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Title: Mind wandering: Tracking perceptual decoupling, mental improvisation, and mental navigation
Authors: Gonçalves, Óscar F.
Silva, Mariana Rachel Dias da
Carvalho, Sandra
Coelho, Patrícia
Lema, Alberto
Mendes, Augusto J.
Branco, Diogo
Collus, Jorge
Boggio, Paulo S.
Leite, Jorge
Keywords: Mind wandering
Perceptual decoupling
Mental improvisation
Mental navigation
Issue Date: 15-Oct-2020
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Citation: Gonçalves, Ó. F., Silva, M. R. D., Carvalho, S., Coelho, P., Lema, A., Mendes, A. J., Branco, D., Collus, J., Boggio, P. S., & Leite, J. (2020, October 15). Mind wandering: Tracking perceptual decoupling, mental improvisation, and mental navigation. Psychology & Neuroscience, 1-10. Advance online publication. Disponível no Repositório UPT,
Abstract: Background: Mind wandering is a prevalent phenomenon. However, the concept of mind wandering is associated with distinct and often orthogonal concepts, and research- ers are still debating the best strategies to gain access to mind-wandering processes. Nonetheless, there is a progressive acknowledgment that mind wandering is a multi- dimensional and heterogeneous construct. We argue that to fully understand mind wandering, we need to look at dimensions assessing the process (i.e., perceptual decoupling), dynamics (i.e., mental improvisation), and content (i.e., mental naviga- tion). Objective: The objective of this study was to develop a self-report measure of mind wandering—the Mind Wandering Inventory (MWI)—to capture the heterogene- ity of mind wandering in terms of process, dynamic, and content components. Method: Five language versions of the MWI were administered to an international sample of 1,162 individuals. Results: Results showed that the MWI had good levels of internal consistency. In terms of internal structure, we found a first factor to index perceptual decoupling, a second to index mental improvisation, and a third to index mental navigation. Additionally, a study of concurrent validity with Spontaneous and Delib- erate Mind Wandering scales suggested that MWI has significant correlations with previous mind-wandering scales and that factors 1 (perceptual decoupling) and 2 (mental improvisation) seemed to be more closely associated with spontaneous than deliberate mind wandering. Finally, individuals coming from sciences major back- ground reported increased levels of mind wandering when compared with participants from both health, social and human sciences background.
ISSN: 1983-3288
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