THE DESIRE FOR KNOWLEDGE – NEURAL MECHANISMS OF INFORMATION-SEEKING

Grant number: DP180102383 | Funding period: 2018 - 2021

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Abstract

This project aims to determine the mechanisms that drive individuals to seek out information, and to characterise the neural processes that underlie how that information is valued. The project tests the idea that information is represented in the brain as a form of reward. The results are expected to contribute significant mechanistic insights at the level of brain and behaviour on the nature of information value. This is likely to have wide-ranging implications across multiple domains of human endeavour, including education, work-place efficiency, policy development, and consumer behaviour.

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