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Title: When the Mind “Flies”: the Effects of Mind-Wandering on Driving
Authors: Bencich, Erica
Gamboz, Nadia
Coluccia, Emanuele
Brandimonte, Maria A.
Keywords: Mind-wanderingdrivingprobe-caughtquestionnaire
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Erica Bencich, Nadia Gamboz, Emanuele Coluccia, Maria A. Brandimonte, "When the Mind “Flies”: the Effects of Mind-Wandering on Driving" in: Paolo Bernardis, Carlo Fantoni, Walter Gerbino (eds.) "TSPC2014. Proceedings of the Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition, November 27-28", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2014, pp. 91-93.
Mind wandering (MW) refers to a shift of attention away
from a primary task toward internal information, such as
memories, future thoughts, or fantasies. Several lines of
research showed that MW has a costly influence on many
cognitive processes, such as reading comprehension,
sustained attention and working memory. The aim of the
present study was to assess whether MW impairs, like
secondary-task distraction, driver’s performance. Results
showed that MW is indeed pervasive during daily driving, as
indicated by the participants’ answers to an ad-hoc
questionnaire assessing the source of inattentiveness during
daily driving; furthermore, MW states detected during
simulated driving were found to affect driving performance.
Type: Book Chapter
eISBN: 978-88-8303-610-1
Appears in Collections:TSPC2014: Proceedings of the Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition, November 27th-28th 2014

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