Monday, May 18, 2009

Daydream believers vindicated

Daydreamers may solve problems faster than focused thinkers, according to a study co-authored by University of British Columbia neuroscientist Assistant Professor Kalina Christoff. The study used MRIs to study brain activity.

Yep, turns out that vacant stare that so irritated my high school algebra teacher merely indicated that I was engaged in intensive problem solving and not just cooling my brain.

"People assume that when the mind wanders away it just gets turned off - but we show the opposite, that when it wanders, it turns on," says Christoff.

Apparently, people spend one-third of their waking time daydreaming. Personally, I think that's low, but I can only speak for myself.

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