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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Why Daydreaming is Good For the Brain?

Do you often daydream when you're washing the car or the dishes? A new study says, if it is often the case, there is a chance you have of working memory is quite reliable. 

Mind wander where it appears to provide training for your working memory. Working memory is a mental workspace that allows the brain to do some thinking together. More and more working memory a person has, the more often he can daydream without forgetting the task in hand. 

"Our results show that such methods often do people in everyday life when they are on the bus, biking to work, or in the bathroom. May be supported by working memory," said Jonathan Smallwood, the study researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science. "Their brains are trying to allocate resources to the most pressing problems." 

In their study, researchers studied the community of the University of Wisconsin-Madison 18-65 years old. The first group was asked to perform simple tasks such as pressing a button every time they inhale or click the e-mail that appears on a computer screen. This task is so easy, so that their minds are very likely to wander. 
Individuals who are distracted while working on the task turned out to obtain higher scores on tests of working memory. "This study shows that when a task is not too difficult, people who have additional working memory resources will be thinking of something else," says Smallwood. 

Conversely, if we run out of memory working memory, off-topic thoughts can take over without us knowing it. For example, arriving home without remembering new trips taken, or suddenly aware of having read a few pages of a book without understanding any of his words. *** [LIVESCIENCE | KORAN TEMPO 3829]
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