Thought-Processes Involved in Daydreaming May Strengthen Decision Making

Improve Cognition With A Trip Down Memory Lane
Improve Cognition With A Trip Down Memory Lane
Two brain networks previously thought to operate independently, continuously interact and may serve to reconcile external goals with internal meaning.

The human brain can concentrate on externally focused tasks, such as answering a question or solving a puzzle, or internally focused tasks, such as daydreaming. Until recently, these activities were believed to be mutually exclusive. That is, activating one suppressed the other. That is, activating one suppressed the other. But now, evidence suggests that engaging the internally focused brain network actually improves performance of the externally focused network.

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