What is it about?

This study investigated the changes in frequency of intentional and unintentional mind wandering (or task-unrelated thought, TUT) during different types of tasks (i.e., attention and working memory tasks). It also aimed to map the task-dependent cognitive and motivational associations of these thoughts, to demonstrate that the associations and frequencies of these thoughts are best understood in relation to the contexts in which they occur.

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Why is it important?

We found evidence that intentional and unintentional mind wandering have different frequencies and cognitive and motivational associations in different task contexts. Therefore, mind wandering should be understood as a complex and heterogenous phenomenon that is linked to the context in which it occurs.

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This page is a summary of: Mind wandering and task difficulty: The determinants of working memory, intentionality, motivation, and subjective difficulty., Psychology of Consciousness Theory Research and Practice, May 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cns0000356.
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