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Daydreaming Might Make You More Creative — But It Depends on What You Daydream About

Claire Zedelius: Most daydreams are incredibly mundane, like “What should I make for dinner?” or “Is it time to bring the car in for an oil change?” Perhaps we have been asking the wrong question. Maybe what matters for creativity is not how much we daydream, but what we daydream about. I explored this question in a recent study together with fellow researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. According to our results, most types of daydreams are not indicative of creativity. But two types of daydreams — those that are personally meaningful and those with fantastical content — are associated with creativity.

 

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