Why the Global Availability of Mind Wandering Necessitates Resource Competition : Reply to McVay and Kane ( 2010 )

@inproceedings{Smallwood2010WhyTG,
  title={Why the Global Availability of Mind Wandering Necessitates Resource Competition : Reply to McVay and Kane ( 2010 )},
  author={Jonathan Smallwood},
  year={2010}
}
When the mind wanders, conscious thoughts come to mind that are only loosely related to the task being performed. This phenomenon produces tension within the cognitive sciences because the interfering nature of these thoughts is at odds with the assumption that such processes are functional in daily life. In their comment, McVay and Kane (2010) suggested that failures in executive control can create the conditions that favor mind wandering—a control-failure hypothesis that questions whether… CONTINUE READING

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