The dynamic framework of mind wandering revisited: How mindful meta-awareness affects mental states' constraints

Autor(en): Konjedi, Shaghayegh
Maleeh, Reza
Stichwörter: Cognitive control; DEFAULT MODE NETWORK; Dynamic framework; EMOTIONAL ACCEPTANCE; FOCUSED ATTENTION; FUNCTIONAL CONNECTIVITY; HUMAN BRAIN; INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES; LUCID DREAMING TREATMENT; MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER; Mental flexibility; Mindful meta-awareness; PREFRONTAL CORTEX; Psychology; Psychology, Experimental; Spontaneous thought; STRESS REDUCTION
Erscheinungsdatum: 2021
Herausgeber: ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE
Journal: CONSCIOUSNESS AND COGNITION
Volumen: 95
Zusammenfassung: 
The dynamic framework of mind wandering (Christoff, Irving, Fox, Spreng, & Andrews-Hanna, 2016) is reviewed and modified through integrating the construct of mindful meta-awareness. The dynamic framework maintains that mind wandering belongs to a family of spontaneous thought phenomena. The key defining feature of mind wandering is `spontaneity' which characterizes the dynamic nature of thoughts in the framework. The argument is made that incorporating the mindful meta-awareness construct modifies the dynamic framework as follows: (1) the framework's criteria for mind wandering do not hold anymore as meta-awareness changes the relationship between thoughts and constraints, and (2) lucid dreaming can be categorized as unguided thought while at the same time being dependent on deliberate constraints. Finally, the application of this modified framework will be discussed in terms of the treatment of mental disorders related to spontaneous thought alterations, in particular depression and nightmares.
ISSN: 10538100
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2021.103194

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