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it piqued my interest

it made me curious


It piqued my interest = Das hat mein Interesse geweckt



"If you're looking for a job, love animals and don't take yourself too seriously, an opportunity at the Blackpool Zoo might PIQUE YOUR INTEREST."

Twitter Post - CNNI  (30th April 2023)

“Effects of a Concentrated Labor Market. Elena Prager’s INTEREST WAS PIQUED by recent studies that document that high labor market concentration goes hand in hand with low wages.”

Matt Schmitt - Kellogg Insight (4th April 2019)

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pique interest

- to make someone interested in something and want to know more about it

- if something piques your interest, it makes you curious

The Cambridge Dictionary / Collins Dictionary


The word "pique" has an interesting etymology that traces back to the French language. It is derived from the French verb piquer, which means "to prick" or "to sting." The origins of which can be traced further back to the Old French piquer which also meant "to pierce" or "to stab."

Ultimately, piquer has its roots in the Latin word piccare, which also meant "to prick" or "to puncture”.

Over time, the phrase "pique interest" became a common expression in English to describe the act of arousing or stimulating someone's interest or curiosity.


A 2014 study published in the journal "Neuron" found that people are better at remembering information that they are genuinely curious about.

The study, titled “States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit” (Center for Neuroscience at the University of California), found that not only does curiosity make learning about a particular subject more effective, but it also enhances memory for unrelated information learned at the same time.

The reason behind this is likely associated with the dopamine system in our brains, which regulates the sensation of pleasure and reward. When we're curious, this system gets activated, making learning and memory formation more effective.


- curiosity, a strong desire to know or learn something

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