I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

Chapter 5 describes how focused and diffuse thinking alternate and new neural connections are formed in our brain. Take a look:

Your brain is in the Diffuse Mode when you are RELAXING. You might be sleeping, napping, daydreaming, playing, walking, chatting.

Why is it important?

This is the mode in which your unconscious mind is working on concepts without you knowing it. Your brain cells (neurons) are making and strengthening connections between information.