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Sunday, February 20, 2011

The benefits of daydreaming

From the Wall Street Journal

A new study led by researchers at the University of Memphis and the University of Michigan extends this theme. The scientists measured the success of 60 undergraduates in various fields, from the visual arts to science. They asked the students if they'd ever won a prize at a juried art show or been honored at a science fair. In every domain, students who had been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder achieved more: Their inability to focus turned out to be a creative advantage.

This makes a lot of sense to me – although I haven’t read the study and there are a number of obvious confounding variables that occur to me off the top of my head.

I’ve never felt that staying on topic all the time was a worthwhile goal.

This is not to deny that there are some kids who need help.