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Manipulating the temporal locus and content of mind-wandering

Liefgreen, A; Dalton, MA; Maguire, EA; (2020) Manipulating the temporal locus and content of mind-wandering. Consciousness and Cognition , 79 , Article 102885. 10.1016/j.concog.2020.102885. Green open access

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Abstract

The human brain has a tendency to drift into the realm of internally-generated thoughts that are unbound by space and time. The term mind-wandering (MW) is often used describe such thoughts when they are perceptually decoupled. Evidence suggests that exposure to forward and backward illusory motion skews the temporal orientation of MW thoughts to either the future or past respectively. However, little is known about the impact of this manipulation on other features of MW. Here, using a novel experimental paradigm, we first confirmed that our illusory motion method facilitated the generation of MW thoughts congruent with the direction of motion. We then conducted content analyses which revealed that goal orientation and temporal distance were also significantly affected by the direction of illusory motion. We conclude that illusory motion may be an effective means of assaying MW and could help to elucidate this ubiquitous, and likely critical, component of cognition.

Type: Article
Title: Manipulating the temporal locus and content of mind-wandering
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2020.102885
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2020.102885
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).
Keywords: Daydreaming, Episodic memory, Experience sampling, Future-thinking, Hippocampus, Illusory motion, Mental time travel, Scenes, Thought sampling, Vection
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092201
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