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An introduction to the scientific problem of the “mind wandering” phenomenon 1283

Ivanov M.V., PhD in Psychology, Researcher of the Department for the Study of Mental Pathology of Early Childhood, Federal state budgetary institution «scientific center of mental health» of the Russian Academy of medical Sciences, St.Petersburg, Russia, ivanov-michael@mail.ru
Bagrationi K.A., PhD in Psychology, Senior Lecturer, Department of Project Management, Federal state Autonomous educational institution of higher professional education «national research University "Higher school of Economics”», Moscow, Russia, kbagrationi@hse.ru
Abstract
The problem of the “wandering mind” phenomenon is considered in an interdisciplinary perspective. We provide evidence that the “wandering mind” is the cause of attention errors when performing cognitive tasks, both in laboratory conditions and in professional and daily activities. We show the role of “wandering mind” in the modeling of personal psychological future. According D. Kahneman’s conceptual views on the thinking nature, the “wandering mind” is a prerequisite of appearance of creative ways to solve ambiguous problems (“creative insight”) in the process of thinking. Based on the B.F. Lomov’s methodological conception, we reveal the need for considering the problem of “wandering mind” along with socio-psychological characteristics of a group (such as, for example, incorporativity), which includes subjects that are in the described condition.

Keywords: “wandering mind”, attention lapses, decision-making, cognitive processes, social and psychological characteristics, groups incorporativity

Column: Young Scientists (Postgraduate students)

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/psyedu.2014060131

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