Reading & Memory

Mind-wandering occurs even when engaged in relatively demanding tasks such as reading or encoding information for subsequent recall.  This process of decoupling can lead to problems such as mindless reading or absent minded forgetting.  Studying these phenomenon not only reveals why mind-wandering can be problematic in daily life, it also highlights some of the features of the cognitive system which supports reading and memory.

Task unrelated thought whilst encoding information

Encoding during the attentional lapse: Accuracy of encoding during the semantic SART

When attention matters: the curious incident of the wandering mind