Power Can’t keep your mind at one place for more than an hour? Have a habit of daydreaming at workplace, meetings or at home? It may not be as bad as you think. According to a latest study, daydreaming could be a sign of advanced level of smartness and brain power. The study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia revealed that people with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering while performing mundane tasks.
“People tend to think of mind wandering as something that is bad. You try to pay attention and you can’t. Our data are consistent with the idea that this isn’t always true. Some people have more efficient brains,” said Eric Schumacher, Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, US. Day dreaming could be an indication of higher efficiency and capacity of brain to think, and this extra efficient brain may wander when performing easy tasks, he said. For the study the team measured the brain patterns of people while they lay in an MRI machine. This data was then used to identify which areas of the brain work together during an awake and resting state.
“The correlated brain regions gave us insight about which areas of the brain work together during an awake, resting state,” said Christine Godwin, doctoral student at the varsity. “Interestingly, research has suggested that these same brain patterns measured during these states are related to different cognitive abilities,” Godwin added.
The findings revealed Individuals who reported more frequent daydreaming scored higher on intellectual and creative ability and had more efficient brain systems measured in the MRI machine, the researchers said.