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The Benefits of Daydreaming

April 6, 2012

From Smithsonian Magazine Blog:

Does your mind wander? During a class or meeting, do you find yourself staring out the window and thinking about what you’ll do tomorrow or next week? As a child, were you constantly reminded by teachers to stop daydreaming?

Well, psychological research is beginning to reveal that daydreaming is a strong indicator of an active and well-equipped brain. Tell that to your third-grade teacher.

A new study, published in Psychological Science by researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, suggests that a wandering mind correlates with higher degrees of what is referred to as working memory. Cognitive scientists define this type of memory as the brain’s ability to retain and recall information in the face of distractions…..

Read full article at Smithsonian Magazine Blog

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dienna permalink
    April 7, 2012 10:08:26 am

    “Does your mind wander? During a class or meeting, do you find yourself staring out the window and thinking about what you’ll do tomorrow or next week? As a child, were you constantly reminded by teachers to stop daydreaming?”

    Story of my life! Off to read the article now.

  2. April 7, 2012 10:08:07 pm

    Great info, thanks!

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