fMRI brain scans from UBC Mind Wandering Study (Image: Courtesy of Kalina Christoff)
A subject performs a routine task in an fMRI brain scanner (Image: Courtesy of Kalina Christoff)
Professor Kalina Christoff is the author of UBC Mind Wandering Study (Photo: Martin Dee, UBC)
If you think letting your mind wander is unproductive then you may be in for a big surprise. A recent study at the University of British Columbia found that our brains are much more active when we daydream than previously thought. What is surprising is that the study also found that brain areas associated with complex problem-solving – previously thought to go dormant when we daydream – are actually more active than when we focus on routine tasks.
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