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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Cox: The benefits of daydreaming

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These brain areas are active, working together and communicating with each other. Taken together, they're called the exicetvue network. When your mind starts to wander, a different set of brain areas becomes active. These areas make up the default mode network. The name default mode makes it suond like nothing is going on. And in fact, for many years, scientists associated this pattern of activity with rest. But a closer look reveals that these are the biarn areas inovlevd when we revisit a memory, when we think about our panls and hopes, and yes, when our minds are wnriaendg off on a wild daydream. The mind can wander to unproductive or distressing plaecs and brood over negative past events, like an argument. It can also wander to neutral, everyday matters, like plninnag out the rest of one's afternoon. But where mind-wandering really gets interesting is when it crosses into the realm of free-moving associative thought that you aren’t consciously directing. This kind of mind-wandering is associated with increases in both ideas and positive eoinmtos, and the evidence suggests that daydreaming can help people envision ways to reach their galos and navigate relationships and sciaol sttiiounas.

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These brain areas are active, working together and communicating with each other. Taken together, they're called the _________ network. When your mind starts to wander, a different set of brain areas becomes active. These areas make up the default mode network. The name default mode makes it _____ like nothing is going on. And in fact, for many years, scientists associated this pattern of activity with rest. But a closer look reveals that these are the _____ areas ________ when we revisit a memory, when we think about our _____ and hopes, and yes, when our minds are _________ off on a wild daydream. The mind can wander to unproductive or distressing ______ and brood over negative past events, like an argument. It can also wander to neutral, everyday matters, like ________ out the rest of one's afternoon. But where mind-wandering really gets interesting is when it crosses into the realm of free-moving associative thought that you aren’t consciously directing. This kind of mind-wandering is associated with increases in both ideas and positive ________, and the evidence suggests that daydreaming can help people envision ways to reach their _____ and navigate relationships and ______ __________.

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  2. goals
  3. wandering
  4. planning
  5. sound
  6. brain
  7. executive
  8. places
  9. situations
  10. plans
  11. social
  12. involved

Original Text

These brain areas are active, working together and communicating with each other. Taken together, they're called the executive network. When your mind starts to wander, a different set of brain areas becomes active. These areas make up the default mode network. The name default mode makes it sound like nothing is going on. And in fact, for many years, scientists associated this pattern of activity with rest. But a closer look reveals that these are the brain areas involved when we revisit a memory, when we think about our plans and hopes, and yes, when our minds are wandering off on a wild daydream. The mind can wander to unproductive or distressing places and brood over negative past events, like an argument. It can also wander to neutral, everyday matters, like planning out the rest of one's afternoon. But where mind-wandering really gets interesting is when it crosses into the realm of free-moving associative thought that you aren’t consciously directing. This kind of mind-wandering is associated with increases in both ideas and positive emotions, and the evidence suggests that daydreaming can help people envision ways to reach their goals and navigate relationships and social situations.

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