Monday, February 21, 2011

In defense of not paying attention

Jonah Lehrer writes in an article on the WSJ:
In recent years, however, scientists have begun to outline the surprising benefits of not paying attention. Sometimes, too much focus can backfire; all that caffeine gets in the way. For instance, researchers have found a surprising link between daydreaming and creativity—people who daydream more are also better at generating new ideas. Other studies have found that employees are more productive when they're allowed to engage in "Internet leisure browsing" and that people unable to concentrate due to severe brain damage actually score above average on various problem-solving task
I'm glad there's someone out there to justify my blogging/web-browsing habits while I'm trying to work on my research.

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