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Daydreaming to solve problems

While I don't think that Kalina Christoff is right about people changing their attitudes towards daydreamers, this article from TheAge.com is still interesting:

“People assume that when the mind wanders away it just gets turned off - but we show the opposite, that when it wanders, it turns on,” said Christoff, co-author of the study, and head of a neuroscience laboratory at the University of British Columbia in Western Canada.

The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest daydreaming might be a better way to solve problems than intense focusing.

“People who let themselves daydream might not think in the same focused way as when performing a goal-oriented task, but they bring in more mental and brain resources,” said Christoff.

She argued that now people might change their attitudes towards daydreamers.


Source: ThingsAreGood.com

Tags: psychology, science
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