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   2011, Vol. 19 Issue (4) : 499-509     DOI:
研究前沿 |
Mind-wandering: Phenomenon, Mechanism and Significance
SONG Xiao-Lan;WANG Xiao;TANG Xiao-Wei
(1 Department of Psychology, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, China)
(2 Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China)
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Abstract  Mind-wandering is involuntary conscious experience arising internally, and it’s a significant part of “stream of consciousness”. The phenomenon of mind-wandering suggests the significance of non-perceptual consciousness in human consciousness system, and the significance of ongoing unconscious processing for individual survival. The research about mind-wandering is becoming the live topic in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. After reviewing the studies about the content of mind-wandering, its relation with emotion and its neural correlates, we discussed the possible mechanism of mind-wandering and its adaptive function. At the end of the paper, we summarised the deficiency of the existing studies, such as the ambiguity in the definition of mind-wandering and the methodological limitations, and the future study trends was developed.
Keywords mind-wandering      non-perceptual consciousness      emotion      default network      self consciousness     
Corresponding Authors: SONG Xiao-Lan   
Issue Date: 15 April 2011
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SONG Xiao-Lan,WANG Xiao,TANG Xiao-Wei. Mind-wandering: Phenomenon, Mechanism and Significance[J]. , 2011, 19(4): 499-509.
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