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  1. Can the Mind Wander Intentionally?Samuel Murray & Kristina Krasich - 2022 - Mind and Language 37 (3):432-443.
    Mind wandering is typically operationalized as task-unrelated thought. Some argue for the need to distinguish between unintentional and intentional mind wandering, where an agent voluntarily shifts attention from task-related to task-unrelated thoughts. We reveal an inconsistency between the standard, task-unrelated thought definition of mind wandering and the occurrence of intentional mind wandering (together with plausible assumptions about tasks and intentions). This suggests that either the standard definition of mind wandering should be rejected or that intentional mind wandering is an incoherent (...)
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  • Sleep Well, Mind Wander Less: A Systematic Review of the Relationship Between Sleep Outcomes and Spontaneous Cognition.Ana Lucía Cárdenas-Egúsquiza & Dorthe Berntsen - 2022 - Consciousness and Cognition 102:103333.
  • The Scientific Study of Passive Thinking: Methods of Mind Wandering Research.Samuel Murray, Zachary C. Irving & Kristina Krasich - 2022 - In Felipe De Brigard & Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (eds.), Neuroscience and Philosophy. Cambridge: MIT Press. pp. 389-426.
    The science of mind wandering has rapidly expanded over the past 20 years. During this boom, mind wandering researchers have relied on self-report methods, where participants rate whether their minds were wandering. This is not an historical quirk. Rather, we argue that self-report is indispensable for researchers who study passive phenomena like mind wandering. We consider purportedly “objective” methods that measure mind wandering with eye tracking and machine learning. These measures are validated in terms of how well they predict self-reports, (...)
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  • Mind-Wandering as a Natural Kind: A Family Resemblances View.Paul Seli, Michael J. Kane, Jonathan Smallwood, Daniel L. Schacter, David Maillet, Jonathan W. Schooler & Daniel Smilek - 2018 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 22 (6):479-490.
  • Intentional Mind-Wandering as Intentional Omission: The Surrealist Method.Santiago Arango-Muñoz & Juan Pablo Bermúdez - forthcoming - Synthese 199 (3-4):7727-7748.
    Mind-wandering seems to be paradigmatically unintentional. However, experimental findings have yielded the paradoxical result that mind-wandering can also be intentional. In this paper, we first present the paradox of intentional mind-wandering and then explain intentional mind-wandering as the intentional omission to control one’s own thoughts. Finally, we present the surrealist method for artistic production to illustrate how intentional omission of control over thoughts can be deployed towards creative endeavors.
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  • Mind-Wandering and Task Stimuli: Stimulus-Dependent Thoughts Influence Performance on Memory Tasks and Are More Often Past- Versus Future-Oriented.David Maillet, Paul Seli & Daniel L. Schacter - 2017 - Consciousness and Cognition 52:55-67.
  • Spontaneous Mind-Wandering Tendencies Linked to Cognitive Flexibility in Young Adults.Yi-Sheng Wong, Adrian R. Willoughby & Liana Machado - 2022 - Consciousness and Cognition 102:103335.
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  • Mind-Wandering: Mechanistic Insights From Lesion, tDCS, and iEEG.Julia W. Y. Kam, Matthias Mittner & Robert T. Knight - 2022 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 26 (3):268-282.
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  • The Self and its Internal Thought: In Search for a Psychological Baseline.Andrea Scalabrini, Adriano Schimmenti, Michelangelo De Amicis, Piero Porcelli, Francesco Benedetti, Clara Mucci & Georg Northoff - 2022 - Consciousness and Cognition 97:103244.
  • On the Relation Between Mind Wandering, PTSD Symptomology, and Self-Control.Nicholaus P. Brosowsky, Alyssa C. Smith, Dan Smilek & Paul Seli - 2022 - Consciousness and Cognition 99:103288.
  • How Does Rumination Impact Cognition? A First Mechanistic Model.Marieke K. Van Vugt & Maarten van der Velde - 2018 - Topics in Cognitive Science 10 (1):175-191.
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  • What Does “Mind‐Wandering” Mean to the Folk? An Empirical Investigation.Zachary C. Irving, Aaron Glasser, Alison Gopnik, Verity Pinter & Chandra Sripada - 2020 - Cognitive Science 44 (10).
    Although mind‐wandering research is rapidly progressing, stark disagreements are emerging about what the term “mind‐wandering” means. Four prominent views define mind‐wandering as task‐unrelated thought, stimulus‐independent thought, unintentional thought, or dynamically unguided thought. Although theorists claim to capture the ordinary understanding of mind‐wandering, no systematic studies have assessed these claims. Two large factorial studies present participants with vignettes that describe someone’s thoughts and ask whether her mind was wandering, while systematically manipulating features relevant to the four major accounts of mind‐wandering. Dynamics (...)
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  • The Problem of Mental Action.Thomas Metzinger - 2017 - Philosophy and Predicitive Processing.
    In mental action there is no motor output to be controlled and no sensory input vector that could be manipulated by bodily movement. It is therefore unclear whether this specific target phenomenon can be accommodated under the predictive processing framework at all, or if the concept of “active inference” can be adapted to this highly relevant explanatory domain. This contribution puts the phenomenon of mental action into explicit focus by introducing a set of novel conceptual instruments and developing a first (...)
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  • The Inter-Regional Connectivity Within the Default Mode Network During the Attentional Processes of Internal Focus and External Focus: An fMRI Study of Continuous Finger Force Feedback.Zhi-Wei Zhou, Xia-Qing Lan, Yan-Tong Fang, Yun Gong, Yu-Feng Zang, Hong Luo & Hang Zhang - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
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  • Attention Need Not Always Apply: Mind Wandering Impedes Explicit but Not Implicit Sequence Learning.Samuel Murray, Nicholaus Brosowsky, Jonathan Schooler & Paul Seli - 2021 - Cognition 209:104530.
    According to the attentional resources account, mind wandering (or “task-unrelated thought”) is thought to compete with a focal task for attentional resources. Here, we tested two key predictions of this account: First, that mind wandering should not interfere with performance on a task that does not require attentional resources; second, that as task requirements become automatized, performance should improve and depth of mind wandering should increase. Here, we used a serial reaction time task with implicit- and explicit-learning groups to test (...)
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  • Immaterial Engagement: Human Agency and the Cognitive Ecology of the Internet.Robert Clowes - 2019 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 18 (1):259-279.
    While 4E cognitive science is fundamentally committed to recognising the importance of the environment in making sense of cognition, its interest in the role of artefacts seems to be one of its least developed dimensions. Yet the role of artefacts in human cognition and agency is central to the sorts of beings we are. Internet technology is influencing and being incorporated into a wide variety of our cognitive processes. Yet the dominant way of viewing these changes sees technology as an (...)
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  • The Influence of Mood on the Effort in Trying to Shift One’s Attention From a Mind Wandering Phase to Focusing on Ongoing Activities in a Laboratory and in Daily Life.Hong He, Luming Hu, Hui Li, Yuqing Cao & Xuemin Zhang - forthcoming - Cognition and Emotion:1-14.
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  • Evidence for a Single Mechanism Gating Perceptual and Long-Term Memory Information Into Working Memory.Sam Verschooren, Yoav Kessler & Tobias Egner - 2021 - Cognition 212:104668.
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  • A Multi-Faceted Approach to Understanding Individual Differences in Mind-Wandering.Matthew K. Robison, Ashley L. Miller & Nash Unsworth - 2020 - Cognition 198:104078.
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  • The Impact of State and Dispositional Mindfulness on Prospective Memory: A Virtual Reality Study.Jean-Charles Girardeau, Philippe Blondé, Dominique Makowski, Maria Abram, Pascale Piolino & Marco Sperduti - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 81:102920.
  • Is an Off-Task Mind a Freely-Moving Mind? Examining the Relationship Between Different Dimensions of Thought.Caitlin Mills, Quentin Raffaelli, Zachary C. Irving, Dylan Stan & Kalina Christoff - 2018 - Consciousness and Cognition 58:20-33.
  • Task Manipulation Effects on the Relationship Between Working Memory and Go/No-Go Task Performance.Elizabeth A. Wiemers & Thomas S. Redick - 2019 - Consciousness and Cognition 71:39-58.
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  • Beta Oscillations Distinguish Between Two Forms of Mental Imagery While Gamma and Theta Activity Reflects Auditory Attention.Mario Villena-González, Ismael Palacios-García, Eugenio Rodríguez & Vladimir López - 2018 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 12.
  • Neuronal Symphonies: Musical Improvisation and the Centrencephalic Space of Functional Integration.Mauro Maldonato, Alberto Oliverio & Anna Esposito - 2017 - World Futures 73 (8):491-510.
    Musical improvisation is a sophisticated activity in which a performer realizes, real-time, melodic, and rhythmic sequences in harmony with those from other musicians. The study of musical improvisation helps one to understand not only the cognition of creativity, but also the complex neuronal basis of executive functions, the relation between conscious and unconscious action, and even more. So far, the prevailing models, founded on the brain imaging method, have focused on the connection between the cortical areas and their cognitive processes. (...)
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