There are two ways of not paying attention - when your mind wanders or when it is completely blank. They actually are two distinct neurological states.
In this study the task for the participants was to press the button when they saw a number on the screen - any number except for three. Participants also were asked regularly whether the feel focused, thought about something else of felt blank.
In the "wandering" state, they made more wrong choice mistakes (pressed the button when they were not supposed to press it). In the brain scan it looked similar to the state of high arousal and impulsivity. In the "blank" state participant more often missed to press the button on the number, and the brain looked more similar to sleeping brain.
In both cases some areas of the brain seemed to be sleeping while others showed regular awakened state patterns. The research team hopes to delve deeper and understand how attention and hyperactivity disorders function (which also very often are related to poor sleep) - and perhaps identify way of treating it.
👆 and I want to draw your attention, once more, on how brilliant our brain is. If it needs rest, it can make us rest, even if it is like this, "sleeping with one eye". Maybe children who are very distracted, are also very sensitive and very tired of processing this amount of information - and maybe more periods in calm environment would be very beneficial for their attention? Maybe your mind constantly wandering when you should be focused on work also means that you give yourself too much work and too high of a goal, and don't rest enough? Or maybe when you intend to rest, you engage in another activity that keeps your mind active instead of allowing it to rest? Well, then have a good weekend, and do rest :)
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