(Natural News) Do you find your mind wandering at work? New research reveals that daydreaming is not actually bad; instead it is a sign that you are smart and creative, as reported by the Science Daily.
“People tend to think of mind wandering as something that is bad. You try to pay attention and you can’t,” said Eric Schumacher, an associate psychology professor and one of the authors of the study.
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology evaluated the brain patterns of more than 100 individuals with the use of MRI scans. The subjects were asked to focus on a fixed point for five minutes while they lay in an MRI machine. Then, the team of researchers used the data to spot which parts of the brain worked together.
“The correlated brain regions gave us insight about which areas of the brain work together during an awake, resting state,” said Christine Godwin, another author of the study.
The participants also took tests that measured their intellectual and creative ability. In addition, they answered a survey on how much their mind wandered everyday.
After the researchers analyzed all the data gathered, they found that the individuals who reported to daydream more often had higher scores on the intellectual and creative ability tests compared to those who daydreamed less. Furthermore, the researchers discovered that participants whose minds wandered more frequently had more efficient brain systems based on the MRI scans results.
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