Does Your Mind Wander? That's a Good Thing
People who daydream may have too much brain capacity to prevent their minds from wandering, suggests a new study conducted by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology. This may indicate high levels of intelligence and creativity in daydreamers.
For this study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure brain patterns of more than 100 volunteers and identify which parts of the brain worked in unison when study participants attempted to focus on a stationary fixation point for five minutes. Prior research has connected brain patterns in these areas of the brain to certain cognitive abilities.
Then, each study participant completed a questionnaire about how much his or her mind typically wanders in daily life. According to researchers, those who reported more frequent daydreaming scored higher on intellectual and creative ability and had more efficient brain systems as measured by MRI scan.