Jonah Lehrer Joins the New Yorker as Staff Writer
Lehrer, who has a degree in neuroscience from Columbia University, will also move his acclaimed blog, Frontal Cortex, to the New Yorker’s website, alongside contributors such as Sasha Frere-Jones and Susan Orlean. In his first post, “The Virtues of Daydreaming,” Lehrer discusses the importance of letting the mind wander:
Here's Jonah Lehrer:
In recent years, however, psychologists and neuroscientists have redeemed this mental state, revealing the ways in which mind-wandering is an essential cognitive tool. It turns out that whenever we are slightly bored—when reality isn’t quite enough for us—we begin exploring our own associations, contemplating counterfactuals and fictive scenarios that only exist within the head. In fact, the only activity during which we report that our minds are not constantly wandering is “love making.” We’re able to focus for that.