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  • PSYCHOLOGY 290    Section: 2

    Cognitive Control and Mind-wandering

    Spring Quarter 2015

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. See instructor for CRN.

    Overview: The purpose of this class is to critically review the existing literature on mind---wandering in order to: (i) identify the operational definitions of the core cognitive constructs; (ii) understand the current conceptual and neural models for the role of mind---wandering in cognitive and social function, aging, and mental health; (iii) understand the strengths and limitations of current experimental designs; (iii) generate new hypotheses and novel predictions (not necessarily constrained by the practical considerations of experimental design). The focus will be broad topically (e.g., including reading, attention, ADHD, working memory, metacognition,) and methodologically (manual behavior/ performance, eye--- tracking, EEG, fMRI). The course is intended to be exploratory and is flexible to meet the interests of the students enrolled.

    Partial  list  of  readings  for  the  quarter: 

    Thomson, D. R., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (1948). A Resource-Control Account of Sustained Attention:  Evidence From Mind-Wandering and Vigilance Paradigms. Perspectives on Psychological Science.  doi:10.1177/1745691614556681 

    Smallwood, J., & Schooler, J. W. (2014). The Science of Mind Wandering: Empirically Navigating the  Stream of Consciousness. Annual Review of Psychology, 66(1), 141007180413004.  doi:10.1146/annurev-psych-010814-015331 

    Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Smallwood, J., & Spreng, R. N. (2014). The default network and self-generated  thought: Component processes, dynamic control, and clinical relevance. Annals of the New York  Academy of Sciences, 1316, 29–52. doi:10.1111/nyas.12360 

    James, W. (2013). Mind Wandering : A New Personal Intelligence Perspective, 1–4. 

    Reichle, E. D., Reineberg, A. E., & Schooler, J. W. (2010). Eye movements during mindless reading.  Psychological Science : A Journal of the American Psychological Society / APS, 21, 1300–1310.  doi:10.1177/0956797610378686 

    Smallwood, J., & Schooler, J. W. (2015). The Science of Mind Wandering: Empirically Navigating the  Stream of Consciousness. Annual Review of Psychology, 66, 487–518. doi:10.1146/annurev-psych-  010814-015331 

    Tierney, B. J. (2010). When the Mind Wanders, Happiness Also Strays, 1–4.  Unsworth, N., McMillan, B. D., Brewer, G. a., & Spillers, G. J. (2012). Everyday attention failures: An  individual differences investigation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and  Cognition, 38(6), 1765–1772. doi:10.1037/a0028075 

    Uzzaman, S., & Joordens, S. (2011). The eyes know what you are thinking: Eye movements as an objective  measure of mind wandering. Consciousness and Cognition, 20(4), 1882–1886.  doi:10.1016/j.concog.2011.09.010 

    Esterman, M., Noonan, S. K., Rosenberg, M., & Degutis, J. (2013). In the zone or zoning out? Tracking  behavioral and neural fluctuations during sustained attention. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. :  1991), 23(11), 2712–23. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhs261 

    Esterman, M., Rosenberg, M. D., & Noonan, S. K. (2014). Intrinsic fluctuations in sustained attention and  distractor processing. The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for  Neuroscience, 34(5), 1724–30. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2658-13.2014

    Baird, B., Cieslak, M., Smallwood, J., Grafton, S. T., & Schooler, J. W. (2014). Regional White Matter  Variation Associated with Domain-specific Metacognitive Accuracy. Journal of Cognitive  Neuroscience, 27(3), 440–452. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00741 

    Forster, S., & Lavie, N. (2007). High perceptual load makes everybody equal: Eliminating individual  differences in distractibility with load: Research report. Psychological Science, 18, 377–381.  doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01908.x 

    Forster, S., & Lavie, N. (2014). Distracted by your mind? Individual differences in distractibility predict  mind wandering. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40(1),  251–60. doi:10.1037/a0034108 

    Fox, K. C. R., Spreng, R. N., Ellamil, M., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., & Christoff, K. (2015). The wandering  brain: Meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies of mind-wandering and related spontaneous  thought processes. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.02.039 

    Seli, P., Smallwood, J., & Cheyne, J. A. (2014). On the relation of mind wandering and ADHD  symptomatology, (1). doi:10.3758/s13423-014-0793-0 

    Awh, E., & Vogel, E. K. (2015). Attention: feedback focuses a wandering mind. Nature Neuroscience18(3), 327–328. doi:10.1038/nn.3962 

    deBettencourt, M. T., Cohen, J. D., Lee, R. F., Norman, K. a, & Turk-Browne, N. B. (2015). Closed-loop  training of attention with real-time brain imaging. Nature Neuroscience, (October 2014), 1–9.  doi:10.1038/nn.3940 


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    Center for Mind and Brain T   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Joy Geng , Ph.D. 267 Cousteau Pl. Center for Mind and Brain