Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Study Confirms: Daydreaming Helps Brain Problem-Solve

A new study adds to the evidence that while daydreaming the brain recruits complex regions of the brain, including the "executive network," which is associated with complex problem solving.

The study's lead researcher Prof. Kalina Christoff of the University of British Columbia is widely quoted as saying: "This study shows our brains are very active when we daydream--much more active than when we focus on routine tasks."

Says Christoff: "When you daydream, you may not be achieving your immediate goal...but your mind may be taking that time to address more important questions in your life, such as advancing your career or personal relationships."

Focusing has its limits. I'm not anti-focusing. There are times when we MUST focus. When daydreaming, however, you have access to complex brain regions, areas unaccessible when locked in the tunnel-vision of focus. That's why we can suddenly remember something and make new associations and connections when our mind is off task. We can also envision while daydreaming, in other words see mental imagery--a facility unrivaled in its applications to creativity and problem solving.

My book DAYDREAMS AT WORK is ALL about the benefits of daydreaming and how to tap into this creative state of mind for ideas, energy, solutions, and motivation. You can contact me via the form on my website.

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