“Let the Soul Dangle”: How Mind-Wandering Spurs Creativity

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From Aeon: An emerging field of neuroscience has begun to reveal how contemplating art can lead to positive mind-wandering, psycho-biological self-regulation, and creativity.

“Can art itself be a useful catalyst for nudging us towards more helpful emotions and mental states? Whether in the form of literature, rap or abstract oil painting, many of us know we can improve the tenor of our thoughts by contemplating art. The Germans have a lovely saying for the benefits of keeping an idle (or idling) mind: ‘die Seele baumeln lassen’, meaning ‘let the soul dangle.’ Now, the emerging science of neuroaesthetics is beginning to reveal the biological processes that sit behind such ‘dangling.’”

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