Curiosity and Information Seeking in Animal and Human Behavior

by Wojciech Pisula


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The purpose of the book is to deliver a critical review of the literature and author's research data relevant for understanding the phenomena of curiosity, information seeking behavior, and novelty seeking. The book is designed to be a comprehensive and systematic lecture of areas related to the main subject in a way that will enable the reader to grasp the notion of development in terms of the evolutionary time scale and ontogenesis. Each of the subjects is explained on the basis of three perspectives: ultimate factors, integrative levels, and aroximate mechanisms. This work is intended to integrate approaches adopted within psychology, ethology, and behavioral neuroscience.

About the Author

Wojciech Pisula, Ph.D., is Professor of comparative psychology at the Institute of Psychology of Polish Academy of Sciences and Helena Chodkowska University of Management and Law. He is a fellow of the Foundation for Polish Science, member of Sigma Xi, member of the National Committee for Ethics in Animal Experimentation in Poland, and was a fellow of the Polish-US Fulbright Commission Award in 1996.