Capturing the dynamics of creative daydreaming

  title={Capturing the dynamics of creative daydreaming},
  author={Claire M. Zedelius and Jonathan W. Schooler},
  journal={Creativity and the Wandering Mind},

Propensity or diversity? Investigating how mind wandering influences the incubation effect of creativity

Mind wandering has been argued to be beneficial for breaking through mental impasses, which leads to better creative performance upon a second attempt (i.e., the incubation effect). However, the

The impacts of mind-wandering on flow: Examining the critical role of physical activity and mindfulness

Background Individuals with mind-wandering experience their attention decoupling from their main task at hand while others with flow experience fully engage in their task with the optimum experience.

And What’s Next?

So far, so good. This concludes our first look at the vast land of digital lead community fundraising. And it’s just that—a first look. Nothing more, but also nothing less. So here’s a brief look at



When the Muses Strike: Creative Ideas of Physicists and Writers Routinely Occur During Mind Wandering

Ideas that occurred during mind wandering were more likely to be associated with overcoming an impasse on a problem and to be experienced as “aha” moments, compared with ideas generated while on task.

Exploring the Link Between Mind Wandering, Mindfulness, and Creativity: A Multidimensional Approach

Even if mind wandering (MW) and mindfulness have traditionally been intended as separate and antithetical constructs, the roles of these 2 mental states on creative behavior were jointly explored in

Not all minds that wander are lost: the importance of a balanced perspective on the mind-wandering state

Two formal hypotheses are proposed that highlight task context and thought content as critical factors that constrain the Costs and benefits of self-generated thought and provide direction on ways to investigate the costs and benefits from an impartial perspective.

Mind Wandering and the Incubation Effect in Insight Problem Solving

Although many anecdotes suggest that creative insights often arise during mind wandering, empirical research is still sparse. In this study, the number reduction task (NRT) was used to assess whether

Unearthing the creative thinking process: fresh insights from a think aloud study of garden design

A number of theories of creativity have converged on the idea that creative thinking entails shifting between different processes. We attempt to build on recent theoretical developments through

Spontaneous repetitive thoughts can be adaptive: postscript on "mind wandering".

  • B. Baars
  • Psychology
    Psychological bulletin
  • 2010
This view of the spontaneous stream is consistent with the perspective of global workspace theory on conscious contents, which suggests that conscious events are not like unconscious cognitive representations, rather, conscious events trigger widespread adaptive changes in the brain, far beyond their cortical origins.

Spontaneous Repetitive Thoughts Can Be Adaptive: Postscript on McKay and Vane (2010)

When researchers use the term mind wandering for task-unrelated thoughts in signal detection tasks, we may fall into the trap of believing that spontaneous thoughts are task unrelated in a deeper

Child’s play: Facilitating the originality of creative output by a priming manipulation.

When children play, they often do so in very original ways. However, with the responsibilities of adulthood, this playful curiosity is sometimes lost and conventional responses often result. In the