Back to Publications


Daydreaming, Thought Blocking and Strudels in the Taskless, Resting Human Brain’s Magnetic Fields

AIP Conference Proceedings
Mandell, A.J.Selz, K.A.Aven, J.Holroyd, T.Coppola, R. NIMH Core (MEG) Facility,
Bethesda, MD, USA

Cielo Institute,
Asheville, NC, USA

Fetzer‐Franklin Fellow in Consciousness Studies at NIMH
2011 Physics

The incidence, i(S), and duration, l(S), of transient, intermittent, hierarchical vorticities,strudels, S, in magnetic flux fluctuations, were computed from MEG records. from 91 task‐free resting subjects. The MEG’s i(S) and l(S) manifested characteristic times and entropic sensitivity resembling those reported in psychological studies of daydreaming and task‐unrelated thoughts, TUTs.

Transient reduction or absences of strudels can be found in patients with syndromes characterized by thought blocking. Positive ergodic single orbit measures of expansiveness and mixing predict i(S) and l(S). An analogy with the relationship between intermittent pontinegeniculateoccipital waves and dreaming is made to strudelswith daydreaming. Both can be interpreted as neurophysiological correlates of the spontaneous intrusions into consciousness of the never idle unconscious mind.

The article was published at: AIP Conference Proceedings 1339 (International Conference on Applications in Nonlinear Dynamics (ICAND 2010))(1): 7-22.

Full article

This work was supported (in part) by the Fetzer Franklin Fund of the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust