Curiosity is an essential aspect of human cognition. It serves as a motivator for various behaviors in adult life, such as reading, learning, and exploration. A lack of curiosity can lead to ignorance, social exclusion, and polarization. Despite centuries of psychological interest, there is little consensus on a unified theory of curiosity and it remains poorly understood.
Eveline Crone aims to investigate the emergence of curiosity during adolescence, a critical period for stimulating curiosity. She seeks to answer key questions such as the factors facilitating its development, and its impact on biological, individual, social, and societal domains. The overarching goal of the project is to propose a new theory on emerging curiosity.