When mastering a subject, our brain has two general modes of thinking: focused and diffuse, both important in the learning process.
The focused mode is what we traditionally associate with learning. But we need time to process what we pick up, to get this new information integrated into our existing knowledge. We need time to make new connections. This is where the diffuse mode comes in.
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Focused and diffuse modes provide two models for how we develop, elaborate, deepen and broaden connections. Both methods are important.
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