Daydreaming Is Good for the Mind

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    Catch yourself daydreaming while washing the dishes again? If this happens often you probably have apretty capable working memory, new research suggests.

    This mind wandering, it seems, actually gives your working memory a workout.jordan high heels  Working memory is themental work space that allows the brain to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously. The more workingmemory a person has, the more daydreaming they can do without forgetting the task at hand.

    "Our results suggest that the sorts of planning that people do quite often in daily life — when they're on thebus, when they're cycling to work, when they're in the shower — are probably supported by workingmemory,"Scarpe MBT   study researcher Jonathan Smallwood, of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and BrainScience, said in a statement. "Their brains are trying to allocate resources to the most pressing problems."

    Researchers studied groups of people from the University of Wisconsin-Madison community, ranging in agefrom 18 to 65. The first group was asked to perform simple tasks, like pressing a button every time theytook a breath or clicking in response to a letter popping up on a computer screen; Nike heels these tasks were so easythat their minds were likely to wander, the researchers figured.

    The researchers checked in periodically, asking the participants if their minds were on task or wandering.When the task was over, they measured each participant's working memory capacity by having themremember letters while doing math equations.Jordan Heels    Though all participants performed well on the task, theresearchers noticed that the individuals who indicated their minds had wandered more than others alsoscored higher on the working memory test.

    "What this study seems to suggest is that, woman jordan heels when circumstances for the task aren't very difficult, people whohave additional working memory resources deploy them to think about things other than what they'redoing," Smallwood said.

    Missing moments

    When our minds run out of working memory, these off-topic thoughts can take the main stage without usconsciously meaning them to; for instance, arriving at home with no recollection of the actual trip, Air Jordan High Heels  orsuddenly realizing that they've turned several pages in a book without comprehending any of the words.

    "It's almost like your attention was so absorbed in the mind wandering that there wasn't any left over toremember your goal to read," study researcher Daniel Levinson, nike high heels  a graduate student at the University ofWisconsin-Madison's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, a part of the Waisman Center for BrainImaging and Behavior, said in a statement.

    People with overall higher working memory were better able to stay focused when the task at hand requiredit. MBT Schuhe Those who had low working memory often had their thoughts drift away from the task, and did less well atit.

    The findings add to past research suggesting these mind drifts can be positive moments. For instance,daydreaming has often been associated with creativity — researchers think that our most creative andinventive moments come when daydreaming. MBT Schuhe günstig  It's likely that the most intelligent among us also have highlevels of working memory, Levinson noted.

    The study was published March 14 in the journal Psychological Science.