ERIC Number: EJ825145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
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Conducting the Train of Thought: Working Memory Capacity, Goal Neglect, and Mind Wandering in an Executive-Control Task
McVay, Jennifer C.; Kane, Michael J.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, v35 n1 p196-204 Jan 2009
On the basis of the executive-attention theory of working memory capacity (WMC; e.g., M. J. Kane, A. R. A. Conway, D. Z. Hambrick, & R. W. Engle, 2007), the authors tested the relations among WMC, mind wandering, and goal neglect in a sustained attention to response task (SART; a go/no-go task). In 3 SART versions, making conceptual versus perceptual processing demands, subjects periodically indicated their thought content when probed following rare no-go targets. SART processing demands did not affect mind-wandering rates, but mind-wandering rates varied with WMC and predicted goal-neglect errors in the task; furthermore, mind-wandering rates partially mediated the WMC-SART relation, indicating that WMC-related differences in goal neglect were due, in part, to variation in the control of conscious thought.
Descriptors: Short Term Memory, Attention Control, Cognitive Processes, Task Analysis, Responses, Prediction
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