Mind-Wandering With and Without Intention.

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Journal Article (Review)

The past decade has seen a surge of research examining mind-wandering, but most of this research has not considered the potential importance of distinguishing between intentional and unintentional mind-wandering. However, a recent series of papers have demonstrated that mind-wandering reported in empirical investigations frequently occurs with and without intention, and, more crucially, that intentional and unintentional mind-wandering are dissociable. This emerging literature suggests that, to increase clarity in the literature, there is a need to reconsider the bulk of the mind-wandering literature with an eye toward deconvolving these two different cognitive experiences. In this review we highlight recent trends in investigations of the intentionality of mind-wandering, and we outline a novel theoretical framework regarding the mechanisms underlying intentional and unintentional mind-wandering.

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Cited Authors

  • Seli, P; Risko, EF; Smilek, D; Schacter, DL

Published Date

  • August 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 605 - 617

PubMed ID

  • 27318437

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27318437

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-307X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1364-6613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tics.2016.05.010

Language

  • eng