Is an off-task mind a freely-moving mind? Examining the relationship between different dimensions of thought.

@article{Mills2018IsAO,
  title={Is an off-task mind a freely-moving mind? Examining the relationship between different dimensions of thought.},
  author={Caitlin Mills and Quentin Raffaelli and Zachary C. Irving and Dylan Stan and Kalina Christoff},
  journal={Consciousness and cognition},
  year={2018},
  volume={58},
  pages={20-33}
}
Mind wandering is frequently defined as task-unrelated or perceptually decoupled thought. However, these definitions may not capture the dynamic features of a wandering mind, such as its tendency to 'move freely'. Here we test the relationship between three theoretically dissociable dimensions of thought: freedom of movement in thought, task-relatedness, and perceptual decoupling (i.e., lack of awareness of surroundings). Using everyday life experience sampling, thought probes were randomly… CONTINUE READING