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Integrative Mechanics of Mind Wandering and their Effect on Creativity

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dc.contributor.advisor Compton, Rebecca J. (Rebecca Jean)
dc.contributor.author Gardner, Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-01T14:12:10Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-01T14:12:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/19415
dc.description.abstract Previous literature has many rich findings on the mechanisms, implications and effects of mind-wandering. For example, Baird et. al (2012) found that mind-wandering can facilitate creativity. Furthermore, Miles et. al (2010) have found that the directionality of one’s mind-wandering can be influenced by temporal primes. We attempt to replicate these findings in our study in addition to analyzing other potential factors influencing mind-wandering, such as mood and intentionality of mind-wandering sessions. The introduction presents a comprehensive review explaining theoretical and neurological mechanisms of mind-wandering, followed by literature reviews on how mood, intentionality and other elements of mind wandering operate. Though we were unable to replicate Baird’s and Miles’s studies, our study indicates a relation between being presented with forward motion and sustained mind-wandering sessions. Furthermore, high levels of alpha power have a positive relationship with increasing fluency scores on the Uunusual Use Task. Though previous literature indicates correlations between non-positive moods and past-oriented mind-wandering, we failed to find a correlation between the directionality of one’s mind-wandering and mood. Additional findings are also discussed to provide a more complete picture on how an individual can utilize mind-wandering as a tool to enhance their creativity.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subject.lcsh Creative thinking
dc.subject.lcsh Thought and thinking
dc.subject.lcsh Cognition
dc.subject.lcsh Mindfulness (Psychology)
dc.title Integrative Mechanics of Mind Wandering and their Effect on Creativity
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access


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