An idle brain may be the self’s workshop
Recent research suggests that mind-wandering may be important and that knowledge of how it works might help treat such conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression and schizophrenia.
August 30, 2010
The resting brain is anything but idle — that simple proposition would be clear if you could peer into Mike Mrazek’s noggin as he putters around his kitchen preparing his daily morning feast of scrambled eggs, oatmeal and fresh fruit.As he plods through his quotidian ritual of gathering ingredients, cutting, chopping, bringing the pan to the correct temperature and boiling water for tea, Mrazek’s thoughts, too, are something of a scrambled feast, as he later recounts.
Childhood memories jostle against thoughts of his girlfriend’s progress on a cross-country journey.