Mind-Wandering as a Natural Kind: A Family-Resemblances View.

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Journal Article (Review)

As empirical research on mind-wandering accelerates, we draw attention to an emerging trend in how mind-wandering is conceptualized. Previously articulated definitions of mind-wandering differ from each other in important ways, yet they also maintain overlapping characteristics. This conceptual structure suggests that mind-wandering is best considered from a family-resemblances perspective, which entails treating it as a graded, heterogeneous construct and clearly measuring and describing the specific aspect(s) of mind-wandering that researchers are investigating. We believe that adopting this family-resemblances approach will increase conceptual and methodological connections among related phenomena in the mind-wandering family and encourage a more nuanced and precise understanding of the many varieties of mind-wandering.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Seli, P; Kane, MJ; Smallwood, J; Schacter, DL; Maillet, D; Schooler, JW; Smilek, D

Published Date

  • June 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 479 - 490

PubMed ID

  • 29776466

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29776466

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-307X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1364-6613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tics.2018.03.010

Language

  • eng