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  Letting go of the present: Mind-wandering is associated with reduced delay discounting

Smallwood, J., Ruby, F. J. M., & Singer, T. (2013). Letting go of the present: Mind-wandering is associated with reduced delay discounting. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(1), 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2012.10.007.

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Smallwood, Jonathan1, Author              
Ruby, Florence J. M.1, Author              
Singer, Tania1, Author              
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1Department Social Neuroscience, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634552              

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Free keywords: Decision making; Mind wandering; Delay discounting; Task unrelated thought; Stimulus independent thought; Self-generated thought
 Abstract: The capacity to self-generate mental content that is unrelated to the current environment is a fundamental characteristic of the mind, and the current experiment explored how this experience is related to the decisions that people make in daily life. We examined how task-unrelated thought (TUT) varies with the length of time participants are willing to wait for an economic reward, as measured using an inter-temporal discounting task. When participants performed a task requiring minimal attention, the greater the amount of time spent engaged in TUT the longer the individual was prepared to wait for an economic reward. These data indicate that self-generated thought engages processes associated with the successful management of long-term goals. Although immersion in the here and now is undeniably advantageous, under appropriate conditions the capacity to let go of the present and consider more pertinent personal goals may have its own rewards.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2012-04-182012-10-222012-11-212013-03
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.10.007
PMID: 23178292
Other: Epub 2012
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Title: Consciousness and Cognition
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 22 (1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1 - 7 Identifier: ISSN: 1053-8100
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922650165