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Mind-wandering in everyday event comprehension: Memory, attention, and the brain

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Organization address
address: PLACE DU 20 AOUT 7
city: LIEGE
postcode: 4000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙465 €
 EC max contribution 160˙465 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE BE (LIEGE) coordinator 160˙465.00


 Project objective

Mind-wandering (MW) is the occurrence of thoughts that are decoupled from immediate perceptual inputs and unrelated to the activity at hand. MW represents a substantial part of our daily thinking time and it has substantial negative effects on reading, memory, and the ability to focus attention. At the same time, MW can enhance creativity and afford opportunities to plan for the future. However, most of what we currently know about MW comes from laboratory studies where the tasks from which the mind wanders are simple, boring, repetitive, and do not reflect the richness of daily life events. A limited body of research using experience sampling gives a coarse-grained characterization of MW in real-life situations, but this approach cannot measure the detailed behavioral structure of MW, or its neural correlates, to reveal underlying mechanisms. To overcome this barrier, we will leverage new advances in methods to study naturalistic event comprehension in the laboratory. We will adopt a multi-method approach that will combine (i) validated event cognition tasks that involve the viewing of movies of naturalistic everyday activities with (ii) state-of-the-art techniques to measure the behavioral, physiological, and neural correlates of MW. Study 1 will use eye-tracking to determine whether and how the event structure of naturalistic activities affects the perceptual decoupling component of MW. Study 2 will examine how the structure of everyday activities can modulate the content of MW episodes. Finally, Study 3 will use functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how the neural correlates of MW are modulated by the event structure of everyday activities. Together, these studies will provide the foundations for a detailed account of MW in naturalistic settings, laying the basis for future interventions aimed at helping individuals to capitalize on the benefits of MW in their daily life while minimizing the associated costs.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 David Stawarczyk, Matthew A. Bezdek, Jeffrey M. Zacks
Event Representations and Predictive Processing: The Role of the Midline Default Network Core
published pages: , ISSN: 1756-8757, DOI: 10.1111/tops.12450
Topics in Cognitive Science 2019-10-28
2019 David Stawarczyk, Arnaud D’Argembeau
The dynamics of memory retrieval for internal mentation
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-50439-y
Scientific Reports 9/1 2019-10-28

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