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The wandering self: Tracking distracting self-generated thought in a cognitively demanding context

Huijser, S., van Vugt, M. K. & Taatgen, N. A., Feb-2018, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 58, p. 170-185

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Huijser, S., van Vugt, M. K., & Taatgen, N. A. (2018). The wandering self: Tracking distracting self-generated thought in a cognitively demanding context. Consciousness and Cognition, 58, 170-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2017.12.004

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Huijser, Stefan ; van Vugt, Marieke K ; Taatgen, Niels A. / The wandering self : Tracking distracting self-generated thought in a cognitively demanding context. In: Consciousness and Cognition. 2018 ; Vol. 58. pp. 170-185.

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Huijser, S, van Vugt, MK & Taatgen, NA 2018, 'The wandering self: Tracking distracting self-generated thought in a cognitively demanding context' Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 58, pp. 170-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2017.12.004

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The wandering self : Tracking distracting self-generated thought in a cognitively demanding context. / Huijser, Stefan; van Vugt, Marieke K; Taatgen, Niels A.

In: Consciousness and Cognition, Vol. 58, 02.2018, p. 170-185.

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Huijser S, van Vugt MK, Taatgen NA. The wandering self: Tracking distracting self-generated thought in a cognitively demanding context. Consciousness and Cognition. 2018 Feb;58:170-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2017.12.004


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abstract = "We investigated how self-referential processing (SRP) affected self-generated thought in a complex working memory task (CWM) to test the predictions of a computational cognitive model. This model described self-generated thought as resulting from competition between task- and distracting processes, and predicted that self-generated thought interferes with rehearsal, reducing memory performance. SRP was hypothesized to influence this goal competition process by encouraging distracting self-generated thinking. We used a spatial CWM task to examine if SRP instigated such thoughts, and employed eye-tracking to examine rehearsal interference in eye-movement and self-generated thinking in pupil size. The results showed that SRP was associated with lower performance and higher rates of self-generated thought. Self-generated thought was associated with less rehearsal and we observed a smaller pupil size for mind wandering. We conclude that SRP can instigate self-generated thought and that goal competition provides a likely explanation for how self-generated thoughts arises in a demanding task.",
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