A new study has found that people whose minds tend to wander and think broadly score higher than others when it comes to creativity and smartness. There is nothing to be sad about daydreaming because mind wandering may be a sign of intelligence and sharp intellectual approach. WOAH!
But it may sometimes appear worrisome when you are in your class or in your office but you’re out of your mind. A new study published in journal Neuropsychologia reveals thinking about lunch and eating plans does not make much difference because it may be a symptom of creativity. The author of study writes daydreaming is not such a bad thing if your performance does not affect your drifted mind.
A team of researchers at Georgia Institute of technology intended to find what happens to human brain patterns when they are told to lie as an opportunity to research about mind wandering. They recruited 112 persons for the conduct of the study and asked them to lie in MRI machine for 5 minutes. During the process, researchers had identified which parts of the brain were working together during this type of awake in resting state. In the end, they took another test to highlight the creativity and intelligence of the participants as they filled a questionnaire regarding how much their mind wandered in daily life.
This study revealed that those who find themselves more in a daydreaming score higher in intelligence tests and their mind appears to be worked in more synced form with other parts than other people, thus the study concluded daydreaming is a sign of creativity and intelligence.
Christine Godwin, a PhD scholar and leading author of the study, says linkages between mind wandering and intelligence are surprising, unlike other previous studies which found mind-wandering is associated with poor performance and concentration issues of mind.
Godwin tells Health when you think mind wandering can be helpful potentially at times for cognition through a process, it really makes sense. Another study has suggested mind wandering can make people more problem solvers than more focused ones thus it can be helpful for them to realize their future goals. Though this study did not find whether wandering brains have to put fewer efforts to get things done or not but Godwin says their interaction can help us to study it more closely. Some studies find people with high cognitive abilities are able to mind wander more easily because they have the extra brain capacity to speak and perform other cognitive work.
It is popular perception mind wandering is a mental disorder that causes issues of concentration, performance during certain tasks but actually, they are wrong because these factors involve more positive and constructive approaches. So, keep dreaming, keep building your castles but don’t forget to work for them.
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