Part Of The Inner Space Series. Daydream Believer is a Digital Collage which is struck by flashes of creative insight whilst tumbling through the heady clouds of a Daydream. Daydreaming, once an activity much maligned as a feckless lack of concentration and focus, has in recent research been shown to play key roles in the integration of new knowledge, the promotion of fluid intelligence, processing personal memories, identity formation and problem solving through the emergence of novel ideas. When the mind is not focusing on the outside world or engaged in task oriented thinking, the brain instead switches its activity to suite of regions known as the Default Mode Network (DMN). Daydreaming and Mindwandering are trademark activities of the DMN's neural processing style of Spontaneous Assosciative Thinking.
When we are engaged in this mode of processing instead of focusing on outside tasks, the mind joins loosely related dots, dots that we had not previously considered to be dots and that thing over there thats not a dot, but lets get it in the mix anyway. In this way we can generate new perspectives, contexts, narratives and meanings, finding ourselves suddenly struck by our most wonderful 'Eureka' moments of inspiration, whilst singing in the shower, casually sitting on a bus, getting out for a run or just pottering around the house. Daydreaming is indeed important work.