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Intentionality and meta-awareness of mind wandering: Are they one and the same, or distinct dimensions?

Intentionality and meta-awareness of mind wandering: Are they one and the same, or distinct dimensions?

Published in: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Volume 24, Issue 6, December 2017, 1808-1818

Abstract
“Researchers have recently demonstrated that mind-wandering episodes can vary on numerous dimensions, and it has been suggested that assessing these dimensions will play an important role in our understanding of mind wandering. One dimension that has received considerable attention in recent work is the intentionality of mind wandering. Although it has been claimed that indexing the intentionality of mind wandering will be necessary if researchers are to obtain a coherent understanding of the wandering mind, one concern is that this dimension might be redundant with another, longstanding, dimension: namely, meta-awareness. Thus, the utility of the argument for assessing intentionality rests upon a demonstration that this dimension is distinct from the meta-awareness dimension. To shed light on this issue, across two studies we compared and contrasted these dimensions to determine whether they are redundant or distinct. In both studies, we found support for the view that these dimensions are distinct.”

Written by: Paul Seli, Brandon C.W. Ralph, Evan F. Risko, Jonathan W. Schooler, Daniel L. Schacter, Daniel Smilek
For full text: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-017-1249-0

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