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Why is curiosity important for research?
Answered by Shameema Sarker PhD and Keri L. Heitner PhD
  • Shameema Sarker PhD

    Shameema Sarker PhD

  • Keri L. Heitner PhD

    Keri L. Heitner PhD

  1. Shameema Sarker PhD Molecular Biologist & University of Phoenix Faculty Member


    Curiosity is the driving force behind my research work because in my day-to-day life, when I enter the lab, the first thing I ask myself is, "what am I going to see today?"

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  2. Keri L. Heitner PhD Applied Researcher & University of Phoenix Faculty Member


    You need to be curious in order to be a researcher. You need two things: creativity and curiosity. Curiosity is what drives you to figure out what isn't known and why it needs to be known. So, first you have to decide where there's a gap. Where there is a gap that either affects how people, in my field, how people deliver services to address a need or how to address a problem. So, a client might have a problem and the client would call me in to find a solution, but first you have to examine what's wrong. You can do a needs assessment, you can do an evaluation.

    So you have to be curious about it, you have to look at all of the aspects of it and figure out what is it. Something in the environment? Is it something in the organizational culture? Is it something in an interpersonal relationship?

    You have to just open your mind to be curious about everything and look at all different alternatives.

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