Curiosity

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Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity

Curiosity (from Latin curiosus "careful, diligent, curious," akin to cura "care") is an emotion related to natural inquisitive behavior such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species. The term can also be used to denote the behavior itself being caused by the emotion of curiosity. As this emotion represents a drive to know new things, curiosity is a major driving forces behind scientific research and other disciplines of human study.

Further information regarding the role of Curiosity in the Adaptive Cycle can be obtained in Group 2 Student Lecture.