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November 24 2012

Don't knock daydreamers, they could be onto something: Great ideas come after some 'time out'

From Einstein to Newton, some of the best ideas and most important scientific breakthroughs have been dreamt up during a little 'down time'.

And in news that will cheer bored office workers and pupils, it is not only the geniuses among us who find inspiration in imagination - scientists have found we could all benefit from a spot of daydreaming.

A study from the University of California, Santa Barbara, showed that people who returned to a difficult task after taking a break and doing an easy task boosted their performance by around 40 per cent.

But there was little or no improvement for people who did another demanding task during the break, used it to rest or did not have a break at all.

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