Self-reflection and the temporal focus of the wandering mind

@article{Smallwood2011SelfreflectionAT,
  title={Self-reflection and the temporal focus of the wandering mind},
  author={Jonathan Smallwood and Jonathan W. Schooler and David J. Turk and Sheila J. Cunningham and C. Neil Macrae},
  journal={Consciousness and Cognition},
  year={2011},
  volume={20},
  pages={1120-1126}
}
Current accounts suggest that self-referential thought serves a pivotal function in the human ability to simulate the future during mind-wandering. Using experience sampling, this hypothesis was tested in two studies that explored the extent to which self-reflection impacts both retrospection and prospection during mind-wandering. Study 1 demonstrated that a brief period of self-reflection yielded a prospective bias during mind-wandering such that participants' engaged more frequently in… CONTINUE READING

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