Mind Wandering News and Research

Today there is mounting evidence to suggest that periods of intentional mind drift can help to recharge and refresh the brain,. This then opens opportunities for creative thinking and problem solving, mood improvement and learning consolidation. Below is a selection of published research, articles, and books for those interested in exploring the findings on intentional unfocus.

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Spontaneous Entry into an Offline State during Wakefulness: A Mechanism of Memory Consolidation?

Moments of in-attention to our surroundings may be essential for optimal cognitive function. This research suggests that our 'offline' state appears to serve as a memory processing function.


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How to get your brain to focus. TedX Talk Chris Bailey

We like to think of distraction as the enemy of focus but it's not. It's a symptom of why we find it difficult to focus. Rather, it is our mind that is over stimulated.


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The science of a wandering mind

More than just a distraction, mind-wandering (and its cousin, daydreaming) may help us prepare for the future


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Why do we get our best ideas in the shower?

The 'shower' effect on creative thinking output is the product of your thoughts wandering anywhere but on the task at hand.


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Why we are so bad at day dreaming, and how to fix it!

The ability to think for pleasure is important. Not only can it be an antidote to boredom, but may also boost wellness and even pain tolerance.


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Jeff Bezos Uses “Mind Wandering” To Boost Productivity.

His focus is to ensure he and his team have ample time to review and develop creative ideas through meetings designed to stimulate open thinking.


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Pay attention and you might miss it: greater learning during attentional lapses

This research finds that attentional lapses can help us learn and use contingencies that lie beyond initial narrow goals.


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How to Take a Break from Work (and Why You Need To)

Stress can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being. Find a way to refresh your mind and body to help you return to your tasks with a clear mind.


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This is what your brain does when you are not doing anything.

A summary of the research thinking on brain regions including the DMN, and how they interact with each other.


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The Power of Unstructured Thinking: A guide to generating innovative ideas

Try breaking free from traditional ways of thinking and approaching problems in new, unconventional ways.


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The 5 Resets – Rewire Your Brain and Body for Less Stress and More Resilience by Dr A Nerurkar

Stress is problematic when it's out of tune with our lives. Here are five, science backed, mindset shifts, to help reset your mental bandwidth.


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Is Social Media Hijacking Your Brain? Spontaneity May Be the Antidote

Social media has changed how we are distracted. Our spontaneous creative thinking has been replaced with moral outrage, doom-scrolling and anxiety issues.


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Need to recharge your mind?Take a Wander

Wander120 delivers you an extensive supply of thought prompts to use in your 120 second microbreak. The small but powerful act of positive mind wandering can help you switch from draining thinking, to instead, recharge, refresh and relax the mind, and calm your busy, exhausted brain. This will ensure you have the mental space to regain control of your thinking capability, manage your brain energy and improve your mood and output.Start your free trial today.

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