The American Scholar cites Immordino-Yang’s work in article about daydreaming

October 30, 2013
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

The American Scholar cited the work of Mary Helen Immordino-Yang in an article titled, “Ode to Jerome Singer.” Singer, a psychologist who is an expert on daydreaming, has focused much of his work on the positive aspects of daydreaming such as its ability to enhance social  skills and to enable us to plan for the future.

The article says that Immordino-Yang’s research builds on Singer’s by providing more reasons why daydreaming can be fruitful:

One good example is research by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has found that “constructive internal reflection,” as demonstrated by activity in the brain’s “default mode network”—which becomes active when our minds wander—is critical for children’s emotional learning: their ability to feel compassion and empathy. The constant distraction of social media and texting, she suggests, may undermine the development of these skills.