Posted by Jyoti Pal on October 21, 2012

According to the findings of a new study, people who are inborn daydreamers are more creative than those who do not allow their mind to wander.

The study
For the purpose of the study, researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara enrolled participants who were required to perform an “unusual use task.” The task required participants to come up with as many weird ways to use an object as they could.

The participants were required to do one of the four things before taking up the “unusual use task”- perform a demanding task that required total attention while performing the job; perform an undemanding task; take a 12-minute break; or skip the break and move right on to the job again.

Researchers found that participants who indulged in an undemanding task before taking up the “unusual use task” performed better than participants who took up other three things before taking up the task.

Also, people who took up the undemanding task also reported high levels of daydreaming while completing the “unusual use task”.

Researchers believe that a high level of mind-wandering helps in improving scores on the creative challenge. “These data suggest that engaging in simple external tasks that allow the mind to wander may facilitate creative problem solving,” the researchers wrote in the study reported in the journal Psychological Science.

Furthermore, findings of a recently concluded study showed strong associations between daydreaming and good working memory, memory type that enables the mind to think about multiple things at one moment.

The study conducted by the researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science suggested that daydreamers whose minds wandered while performing simple tasks had higher levels of working memory than those who were spontaneous and attentive.




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