Psychology & Psychiatry

Not all mind wandering is created equal

Mind wandering—sometimes seen as daydreaming or "zoning out"—has been shown to facilitate creative thinking and problem solving, but in the wrong context it can become distracting or even dangerous. Inattentive students ...

Neuroscience

Neuroscientists literally change the way we think

Does your mind wander when performing monotonous, repetitive tasks? Of course! But daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom. In fact, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Wandering minds associated with aging cells

Scientific studies have suggested that a wandering mind indicates unhappiness, whereas a mind that is present in the moment indicates well-being. Now, a preliminary UCSF study suggests a possible link between mind wandering ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

A 5-minute recipe for stress relief

(HealthDay)—Whether it comes from demands at home, a slow commute or monthly bills, it's hard to escape stress. Beyond affecting your mood, it can play havoc with your health, from lost sleep and stress-eating to weight ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Minding the details of mind wandering

It's long been associated with failing grades and accidents behind the wheel, but it turns out that the wandering mind may be far more complex than many believe.

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