The awakening of the attention: Evidence for a link between the monitoring of mind wandering and prospective goals.
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Across 2 independent samples, we examined the relation between individual differences in rates of self-caught mind wandering and individual differences in temporal monitoring of an unrelated response goal. Rates of self-caught mind wandering were assessed during a commonly used sustained-attention task, and temporal goal monitoring was indexed during a well-established prospective-memory task. The results from both samples showed a positive relation between rates of self-caught mind wandering during the sustained-attention task and rates of checking a clock to monitor the amount of time remaining before a response was required in the prospective-memory task. This relation held even when controlling for overall propensity to mind-wander (indexed by intermittent thought probes) and levels of motivation (indexed by subjective reports). These results suggest the possibility that there is a common monitoring system that monitors the contents of consciousness and the progress of ongoing goals and tasks. (PsycINFO Database Record
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1037/xge0000385
Publication InfoSeli, Paul; Smilek, Daniel; Ralph, Brandon CW; & Schacter, Daniel L (2018). The awakening of the attention: Evidence for a link between the monitoring of mind wandering and prospective goals. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 147(3). pp. 431-443. 10.1037/xge0000385. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/17291.
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Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
My research is rooted in the exploration and understanding of the intricate tapestry of human consciousness. I am particularly fascinated by its myriad manifestations and the potential for our various conscious states to be harnessed as tools for individual and collective development. My investigations are organized around four main pillars: creativity, mind wandering, dreaming, and the use of psychedelics. Each of these areas offers a unique lens through which to examine the depth an
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