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I am currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Marie Postma. My research explores mind wandering and inattention. More specifically, I am investigating the causes, effects, and behavioral measures of mind wandering. My project aims to answer  3 main questions: 1) Does hand reach behavior (computer mouse movements) measured in real-time predict mind wandering during online tasks? 2) Are age related differences in mind wandering also reflected in hand reach behavior? 3) How are episodic and associative memory related to mind wandering?

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Research Output 2018 2019

  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article

Tracking the wandering mind: Memory, mouse movements and decision making styles

Dias Da Silva, M. & Postma, M., 2019, Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Goel, A., Seifert, C. & Freska, C. (eds.). Montreal, QB, Vol. 41. p. 2592-2598

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Episodic Memory
Short-Term Memory
Surveys and Questionnaires

Ruminative minds, wandering eyes: Effects of ruminative mind wandering episodes on lexical associations, pitch imitation and eye behavior

Dias Da Silva, M., Rusz, D. & Postma, M., 19 Nov 2018, In : PLoS ONE.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access