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

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Abstract

Mind wandering involves internally focused attention, and is often conceptualized as the opposite of external attention that is oriented towards the task at hand. Individuals vary ac- cording to the amount they mind wander as well as with re- gards to the pattern of oscillations between mind wandering thoughts and externally directed, focused thought. Assuming that mind wandering is influenced by episodic contents, we ex- plore the proposition that mind wandering frequency is related to the manner in which individuals deal with the contents of episodic memory, as reflected by a maximizing decision mak- ing style. Based on previous studies measuring cognitive pro- cesses, we assume that mouse trajectories towards a particu- lar response on the screen are continuously updated by time- dependent and temporally-dynamic cognitive processes. As a behavioral methodology, mouse tracking provides potential cues to help predict mind wandering. In our experiment, a to- tal of 274 students completed a decision making questionnaire, episodic and associative memory tests (during which mouse movements were recorded) and a working memory task, dur- ing which mind wandering thoughts were assessed. We found certain mouse movement characteristics to be significantly pre- dictive of mind wandering. Also, a maximizing decision mak- ing style appeared to be related to a particular type of mind wandering, namely, task-related interference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsAshok Goel, Colleen Seifert, Christian Freska
Place of PublicationMontreal, QB
Pages2592-2598
Volume41
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2019: Creativity + Cognition + Computation - Palais des Congrès , Montreal, Canada
Duration: 24 Jul 201927 Jul 2019
Conference number: 41
https://cognitivesciencesociety.org/cogsci-2019/

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2019
Abbreviated titleCogSci 2019
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period24/07/1927/07/19
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Episodic Memory
Short-Term Memory
Cues
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Mind wandering
  • Mouse tracking
  • Decision Making
  • maximising
  • ATTENTION

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Dias Da Silva, M., & Postma, M. (2019). Tracking the wandering mind: Memory, mouse movements and decision making styles. In A. Goel, C. Seifert, & C. Freska (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (Vol. 41, pp. 2592-2598). Montreal, QB.
Dias Da Silva, Mariana ; Postma, Marie. / Tracking the wandering mind : Memory, mouse movements and decision making styles. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. editor / Ashok Goel ; Colleen Seifert ; Christian Freska. Vol. 41 Montreal, QB, 2019. pp. 2592-2598
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Dias Da Silva, M & Postma, M 2019, Tracking the wandering mind: Memory, mouse movements and decision making styles. in A Goel, C Seifert & C Freska (eds), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. vol. 41, Montreal, QB, pp. 2592-2598, Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society 2019, Montreal, Canada, 24/07/19.

Tracking the wandering mind : Memory, mouse movements and decision making styles. / Dias Da Silva, Mariana; Postma, Marie.

Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. ed. / Ashok Goel; Colleen Seifert; Christian Freska. Vol. 41 Montreal, QB, 2019. p. 2592-2598.

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