Mindwandering: How Your Constant Mental Drift Can Improve Your Mood and Boost Your Creativity

Mindwandering: How Your Constant Mental Drift Can Improve Your Mood and Boost Your Creativity

by Moshe Bar
Mindwandering: How Your Constant Mental Drift Can Improve Your Mood and Boost Your Creativity

Mindwandering: How Your Constant Mental Drift Can Improve Your Mood and Boost Your Creativity

by Moshe Bar

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Overview

“One of the pre-eminent cognitive neuroscientists of his generation” explores the proven benefits of letting your mind wander and the positive impact it can have on your mood and creative potential (Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling On Happiness).

Our brains are noisy; certain regions are always grinding away at involuntary activities like daydreaming, worrying about the future, and self-chatter, taking up to forty-seven percent of our waking time. This is mindwandering—and while it can tug your attention away from the present and contribute to anxiety and depression, cognitive neuroscientist Moshe Bar is here to tell you about the method behind this apparent madness.
     
Mindwandering is the first popular book to explore this multi-faceted phenomenon of your wandering mind and introduces you to the new, exciting research behind it. Bar combines his decades of research to explain the benefits and the possible cost of mindwandering within the broader context of psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry and philosophy, providing you with practical knowledge that can help you:
  • Develop your sense of self, better relate to others, and make associations that help you understand the world around you
  • Increase your ability to focus by understanding when to wander—and when not to
  • Magnify and enrich your experiences by learning about full immersion
  • Stimulate your creativity by combing through the past and making predictions about the future
  • Boost your mood by unleashing your mind.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306925290
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 989,219
File size: 993 KB

About the Author

Moshe Bar, PhD is the former Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital and an internationally renowned cognitive neuroscientist. He has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For his outstanding research and academic achievements, he has received many awards and honors, including the prestigious 21st Century Science Initiative Award from the McDonnell Foundation, and the Hebb Award from The International Neural Networks Society. He headed the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University in Israel until recently.

Table of Contents

Introduction: States of Mind xi

Chapter 1 Always "On" 1

Chapter 2 Connecting with Our Thoughts 9

Chapter 3 The Journey from Now 37

Chapter 4 What Do We Wander About? Our Self First 45

Chapter 5 This Way Something Potentially Wicked Comes 57

Chapter 6 Future Memories: Learning from Imagined Experiences 69

Chapter 7 The Loss of Novelty 85

Chapter 8 Templates of Mind and the Limits of Boundaries 95

Chapter 9 Breadth of Thought, Creativity, and Mood 109

Chapter 10 Meditation, the Default Brain, and the Quality of Our Experience 127

Chapter 11 Immersed Living 147

Chapter 12 An Optimal Mind for the Occasion 167

In Sum: Five Points to Keep in Mind 205

Appendix: From the Lab to Everyday Life 207

Acknowledgments 221

Notes 227

Index 237

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