Nature of intrinsic motivation/curiosity

Many models of human behavior indicate the importance of rewards, but humans are endowed with a remarkable capacity to motivate themselves in the absence of extrinsic incentives (e.g., money). We aim to address the fundamental question of how people can initiate and sustain long-term task engagement without explicit rewards.

Key words: Intrinsic motivation, curiosity, interest, reinforcement-learning, decision making, personality development

Murayama, K. (2022). A reward-learning framework of knowledge acquisition: An integrated account of curiosity, interest, and intrinsic–extrinsic rewards. Psychological Review, 129(1), 175–198. PDF   Online Article