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Curious2018 pp 87-94 | Cite as

Out of Curiosity from Blue Sky Research to Medical Innovation

  • Rudi BallingEmail author
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Abstract

Curiosity, the intrinsic urge to know and to find out more about whatever has caught our mind, seems to be laid down in our DNA. Much has been written about the evolution and the forces that drove human evolution. We cannot repeat the experiment, but try to imagine human mankind without the trait called “Curiosity”? This trait seems to be closely associated with genes related to the dopamine and the dopamine receptor system, which in turn we know is connected to personality traits such as novelty-seeking, exploration behavior, risk-taking, or reward-expectancy and, on a more darker side, addiction.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB)University of LuxembourgBelvauxLuxembourg
  2. 2.Scripps Translational Science InstituteLa JollaUSA

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