Absorbed in Thought

  title={Absorbed in Thought},
  author={Evelyn Barron and Leigh M. Riby and Joanna M. H. Greer and Jonathan Smallwood},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={596 - 601}
This study used event-related potentials to explore whether mind wandering (task-unrelated thought, or TUT) emerges through general problems in distraction, deficits of task-relevant processing (the executive-function view), or a general reduction in attention to external events regardless of their relevance (the decoupling hypothesis). Twenty-five participants performed a visual oddball task, in which they were required to differentiate between a rare target stimulus (to measure task-relevant… 

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