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Daydream achiever - A wandering mind can do important work, scientists are learning-- and may even be essential
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Scientists; Fantasies; Creativity
Author: Lehrer, Jonah||||||Jonah Lehrer is an editor at large at Seed magazine||||||the author of "Proust Was a Neuroscientist."He is a regular contributor to Ideas.
Date: Aug 31, 2008
Start Page: C.1
Section: Ideas
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Children in school are encouraged to stop daydreaming and "focus," and wandering minds are often cited as a leading cause of traffic accidents. After monitoring the daily schedule of the children for several months, Belton came to the conclusion that their lack of imagination was, at least in part, caused by the absence of "empty time," or periods without any activity or sensory stimulation.

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