Forget to remember; remember to forget – daydreaming solves problems

Paul Raven @ 16-05-2009

Another data point to add to the collected studies of creativity and problem-solving: daydreaming activates the same parts of the brain that are used in solving complex quandries:

Until now, the brain’s “default network” – which is linked to easy, routine mental activity and includes the medial prefrontal cortex (PFC), the posterior cingulate cortex and the temporoparietal junction – was the only part of the brain thought to be active when our minds wander.

However, the study finds that the brain’s “executive network” – associated with high-level, complex problem-solving and including the lateral PFC and the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex – also becomes activated when we daydream.

Having spent a good half of my life hanging around with artists, writers and musicians – all of whom tend to mental drifting to a greater or lesser degree, especially when working – this doesn’t really seem like a surprising result, but it’s interesting to have scientific support for an observational theory. All I need now is more time to daydream with… [via BoingToTheBoing]

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3 Responses to “Forget to remember; remember to forget – daydreaming solves problems”

  1. Screen Sleuth says:

    Hey so my teachers were wrong…daydreaming is good for you! According to some weird study funded by god knows who, but hey, this is scientific proof!

  2. Jetse says:

    Hey: those artists, writers and musicians defy the laws of physics: “all of whom tend to metal drifting to a greater or lesser degree…”

    Futurismic typo of the day…;-)

  3. Paul Raven says:

    You do realise I’ll go through Shine with a fine toothed comb now, just so I can catch one of yours? 😉