Scientists say daydreaming gives you a brain boost

By Maria Kyriacou

Scientists say daydreaming gives you a brain boost
New study dispels the negatives of zoning out, claiming it can lead to optimal brain performance

Daydreamers are often chastised for being lazy and absent-minded, however experts are now extolling the cognitive benefits of this much-maligned habit.

Scientists from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, supervised by Prof. Moshe Bar suggest that by embracing our daydreams we are able to improve our task performance.

“Over the last 15 or 20 years, scientists have shown that mind wandering involves the activation of a gigantic default network involving many parts of the brain,” Bar says.

“This cross-brain involvement may be involved in behavioural outcomes such as creativity and mood, and may also contribute to the ability to stay successfully on-task while the mind goes off on its merry mental way.”

Are you a daydreamer and do you feel vindicated?


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