Monday, April 26, 2010

Novelty Seekers are Emotion and Reward Seekers

fMRI studies show that people who score on novelty seeking scores (high exploratory, extravagant response to potential pleasures) also score the highest on emotional expectancy and activation of the medial prefrontal cortex (reward).

Not surprisingly, novelty seeking has been associated with the dopaminergic system and ADHD.

When we see kids with a strong novelty-seeking personality, it's interesting to watch them explore our waiting area. They always seem to find the most interesting things in the room right away - it definitely can be a strength in the right situation, but not surprisingly it's a poor fit with non-entertaining, non-salient teachers. What these kids often need is time to explore, an animated teacher, and lessons that whet the interest - What's unexpected, what's extreme, what's funny.

If a novelty-seeking student has no problems learning from a teacher who teaches with a high salience approach, is it a disease?

fMRI of Novelty Thinking Personalities pdf CY6F2JXE9YXF

Eide Neurolearning Blog - Blogged

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