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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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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Small habits that will boost your well-being at work.

Harvard Business Review recommends taking a few short, quality breaks, that disconnect you from work, for refuel and recharge.


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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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Being bored can be good for you – if you do it right.

If you're waiting for brilliance to strike, try getting bored first! It is good for your mind, imagination and productivity.


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Performance pressure and innovative work behaviour: The role of problem-orientated daydreams

Escape from work stress, and generate solutions to solve work related challenges


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Benefits of mind-wandering for learning in school, through its positive effects on creativity. 2022

Mind wandering occurring at the right time may actually promote certain learning tasks.


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Stolen Focus. Why you can’t pay attention. By Johann Hari

Mind wandering is not a crumbling of attention but in fact a crucial form of attention in its own right.


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“Give me a break!” A systematic review and meta-analysis on the efficacy of microbreaks for increasing well-being and performance

Microbreaks are efficient in preserving high levels of vigour and alleviating fatigue.


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Nursing Implications of Mindfulness-Informed Interventions for Stroke Survivors and Their Families

Mindfulness-informed interventions appear to improve symptoms in a wide variety of clinical populations, including stroke survivors and their families.


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Mindfulness and relaxation techniques for stroke survivors with aphasia: A feasibility and acceptability study

A diminished ability to communicate is highly stressful, as it can lead to isolation, depression and anxiety. This study found patients reported positively on relaxation techniques that do not require language output.


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Spontaneous mind-wandering tendencies linked to cognitive flexibility in young adults

A positive link between mind-wandering and cognitive flexibility, as measured by task switching performance in young adults.


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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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