Sunday, January 11, 2015

Facebook page for Daydreams at Work

I am available for interviews on the topic of daydreams and daydreaming. However, I have shut down my website
I do have a Facebook page for Daydreams at Work.
You can also find me or connect with me by name on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Tip--I am in publishing in the Washington, DC, metro area. The links are in the right rail of this page as well.

You can also reach me from by bio page on Psychology Today.
Thank you for your interest and happy daydreams!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kindle and epub versions now available

Thanks for your interest in Daydreams at Work.
If you want an epub version, please visit:
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Thank you!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Daydreaming Blog Now on

Hey everyone--I have been invited to be a regular blogger on, so I will be doing all my current posts on that site. Please change your bookmarks, etc., and visit me over there!

The new blog is called The Power of Daydreaming---hope to chat with you there. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Aha" Moments Caught on "Tape"

An excellent article in the Wall Street Journal by Robert Lee Hotz reports on research that has "caught on tape" the moment of insight that comes to us in a daydreaming state of mind. “…EEG recordings revealed a distinctive flash of gamma waves emanating from the brain’s right hemisphere… of a second before a volunteer experienced their conscious moment of insight,” writes Hotz.

What’s more, the moment of insight was associated with a change in alpha brain waves in the visual cortex, which also jibes with what researchers know about the daydreaming state. The brain enters an alpha wave state while daydreaming, which is a more relaxed state of mind, and when daydreaming we can envision things, in other words, we can see with the mind’s eye. According to the researchers, these calming changes brought to us via our daydreaming state of mind helps to “quiet the noise” so that we can experience the answer or connection.

What’s weird, according to the researchers, is that the moment of insight seems to happen before we’re even consciously aware of it. That’s why the answer seems to come out of nowhere, but actually, we’re accessing stores of knowledge, memory, and experience unavailable to us when we’re focusing/struggling/concentrating. And thus—the supreme value of the daydreaming state of mind.

We owe a great debt to psychologists who started the research on daydreaming but it appears that the neuroscientists are taking us to the next level when it comes to understanding the mechanics of daydreams.

What's your experience with "aha" moments?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Have a question about daydreams? Looking for a great book club selection?

If you have a question about daydreaming in general or your own personal daydreams, visit my Daydreams At Work website and use the "contact Amy" form to ask any question.

Daydreaming is a dynamic topic for discussion. Make Daydreams at Work your next book club selection, and I guarantee you the conversation will get very interesting very fast. Visit my Daydreams at Work website for a link to the book club discussion guide. In addition, I'd be happy to call in during your club meeting to answer any questions you might have.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Drinking, Daydreaming, and the Capacity for Interruption

One of the reasons we can get away with daydreaming so frequently in life and experience its many benefits—creative problem solving, idea generation, conceptualizing—is because the mind has a great capacity for interruption. Generally, we can snap quickly out of daydreams as some external event punctures the dream. In other words, we can respond to what we need to and move in and out of daydreams at lightning speed.

It’s as if the brain has made some bargain— the possibility of an occasional missed cue (i.e., a missed exit sign) for the extra brain power we get via daydreaming. On the whole, it’s a process that seems to work well—with some exceptions as pointed out in new study from my alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh.

When drunk, not only are we more likely to slip into a daydreaming/mind wandering state, we are less likely to be aware that we’re daydreaming and thus unable or unwilling to snap out of it quickly.

“Some part of the brain has to know what we can get away with” in terms of daydreaming vs. real-world attention, researcher Malia Mason, PhD, told me when I interviewed her for Daydreams at Work, and it looks like this study is getting us closer to that answer.

Jonah Lehrer writes in his science blog about another downside of being unaware that we’re daydreaming—people who are unaware that they’re daydreaming, whether they’re drunk or simply out-of-touch with their daydreaming nature, are less likely to notice when they’ve come up with some kind of creative insight or association, according to researcher Jonathan Schooler. “Letting your mind drift off is the easy part,” says Schooler. “The hard part is maintaining enough awareness so that even when you start to daydream you can interrupt yourself and notice a creative thought.”

Friday, June 12, 2009

Daydreams at Work reading/signing at Sacred Circle Books in Old Town Alexandria, VA

An impromtu discussion on daydreaming as I signed my new book Daydreams at Work at the beautiful and peaceful Sacred Circle Books in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for featuring the signing as the "Image of the Day" in their e-newsletter, a great newsletter that goes out to indie booksellers, libraries, and web booksellers. Thanks!

If you’re in Old Town Alexandria, VA, on Sat. 6/13 Stop by and see me for reading/signing of Daydreams at Work at Sacred Circle Books 5:30-7.