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MIND-WANDERING – A Human Condition
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Mind-wandering was until recently not a mainstream topic of research. The aim of this literature review is to present current views on the definition of mind-wandering and how the phenomenon is experienced. Furthermore, it gives an account of the implications of mind-wandering on cognitive performance, as well as its neurological correlates. In addition, the methods used to study mind-wandering are reviewed.The study of mind-wandering reveals a highly frequent phenomenon with practical consequences on a broad scale, both disruptive and supportive to goal-related behaviour and wellbeing in general. Originating from the default network, and its regions related to representations of self, memory, Theory of Mind, empathy and creativity, mind-wandering is hypothesized to be a function for planning one’s future life. Suggested further research concerns how mind-wandering can be countered, detected from the outside and whether it alters the physical feature of the brain.

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2014. , 73 p.
Keyword [en]
mind-wandering, task-unrelated-thoughts, stimuli-independent-thoughts, self-generated thought, train of thought, the default mode network.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10388OAI: diva2:771600
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Cognitive Neuroscience
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2014-12-16Bibliographically approved

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