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  Unnoticed intrusions: Dissociations of meta-consciousness in thought suppression

Baird, B., Smallwood, J., Fishman, D. J. F., Mrazek, M. D., & Schooler, J. W. (2013). Unnoticed intrusions: Dissociations of meta-consciousness in thought suppression. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(3), 1003-1012. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2013.06.009.

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Baird, B.1, Author
Smallwood, Jonathan2, Author              
Fishman, D. J. F. 3, Author
Mrazek, M. D. 1, Author
Schooler, J. W. 1, Author
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1Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA, ou_persistent22              
2Department of Psychology, University of York, Heslington, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
3Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: Thought suppression; Mind-wandering; Meta-awareness; Monitoring; Consciousness; Experience sampling
 Abstract: The current research investigates the interaction between thought suppression and individuals’ explicit awareness of their thoughts. Participants in three experiments attempted to suppress thoughts of a prior romantic relationship and their success at doing so was measured using a combination of self-catching and experience-sampling. In addition to thoughts that individuals spontaneously noticed, individuals were frequently caught engaging in thoughts of their previous partner at experience-sampling probes. Furthermore, probe-caught thoughts were: (i) associated with stronger decoupling of attention from the environment, (ii) more likely to occur under cognitive load, (iii) more frequent for individuals with a desire to reconcile, and (iv) associated with individual differences in the tendency to suppress thoughts. Together, these data suggest that individuals can lack meta-awareness that they have begun to think about a topic they are attempting to suppress, providing novel insight into the cognitive processes that are involved in attempting to control undesired mental states.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2012-12-182013-08-022013-09
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2013.06.009
PMID: 23911902
Other: Epub 2013
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Title: Consciousness and Cognition
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 22 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1003 - 1012 Identifier: ISSN: 1053-8100
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922650165