The awakening of the attention: Evidence for a link between the monitoring of mind wandering and prospective goals.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Seli, P; Smilek, D; Ralph, BCW; Schacter, DL

Published Date

  • March 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 147 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 431 - 443

PubMed ID

  • 29355371

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5823741

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-2222

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0096-3445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/xge0000385


  • eng