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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (2) : 196-202     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00196
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Mind wandering while reading: Theoretical assumptions and factors
WU Guolai; GAO Yuan; ZHOU Man
(Academy of Psychology and Behavior in Tianjin Normal University, Key Research Base of
Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, Tianjin 300074, China)
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Abstract  

"Mind-wandering" tends to occur in reading and other activities where vigilance may be low. It refers to the experience of thoughts not remaining on a single topic or task in which people were asked to engaged. However, since it is difficult to induce and control "Mind-wandering" under laboratory conditions, this issue was laid aside for quite a long time until 1990s. The present review focused on theoretical hypotheses and influencing factors of "Mind-wandering" in reading. Firstly, three main hypotheses of mind wandering in reading were summarized respectively: executive-control theory, control-failure hypothesis and attentional decoupling hypothesis. Secondly, main influencing factors of "Mind-wandering" in reading were also considered. These factors were divided into three categories: reading mode variables, reading material variables, and subject variables. To reveal the mechanisms of "Mind-wandering" further, more work on reducing the limitations of methodology still need to be done in the future.

Keywords mind wandering      reading      control-failure      attentional decoupling      meta-awareness     
Corresponding Authors: WU Guolai, E-mail: wuguolai@126.com   
Issue Date: 15 February 2016
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WU Guolai,GAO Yuan,ZHOU Man. Mind wandering while reading: Theoretical assumptions and factors[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(2): 196-202.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.00196     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2016/V24/I2/196
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