So, when Carlsen decides to go for a stroll in the middle of a chess game — diverting his attention away from the game and switching on his diffuse mode of thinking — he is effectively enlisting the help of his subconscious to beat his opponent.
Learning from a Prodigy
Manoel Cortes Mendez

I wonder if Carlsen was fully aware of this from a young age, or it just felt right to him. Does anyone know if he was completely aware of the affects of what he was doing?