Monday, September 29, 2008

Novelty Seeking and the Brain


Individual differences in novelty seeking correlate with activity in the striatum and substantia nigra. This is interesting because of the implication of striatal pathways in learning and reward / motivation as well as in "automatic" learning.

Maybe novelty-seeking should be considered more often when students are evaluated for their "learning style." For some novelty-seeking may be such a dominant trait, it may be more important to consider than auditory or visual learning preferences.

Striatal activity underlies novelty choice in humans pdf
Eide Neurolearning Blog: Novelty in the Striatum, ADHD, and Computer games
Primitive brain smarter than we think

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