Get angry when you see your child wandering off? Scientist: Children who wander off are actually smarter

time:2022-09-27 05:33:15source:monlittlebaby.com author:Sneeze
Get angry when you see your child wandering off? Scientist: Children who wander off are actually smarter

Many parents get angry because their children are inattentive, always distracted, or often in a daze. Some parents also sign up courses for their children and try to cultivate their concentration. But what you don't know is that mind wandering is actually good for the brain! Because the brain is the "big energy consumer" of the body, it needs to consume a lot of energy when running at high speed, and it is very easy to get tired. So when encountering something too difficult and tiring, the brain will find a way to escape, and even automatically block relevant information. This is actually a reminder that you are too tired and need to rest or do some other simple things to adjust. And when it comes to simple and easy work, the brain can choose to run the program automatically, save some energy for itself, and take the opportunity to be lazy. Because of these things done at this time, there is already a relatively fixed pattern in the brain that can run by itself, even if you don't need to pay too much attention, you can complete things smoothly. Therefore, mind wandering is divided into two types, conscious mind wandering and unconscious mind wandering. Unconscious mind wandering is when a child encounters a math problem he does not understand, or an obscure classical Chinese text, and he can't read it for a long time, he will unconsciously slip away. This kind of slipping behavior can affect what is being done. Most of the headaches for many parents are this kind of unconscious mind wandering. Conscious mind wandering is when the teacher is teaching above and the child is playing with pencils below. The teacher thinks that the child is not listening to the lesson, and calls the child up to ask questions angrily, but the child can answer everything the teacher just said. In other words, what the teacher just said may be relatively simple to the child, and the child's brain "deliberately" slips away, but it does not affect the child's understanding of the content. What experts say about the benefits of mind-wandering for children also means intentional mind-wandering. So what are the benefits of intentional distraction for children? 1. When people think of interesting things in a daze, they will feel more happy, and they will be more active in facing the following homework and tasks. Of course, thinking about sad things when you accidentally wander can make your mood even more negative. Mind wandering makes people more creative. When a child is distracted, his consciousness will float in a variety of thoughts, full of imaginary pictures and different feelings shuttle back and forth. Such wandering thinking is more likely to collide with various ideas and generate more new creative sparks. Mind-wandering can help improve work performance, reduce habitual actions, and make it easier to miss sudden changes. Relieve brain fatigue caused by repetitive work and help wake up the brain. 2. Mind-wandering can also help children set more specific, higher-quality goals. The reason is that human automatically generated cognition is related to the realization of goals. Once a group of scientists invited a group of participants to write down their 3 goals. The first ones are relatively simple and abstract. After they participated in the "mind-wandering task", the goals they wrote the second time were more specific, detailed, and clear than the first time, and were generally of better quality. The participants' brains also showed increased connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus, a change that was also associated with goal setting. Specific goals make people more clear about how to achieve them, so they can better inspire people and relieve anxiety, and make people more willing to work hard. The researchers also suggest that mind wandering can help delay gratification, keep people striving for long-term goals, and keep goals on track. The harm of intentionally wandering is far less than we think, but the benefits are many. As parents, it is necessary to scientifically understand mind wandering and daze, which is conducive to cultivating more creative, happy, healthy and persistent children.
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