What leads us to try new things? Although there are clear individual differences in our openness to novel experiences, an often overlooked factor that shapes –– and either propels or stalls –– our readiness to explore and to innovate is our day-to-day environment.
The powerful ways in which daily environments can shape responses to newness and innovative behavior are strikingly revealed in the contrasting behaviors of animals living in the wild compared to their zoo-living peers.
—> For more, and some questions for you to think about, see Wilma’s full Psychology Today blog post here.
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