Daydreaming can Make You Remember Better

by Trilok Kapur on  March 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM Research News
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 Daydreaming can Make You Remember Better
The conclusion of a new study is that if you want to improve your memory, take a daydream break.

Msnbc.com reports, in a study, NYU neuroscientists found that constant multitasking with no break had a bad impact on individuals' brains.

During the research, boffins found that participants who let their minds "rest" after looking at pairs of images could recall the pairs better later on, reports The New York Daily News.

"Our data suggests that if you are not allowing yourself, not giving yourself, a break, it is costly," said Lila Davachi, an assistant professor in NYU's Department of Psychology and Center for Neuroscience. "It's possible you are hindering your brain's ability to consolidate memories and experiences."

Around 16 men and women between the ages of 22 and 34 participated in the study. A functional MRI machine scanned their brains as they looked at objects, faces, or a scenic view.

"I have been thinking more and more about our external environment and internal environment," University of California neuroscientist Adam Gazzeley told msnbc.com. "We feel like we live in an external environment because we interact with the world. But we also have a dynamic and rich internal environment."

"There are costs to multitasking and not pausing," said Gazzaley.

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