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5 Benefits of Curiosity

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2. Intelligence
Studies have shown that curiosity positively correlates with intelligence. In one study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2002, researchers correctly predicted that high novelty-seeking (or highly curious) toddlers would have higher IQs as older children than toddlers with lower levels of curiosity. Researchers measured the degree of novelty-seeking behavior in 1,795 3-year-olds and then measured their cognitive ability at age 11. As predicted, the 11-year-olds who had been highly curious 3-year-olds later scored 12 points higher on total IQ compared with low stimulation seekers. They also had superior scholastic and reading ability.

Other studies have shown that high levels of curiosity in adults are connected to greater analytic ability, problem-solving skills and overall intelligence. All of which suggests that cultivating more curiosity in your daily life is likely to make you smarter.

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8:46AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

thanx

12:04PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Without curiosity we are dead.

5:11PM PDT on May 30, 2011

Whenever I hear "Curiosity killed the cat" I say "But satisfaction brought him back!"

2:49AM PDT on Jul 4, 2010

Great article! I've always hated that saying "Curiosity killed the cat". I think we should say "Curiosity made the cat smarter!" =)

8:33PM PDT on Jun 10, 2010

=) cute title too

10:57AM PDT on May 19, 2010

I guess I'm not that curious most of the time...

2:04PM PDT on May 10, 2010

I love to learn about new people & places, so I'm always curious. However, I could care less what other people own or what's in their house, etc. There's a difference in curiousity & nosiness. I embrace other people's curiousity when it is not done in a cruel way. How else does anybody learn?

9:36PM PDT on May 9, 2010

nice ... thanx

6:08AM PDT on May 6, 2010

I totally agree with you. Curiosity is another for of looking for information. This is a very good exercise for you brain and memory.

Here is a list of 20 ways to quickly improve your memory:

20 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Memory

7:45AM PDT on May 5, 2010

I thought curiosity killed the cat. It is good to be curious but not overdo it because it may cuase jitters on others who may feel uncomfortable with your investigative mind.

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