Propensity or diversity? Investigating how mind wandering influences the incubation effect of creativity
- PsychologyPloS one
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
- PsychologyFrontiers in Psychology
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.…
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When the Muses Strike: Creative Ideas of Physicists and Writers Routinely Occur During Mind Wandering
- PsychologyPsychological science
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
- PsychologyFront. Psychol.
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".
- PsychologyPsychological bulletin
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.
Back to the future: Autobiographical planning and the functionality of mind-wandering
- PsychologyConsciousness and Cognition
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…
More mind wandering, fewer original ideas: be not distracted during creative idea generation.
- PsychologyActa psychologica
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…