Publications [#335715] of Paul Seli

Journal Articles

  1. Seli, P; Kane, MJ; Smallwood, J; Schacter, DL; Maillet, D; Schooler, JW; Smilek, D (2018). Mind-Wandering as a Natural Kind: A Family-Resemblances View.. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22(6), 479-490.
    (last updated on 2019/11/20)

    Abstract:
    As empirical research on mind-wandering accelerates, we draw attention to an emerging trend in how mind-wandering is conceptualized. Previously articulated definitions of mind-wandering differ from each other in important ways, yet they also maintain overlapping characteristics. This conceptual structure suggests that mind-wandering is best considered from a family-resemblances perspective, which entails treating it as a graded, heterogeneous construct and clearly measuring and describing the specific aspect(s) of mind-wandering that researchers are investigating. We believe that adopting this family-resemblances approach will increase conceptual and methodological connections among related phenomena in the mind-wandering family and encourage a more nuanced and precise understanding of the many varieties of mind-wandering.