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daydreaming

An Ode To Spacing Out

Today only 6 percent of studies note the functional benefits of mind wandering. But in the 1960s psychologist Jerome L. Singer launched research which demonstrated that daydreaming is crucial for a healthy, satisfying mental life. His research is a kind of ode to spacing out: his work focused on what he identified to be positive constructive daydreaming which he found consisted of playful imagery, and playful creative thought. It’s a refreshing, and somewhat relieving perspective to hear — considering that mind-wandering is a universal human experience. In fact, in the time that I wrote this piece, I’ve drifted into thought about the effects of walking, or completing tasks which require little mental focus, and the effects they have on continuing with tasks that require stronger cognitive focus. And bingo: researchers from Bar Ilan University in Israel found that daydreaming can actually boost task performance. But there’s an important distinction to made between positive constructive daydreaming (pad) and procrastination — or poor attentional control. PCD refers more to playful imagery and playful creative thoughts, whereas say, constantly shifting …

Picasso’s Light Drawings, 1949

When two creative minds unite and create something, the results are always more than likely purely fascinating. This is exactly what happened when LIFE magazine photograhper Gjon Mili showed Pablo Picasso his work. It sparked something in Picasso’s mind, and then suddenly like a quick lightning strike, they cam up with the idea of drawing with light. Picasso to draw, Mili to capture. The results were extraordinary. But how were they achieved? In the LIFE magazine feature, it explains: This series of photographs, known ever since as Picasso’s “light drawings,” were made with a small electric light in a darkened room; in effect, the images vanished as soon as they were created — and yet they still live, six decades later, in Mili’s playful, hypnotic images. Many of them were also put on display in early 1950 in a show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. All images via LIFE magazine by Gjon Mili