Doing simple tasks that allow us to daydream is key to solving trickier questions playing on our minds, scientists find.
Daydreaming really is the key to solving complex problems, a new study has found.
Some of the most important scientific breakthroughs ever made – by everyone from Einstein to Newton – came about as the geniuses behind them allowed their minds to wander.
Now research by modern day scientists has shown that mere mortals can also improve their problem-solving ability in the same way.
The study showed that people who returned to a difficult task after taking a break and doing an easy task boosted their performance by around 40 per cent.
But there was little or no improvement for people who did another demanding task during the break, used it to rest or did not have a break at all.