Can I get me out of my head? Exploring strategies for controlling the self-referential aspects of the mind-wandering state during reading.

@article{Sanders2017CanIG,
  title={Can I get me out of my head? Exploring strategies for controlling the self-referential aspects of the mind-wandering state during reading.},
  author={Jet G Sanders and Hao-Ting Wang and Jonathan W. Schooler and Jonathan Smallwood},
  journal={Quarterly journal of experimental psychology},
  year={2017},
  volume={70 6},
  pages={1053-1062}
}
Trying to focus on a piece of text and keep unrelated thoughts at bay can be a surprisingly futile experience. The current study explored the effects of different instructions on participants' capacity to control their mind-wandering and maximize reading comprehension, while reading. Participants were instructed to (a) enhance focus on what was read (external) or (b) enhance meta-awareness of mind-wandering (internal). To understand when these strategies were important, we induced a state of… CONTINUE READING
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