Study shows daydreaming can stimulate creativity

Study shows daydreaming can stimulate creativity

The act of having a daydream or “Daydream” can stimulate it creativity and wellbeing. This is indicated by a study developed at the University of California in the United States. According to Jonathan Schooler, one of the psychologists responsible for the research, people come up with more creative solutions to problems after they take a break from trying to solve them.

In the study’s volunteers, the researchers found that those who took breaks — sitting silently or concentrating on another, simpler situation — from tasks that required greater concentration were able to solve their problems more easily.

“The ‘imaginative mind’ can be an opportunity to develop new and different approaches that you hadn’t thought of before,” Schooler said in an interview with The New York Times.

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Aversion to own thoughts

Despite the creative benefits of daydreaming, another study finds that many prefer to avoid situations that cause them to be alone with their own thoughts.

The analysis, developed by the University of Virginia, also in the United States, gathered adult volunteers who were given the option to dwell on their own thoughts for 15 minutes or to selfadminister painful electric shocks.

Of the 413 participants, 77% of men and 25% of women chose shocks. The study proved that “it seems that most people would rather do something than nothing, even if it is something negative”.

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