Rest Is Not Idleness

  title={Rest Is Not Idleness},
  author={Mary Helen Immordino‐Yang and Joanna A. Christodoulou and Vanessa Singh},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={352 - 364}
When people wakefully rest in the functional MRI scanner, their minds wander, and they engage a so-called default mode (DM) of neural processing that is relatively suppressed when attention is focused on the outside world. Accruing evidence suggests that DM brain systems activated during rest are also important for active, internally focused psychosocial mental processing, for example, when recalling personal memories, imagining the future, and feeling social emotions with moral connotations… 

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