What Your Brain Is Doing When You Think It’s Doing Nothing

Posted on May 5, 2017

Research has shown that when we are resting, our brains may actually be preparing to be social. Neuroscientists have long known that specific areas of our brain are activated when we are “resting” but have not discovered what are they for. Now, new research has shown that in these moments, our brains are actually preparing to be social.

In the study, the participants performed judgments while looking at pictures. Some of these judgments were social whereas others were not. Since the social aspect of our brains is biologically based, scientists will be able to find out how quickly people would respond to social judgments, based on activity in certain areas of the brain. This area of the brain is in the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex and it allows us to perceive the world socially in terms of others’ feelings, intentions and goals.

With that being said, it is fascinating to know that our brain does not switch the systems off. When we are doing “nothing”, our brains are thinking about other people’s minds.

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