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Are Daydreamers Really More Intelligent?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:45 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Recent headlines have suggested that daydreaming is a sign of brilliance. True, as a young man, Einstein was accused of daydreaming, and according to a recent study published in Neuropsychologia, "mind wandering positively correlated with fluid intelligence and creativity."

But really, how many daydreamers are Einsteins, Mozarts or even one of The Monkees? So let's back up a few steps and figure out "Oh, what can it mean?"

The study points out that if your child can't seem to keep his or her mind on something for an extended period of time, it may not stem from an attention deficit problem and in "certain instances ... mind wandering may not be inherently harmful."

That's why it's important to have a trained professional make an evaluation.

-It's possible that daydreaming is a sign your child isn't getting the stimulation he or she needs to stay involved in learning. Discovering what level of instruction in school will engage a child can transform his or her future. The National Association for Gifted Children can guide you toward testing at www.nagc.org.

-Evaluation may reveal that your child has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and that's also info you want. Left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD can cause intellectual, social and emotional problems that persist for a lifetime. Find an evaluation professional through Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at www.chadd.org.

So stop monkeying around and discover if your daydreamer is the next Einstein, just bored or has ADHD. Finding out and treating the situation appropriately will make you say "I'm a Believer."

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Daydreaming could be a sign of intelligence, a new study suggests. But it could also be an indication of something else.
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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:45 AM
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