Daydreaming

Another reminder of why trying to be more productive might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

I found a link on the The Frontal Cortex to an article the author wrote for the Boston Globe about daydreaming. Following are a couple of random excerpts:

In recent years, however, scientists have begun to see the act of daydreaming very differently. They’ve demonstrated that daydreaming is a fundamental feature of the human mind – so fundamental, in fact, that it’s often referred to as our “default” mode of thought. Many scientists argue that daydreaming is a crucial tool for creativity, a thought process that allows the brain to make new associations and connections.

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Teresa Belton, a research associate at East Anglia University in England, first got interested in daydreaming while reading a collection of stories written by children in elementary school. Although Belton encouraged the students to write about whatever they wanted, she was startled by just how uninspired most of the stories were.

If you have time, read the full article, or read the shorter blog post here (and take a look around the rest of the blog…v.interesting stuff, even for an unscientific mind like mine).

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