Where Is My Mind…? The Link between Mind Wandering and Prospective Memory - Université Paris Cité Access content directly
Journal Articles Brain Sciences Year : 2022

Where Is My Mind…? The Link between Mind Wandering and Prospective Memory

Abstract

Mind wandering (MW) is a common feature of the human experience occurring when our attention shifts from the task at hand to inner thoughts. MW seems to be often future-oriented and could be used to help people to carry out their planned actions (Prospective Memory PM). Here, we tested the link between MW and the ability to perform PM intentions. We assessed MW and PM over 15 days using experience-sampling probes via mobile phone (226 participants) associated with a naturalistic PM task. We confirmed that MW occupies a significant proportion of our mental activity (40%). This time seems to be mainly used to project ourselves into the future (64%), whether to anticipate and imagine the long term (20%) or to plan daily obligations (44%). Intriguingly, only past-oriented thoughts (9%) predict the PM performance. We discuss the possible functional role played by MW in maintaining intentions in mind.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
brainsci-12-01139.pdf (1.92 Mo) Télécharger le fichier
Origin : Publisher files allowed on an open archive
Licence : CC BY - Attribution

Dates and versions

hal-04031451 , version 1 (16-03-2023)

Identifiers

Cite

Jean-Charles Girardeau, Marco Sperduti, Philippe Blondé, Pascale Piolino. Where Is My Mind…? The Link between Mind Wandering and Prospective Memory. Brain Sciences, 2022, 12 (9), pp.1139. ⟨10.3390/brainsci12091139⟩. ⟨hal-04031451⟩
23 View
65 Download

Altmetric

Share

Gmail Facebook X LinkedIn More