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Publications [#335717] of Paul J Seli

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  1. Seli, P; Smilek, D; Ralph, BCW; Schacter, DL (2018). The awakening of the attention: Evidence for a link between the monitoring of mind wandering and prospective goals.. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 147(3), 431-443. [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/04/23)

    Abstract:
    Across 2 independent samples, we examined the relation between individual differences in rates of self-caught mind wandering and individual differences in temporal monitoring of an unrelated response goal. Rates of self-caught mind wandering were assessed during a commonly used sustained-attention task, and temporal goal monitoring was indexed during a well-established prospective-memory task. The results from both samples showed a positive relation between rates of self-caught mind wandering during the sustained-attention task and rates of checking a clock to monitor the amount of time remaining before a response was required in the prospective-memory task. This relation held even when controlling for overall propensity to mind-wander (indexed by intermittent thought probes) and levels of motivation (indexed by subjective reports). These results suggest the possibility that there is a common monitoring system that monitors the contents of consciousness and the progress of ongoing goals and tasks. (PsycINFO Database Record


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