The “Incubation Period” Mechanisms

  • Eliciting new knowledge: when you stop problem-solving, your brain keeps working on it in the background and may come across memories you may have ignored when you were actively trying to think about the problem.
  • Selective forgetting: an incubation period weakens the unhelpful solutions that are distracting you. 
  • Problem restructuring: stepping away from the problem lets your brain reorganize the problem.

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The Surprising Secret to Breaking Through a Mental Block, According to Science

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