Mind wandering as data augmentation: How mental travel supports abstraction

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Abstract

Gilead et al. state that abstraction supports mental travel, and that mental travel critically relies on abstraction. I propose an important addition to this theoretical framework, namely that mental travel might also support abstraction. Specifically, I argue that spontaneous mental travel (mind wandering), much like data augmentation in machine learning, provides variability in mental content and context necessary for abstraction.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere130
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Brain
  • Thinking

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