Focused thinking and diffused thinking

Focused mode is used to concentrate on something that’s already tightly connected in your mind because you are familiar and comfortable with the underlying concepts.

The diffuse approach involves a big-picture perspective. useful when you are learning and understanding something new. As long as we are consciously focusing on a problem, we are blocking the diffuse mode. Do something else until your brain is consciously free of any thought of the problem.

You need to use both big-picture, or focused mode, and detail-oriented, or diffuse mode, to get good at math and science.

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