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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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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15 Reasons Why Daydreamers are Better Learners

Research in both psychology and neuroscience makes clear that daydreaming is an essential part of mental processing, reasoning and learning.


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Daydreaming could amplify learning, a new study shows

Supports findings that entering a state of “quiet wakefulness” after an experience can boost learning and memory.


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Why ‘Blue-Skying’ Can Unleash Creativity You Didn’t Know You Had

Unlocking blue-sky thinking requires a deliberate shift in mindset: Get curious; Try mindful mind-wandering; Be open to all ideas.


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Can Digital Detox Improve Your Learning Abilities?

Turn off your phone and turn on your mind. Open your thinking and create new brain connections.


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States of Mind: Balancing Laser-Like Focus with Free-Floating Thought

The research surrounding mindful versus mindless work is not so cut-and-dry. It’s quite a bit more nuanced than your typical tale of good versus evil.


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Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

The key to resilience is trying really hard, then stopping, recovering, and then trying again. Our brains need rest as much as our bodies do.


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Put down your devices, and let your mind wander, says study.

People underestimate how enjoyable it is to sit and think without anything to distract them.


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Boredom as a basis for fostering creativity in higher education: A call for pedagogical bravery

Purposefully introducing boredom into the in-person classroom context may prove useful for fostering creativity within the higher education context.


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Is achievement dependent on your focus? Studies say No!

Your brain performs better when you release focus and allow your mind to wander.


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The science behind creativity.

Creative thinking isn't something that comes magically. It’s a skill, and as with any new skill, the more you practice, the better you get.


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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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