This week the journal Cognition and Emotion published a study by my colleague Rory O’Connor (Stirling University) and myself exploring the relationship between different mood states and the temporal focus that mind wandering tasks. The results suggested that being in a negative mood led people to mind wander to events in the past. This bias was especially pronounced in people with depression.
Mind-wandering is a product of spontaneous, internally generated thought
- Distant memories: Why the default mode network is important during states of internal focus
- Monitoring the mind: clues for a link between meta cognition and self generated thought
- Emotional wandering: considering the complex relationship between self-generated thought and happiness
- Not all minds that wander are lost
- The Good, the Bad and the Wandering Mind