The Nuance

Why Your Brain Needs Idle Time

Some vital brain functions demand downtime

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“We know the brain can get into its downtime state very quickly, and the education research suggests just a few minutes — five to 15 — are enough to aid learning.”

“I think we need to recognize that the brain’s internal train of thought can be of value in itself.”

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. These days I live in Germany.