Daydreamers Are Smarter
Don't take this the wrong way - I'm not just staring out the window - it's just that I got a really efficient brain. If only I'd known about the results of a new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology when I was in school, I'd have had a ready excuse for those smart-alecky teachers who tried to ask me questions about what was being discussed in the class that I was seemingly paying no attention to. The worst part of it for them was when I'd quickly answer their "gotcha" questions without breaking away from my outdoor gazing.
Psychology students and professors recently completed a controlled study utilizing MRI technology to study the brain, and one of the conclusions was: "People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering." Subjects were asked to focus on a fixed point for five whole minutes while undergoing MRI so researchers could see which areas of the brain were activated and working in unison.
In addition to the MRI, subjects took a battery of tests that measured other areas of intellectual and creative ability, like IQ tests and answering questionnaires regarding how long they reported daydreaming and mind wandering on a daily basis.
One finding of the tests is knowing how efficient your own brain is. For example, if you can zone in and out of conversations or tasks without missing anything important, you may have an efficient brain.
Think of the last meeting you were in.
Your higher efficiency brain allows you to get a grasp on the subject matter at hand quickly, then tune into your own beat for a while.
Well, you probably get the gist of this post. I'm going back to staring out of the window.
If you didn't get it, here are the study's findings click here.