Creativity and the Wandering Mind: Spontaneous and Controlled Cognition summarizes research on the impact of mind wandering and cognitive control on creativity, including imagination, fantasy and play..

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Coverage focuses on the negative consequences of mind wandering on focused problem-solving, the positive effect of mindfulness, and the positive consequences of mind wandering. Research indicates that most people experience mind wandering during a large percentage of their waking time, and that it is a baseline default mode of brain function during the awake but resting state. This volume explores the different kinds of mind wandering and its positive impact on imagination, problem-solving and creative output.