Your high-school teacher may have been wrong to tell you off for not paying attention.
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a study in the journal Neuropsychologia that suggested a strong correlation between a person’s tendency to daydream and the strength and efficiency of their brains.
One of the downsides to daydreaming is that it can get in the way of learning. When people daydream during reading tests, they tend to perform poorly in subsequent comprehension tests. If attention is diverted away from words on the page and directed to the content of the daydream, retrieving information can be seriously affected.
Considering reading and understanding is one of the main ways in which educational success is measured, daydreaming can come at a high price.
Once, the idea of daydreaming into adulthood horrified her. She wanted to grow out of it. But now she thinks it's a useful tool for creative projects like writing. “I would love to have it for the rest of my life,” she says. “I hope it never goes.”
This realization may help us better understand creativity and mental illness.
Daydreaming often gets a bad reputation. While yes– researchers have associated “lapses of attention” with memory loss and depression, here’s the thing: not all daydreaming is a lapse of attention.
Jerome L. Singer is the father of daydreaming. His seminal research over the past 50+ years with his colleagues (including John Antrobus and Eric Klinger) has laid the foundations for virtually all current investigations of the costs and benefits of daydreaming and mind wandering...
We are usually told that daydreaming is a waste of time and mental power, but the ability to daydream offers us tremendous flexibility in our daily lives.
Daydreaming is great for your creativity, too. We are too task-oriented at work most of the time and it hurts us. We don't see obvious connections between things we're working on, because we're stuck at the task level of activity — nose almost in the dirt.
Daydreaming gets a pretty bad rap. It’s often equated with laziness, and we tend to write off people with wandering minds as being absent-minded “space cadets” who can’t get their heads out of the clouds.
Remember all those times you’ve found yourself rudely jarred back to reality after a nice daydream by somebody telling you to “snap out of it” or somebody waving their hand in front of your face like you were some sort of deranged motion detector?
A new study indicates that daydreamers are better at remembering information in the face of distraction.
The insight was stunning. I began to realize what daydreaming had done for me — and to me.
Is sluggish cognitive tempo a disease or disease mongering?
This is an exciting time for mind-wandering in psychology. In the past decade, research has shed much light on the mental state of inattention. Amidst all this research, however, we want to make sure daydreaming doesn’t get overlooked.
Wake your creative abilities.
Exciting new research compares daydreaming in the laboratory with that in the real world.
Spending more than half your day with your mind wandering to the point that it disrupts your life can be ‘maladaptive daydreaming’
Should elaborate fantasies be considered a psychiatric disorder?
An anatomy of daydreaming.
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Do you daydream in an excessive way? Do you weave intricate, elaborate fantasy worlds in your mind? Do you experience daydreaming as an addiction, or find that it causes real problems in your life?
If you do, you are far from being alone; there are a lot of people out there who experience this as well. I've seen many, many people post comments about this issue in various forums all over the internet.
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