Supporting Online Material for A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind

  title={Supporting Online Material for A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind},
  author={Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert},
Unlike other animals, human beings spend a lot of time thinking about what is not going on around them, contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or will never happen at all. Indeed, “stimulus-independent thought” or “mind wandering” appears to be the brain’s default mode of operation (1–3). Although this ability is a remarkable evolutionary achievement that allows people to learn, reason, and plan, it may have an emotional cost. Many philosophical and… CONTINUE READING


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