Dr. Peter Delaney, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, was interviewed by National Geographic regarding daydreaming.

The article paraphrased Delaney, who talked about how daydreaming is often about anticipating the future, especially in a fantasy context. This is explained in tandem with the idea that young men often have “power fantasies,” for example, of what it would be like to be a superhero. However, as people get older, the future shrinks and they typically spend less time daydreaming.

As well, according to Delaney and his colleagues’ research, the type of daydream also affects how much you forget. For example, if you daydream about being out of the country, being abroad is so completely out of context with one’s current situation that it’s like “mentally transporting yourself back there,” he said.

Delaney also gave advice to those who rely on memory in their profession such as doctors, which was paraphrased in the article. For example, if a doctor is reminded of their vacation out of the country while in the process of memorizing a drug dosage, they may forget the drug information altogether, he explained.