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Chapter 2 - From Curiosity to Interest

Accumulated Knowledge Supports Long-Term Persistence of Information-Seeking Behavior

from Part I - What Drives Humans to Seek Information?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 May 2022

Irene Cogliati Dezza
University College London
Eric Schulz
Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen
Charley M. Wu
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
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Information-seeking research emerges from separate traditions focusing on one-time information-seeking behavior (research on curiosity), and long-term task engagement (research on interest). However, these lines of research have been developed independently, and there has been little discussion as to how they can be understood in an integrative manner. Here we present a general framework (the reward-learning framework of knowledge acquisition) that provides a more comprehensive understanding of information-seeking behavior, effectively linking these two research traditions. This framework is based on existing reward-learning models that account for one-time information-seeking behavior, but extends them to explain its long-term development by incorporating the key role of knowledge accumulation.

The Drive for Knowledge
The Science of Human Information Seeking
, pp. 31 - 52
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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