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The restless mind.
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Evidence suggests that mind wandering shares many similarities with traditional notions of executive control, and can be seen as a goal-driven process, albeit one that is not directed toward the primary task.
Experience sampling during fMRI reveals default network and executive system contributions to mind wandering
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An fMRI study that used experience sampling to provide an online measure of mind wandering during a concurrent task revealed a number of crucial aspects of the neural recruitment associated with mind wandering, highlighting the value of combining subjective self-reports with online measures of brain function for advancing the understanding of the neurophenomenology of subjective experience.
The science of mind wandering: empirically navigating the stream of consciousness.
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Examination of the information-processing demands of the mind-wandering state suggests that it involves perceptual decoupling to escape the constraints of the moment, its content arises from episodic and affective processes, and its regulation relies on executive control.
Thoughts beyond words : When language overshadows insight
Four experiments examined whether verbalization can interfere with insight problem solving. In Experiment 1, Ss were interrupted during problem solving and asked either to verbalize their strategies
The Value of Believing in Free Will
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The study of whether inducing participants to believe that human behavior is predetermined would encourage cheating suggests that the debate over free will has societal, as well as scientific and theoretical, implications.
Inspired by Distraction
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Assessing whether performance on validated creativity problems can be facilitated by engaging in either a demanding task or an undemanding task that maximizes mind wandering suggested that engaging in simple external tasks that allow the mind to wander may facilitate creative problem solving.
Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering
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Cultivating mindfulness is an effective and efficient technique for improving cognitive function, with wide-reaching consequences, and improves both GRE reading-comprehension scores and working memory capacity.
Thinking too much: introspection can reduce the quality of preferences and decisions.
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College students who analyzed why they felt the way they did agreed less with the experts than students who did not, which caused people to make choices that corresponded less with expert opinion.
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