Exploratory Behavior or Curiosity

  • Konrad Z. Lorenz


As mentioned in Three/IV/3, stimulus selection through learning occurs much more frequently and in a greater number of organisms than does the selection of behavior patterns. Only in species with a very highly differentiated central nervous system, and even among these only in situations of utmost stress (Three/IV/6), does the animal perform a great number of behavior patterns in order to select the one that affords relief. Under normal circumstances, only within the context of exploratory behavior do we find learning processes agreeing strictly with a behaviorist’s concept of operational conditioning or learning of the type R.


Behavior Pattern Exploratory Behavior Motor Pattern Autonomous Motivation Skilled Movement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Konrad Z. Lorenz
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  1. 1.ViennaAustria

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