The seductive power of curiosity: People are willing to gamble & take the risk of potential electric shocks to learn trivial knowledge with no instrumental value. And it is on the striatum (again). Interesting work by et al.
Curiosity, the desire to scratch an intellectual itch, recruits the same brain ressources as the desire to satisfy one's hunger.
Another great preprint on curiosity! "Hunger for Knowledge: How the Irresistible Lure of Curiosity is Generated in the Brain" from Kou Murayama's lab