Welcome to themindwanders.com your essential go-to source for articles, research and musings on the minds capacity to self generate thought. This capacity is common in daily life and is exemplified by the experience of mind-wandering or daydreaming.
In 1890 William James suggested, what remains to this day, a commonly accepted definition of attention: “Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought”. While research in the last century expanded our understanding of how external attention operates, this century has seen a growth in our understanding of how attention bears on spontaneous self generated thoughts (as exemplified by the experience of mind-wandering or daydreaming).
Browse the different sections of the websites to access published articles on Experimental Research and Theoretical Reviews. You can also pose your own questions and participate in a short survey of mind-wandering.
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