Meta-awareness, perceptual decoupling and the wandering mind

  title={Meta-awareness, perceptual decoupling and the wandering mind},
  author={J. Schooler and J. Smallwood and K. Christoff and T. Handy and M. Sayette},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  • J. Schooler, J. Smallwood, +2 authors M. Sayette
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • Mind wandering (i.e. engaging in cognitions unrelated to the current demands of the external environment) reflects the cyclic activity of two core processes: the capacity to disengage attention from perception (known as perceptual decoupling) and the ability to take explicit note of the current contents of consciousness (known as meta-awareness). Research on perceptual decoupling demonstrates that mental events that arise without any external precedent (known as stimulus independent thoughts… CONTINUE READING
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