Episode 266: Default Brain Mode

The default brain mode concept comes from one of the most interesting papers I have read recently. It describes how neuroscientists found an area of the brain that turns on when you are in a resting state (the default mode) and turns off during focused activity. Further research has shown that in children with Autism and ADHD that this default mode doesn’t turn on and off correctly. Is it possible that our modern technology has caused our brains to be more distracted (the default mode), with the constant buzzing, beeping and chirping of our phones, telling us to “look at me” because it just received a text, tweet or Facebook post? What mode are you mostly in? Default or focused?

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