Shifting moods, wandering minds: negative moods lead the mind to wander.

@article{Smallwood2009ShiftingMW,
  title={Shifting moods, wandering minds: negative moods lead the mind to wander.},
  author={Jonathan Smallwood and Annamay Fitzgerald and Lynden K. Miles and Louise H. Phillips},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2009},
  volume={9 2},
  pages={
          271-276
        }
}
This study examined the effect of mood states on mind wandering. Positive, neutral, and negative moods were induced in participants prior to them completing a sustained attention task. Mind wandering was measured by using the frequencies of both behavioral lapses and retrospective indices of subjective experience. Relative to a positive mood, induction of a negative mood led participants to make more lapses, report a greater frequency of task irrelevant thoughts, and become less inclined to… Expand

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