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Curiosity and motivation are two key ingredients for the development of culture in society. Curiosity, on the one hand, forces us to care for the things that we ask questions, we want to see and observes to learn or experience new sensations, new emotions, get out of life, live your life with intensity. But curiosity can be impaired without the push of motivation. The motivation is what makes us jump out of bed in the mornings wanting to throw us back to the world. It’s what keeps us “on and on” in the same way, which moves our legs before we need a break to rest. The motivation and curiosity have proved, since the dawn of time, the two mechanics well combined elements make people learn our lessons without pain. They keep us on guard and the brain well fastened and the little button “on” driven. With curiosity and motivation all learning flows and does not stop until we are no longer in this world. Both lead us to the path of the search for beauty. But two vital elements that are not inhaled, nor breathed, nor eat it…

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Our view is that museums should be complicit under the generation of these two elements. Museums are institutions of learning, should be generators of curiosity. But the processes that immerse visitors in museums, so that these visits are made possible, should involve people in the field of motivation. How can we motivate people to visit museums eager to learn? Or better stated: we must do actions for people visiting museums and have fun learning? It comes to mind or what does not never work: the erudition. Ladies and gentlemen, the erudition does not sell. The erudition is great for those college cloisters where a machine of coffee, teachers, doctors, learned doctors, etc.., Are to unleash the festival of the “I know more than you do”. But that in museums no longer works, and it seems that not even we just heard. We know that we are heavy with the refrain, but I must insist. The children, teenagers, young, thirty something, forties, maturity, grandparents… not motivated to visit museums and to learn surrounded by beauty. They do not feel motivated to visit museums and learn new things in a fun way. The temples of learning must become places where people had fun learning beauty surrounded us.

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But we scholars say about all this. Let’s see. “Curiosity is a behavioral mechanism by which an individual’s cognitive resources channeled towards the search for new information new stimuli that come from their relationship with the environment, encouraging exploration, the investigation learning. Linked to the psychological satisfaction that the individual gets to process information that is interesting for its novelty or be of interest.’s motivation is the urge that moves the person to perform certain actions and persist in them to get to a particular purpose (1). ” Right. The theories ESTN very well but you have to execute. We must respect the scope theorist because statements that are the basis to construct good ideas and good ideas, if you know how to apply correctly, can become solutions. Let’s go over to scholars, to see if we inspire …

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“Today, museums and exhibitions have considered proposals for interactive modules (interactivity is important / NA) psychological, under several theories that explain many of the phenomena of interaction (museum visitor / NA) motivation and learning, other empiric studies arising from earlier interactive installations. Among the key are cognitive constructivism of Jean Piaget, for whom knowledge of all things is a mental process of the individual , developed internally as the individual gets information relates to its environment, the social constructivism of Lev Vygotsky, for whom the human being is characterized by a primary sociability, and argues that knowledge is a cultural product that individual reconstructed from its relationship with other individuals; as other theories parallel those found between the theory and the flow of intrinsically motivated learning Cskszentmihaly Mihaly (1).

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The method’s science is to say which are the motivations that can drive a visitor to go to a museum. First, to walk the museum it alone or share the experience with friends and family, that is, think of it as a social space. I still… “A more level up”, will be the motivation for his own interest in the theme, to satisfy their desire to know, learn, explore, discover novel concepts and objects is , its intellectual character will stimulus. In the next stage, the motivation for his personal connection with what you experience, the fascinaciny emotional depth of experience that let you set analogous to their daily lives. The “high level ms” is the motivating impulse in those scans that stimulate their creativity. on the assumption that each person is unique and has its own needs and expectations, it is clear that as the primary levels are met, expectations are growing for the next levels.

And on, and on…

All this sounds great, but we have many doubts arise, for example: These theories are applicable to sectors of the population such as children? Tomorrow morning we will talk about the museum experience for all audiences …


(1) ¿Cómo se cuelga un cuadro virtual? Las exposiciones en la era digital

RICO, J.C. (coordinador) / FERNÁNDEZ, Luís / ALCALÁ, J.R. / RICO, J.C. (redactor)

Ediciones TREA, Gijón  (2009).