On the Clock: Evidence for the Rapid and Strategic Modulation of Mind Wandering

@article{Seli2018OnTC,
  title={On the Clock: Evidence for the Rapid and Strategic Modulation of Mind Wandering},
  author={Paul Seli and Jonathan S. A. Carriere and Jeffrey D. Wammes and Evan F. Risko and Daniel L. Schacter and Daniel Smilek},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={29},
  pages={1247 - 1256}
}
We examined the hypothesis that people can modulate their mind wandering on the basis of their expectations of upcoming challenges in a task. To this end, we developed a novel paradigm in which participants were presented with an analog clock, via a computer monitor, and asked to push a button every time the clock’s hand was pointed at 12:00. Importantly, the time at which the clock’s hand was pointed at 12:00 was completely predictable and occurred at 20-s intervals. During some of the 20-s… Expand

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