Cohen_Anna-Lisa_61398H-06-1Dr. Anna-Lisa Cohen, associate professor of psychology at Yeshiva University, recently published an article in Frontiers in Psychology. Titled “Attentional decoupling while pursuing intentions: a form of mind wandering?”, the article describes a study in which participants were given an ongoing task to perform while also being asked to remember to perform another task later on. Cohen’s research found that it took participants longer to complete the ongoing task when they also had to keep this intention in mind. She interpreted these costs as similar to mental states such as absentminded lapses or mindwandering, because attention spontaneously shifted away from the ongoing activity to thoughts about the future task.



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