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    Analytic cognitive style predicts religious and paranormal belief.Gordon Pennycook, James Allan Cheyne, Paul Seli, Derek J. Koehler & Jonathan A. Fugelsang - 2012 - Cognition 123 (3):335-346.
    An analytic cognitive style denotes a propensity to set aside highly salient intuitions when engaging in problem solving. We assess the hypothesis that an analytic cognitive style is associated with a history of questioning, altering, and rejecting supernatural claims, both religious and paranormal. In two studies, we examined associations of God beliefs, religious engagement, conventional religious beliefs and paranormal beliefs with performance measures of cognitive ability and analytic cognitive style. An analytic cognitive style negatively predicted both religious and paranormal beliefs (...)
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  2. Rich environments, dull experiences: how environment can exacerbate the effect of constraint on the experience of boredom.Andriy A. Struk, Abigail A. Scholer, James Danckert & Paul Seli - 2020 - Cognition and Emotion 34 (7):1517-1523.
    We examined the hypothesis that boredom is likely to occur when opportunity costs are high; that is, when there is a high potential value of engaging in activities other than the researcher-assigne...
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  3. Attention need not always apply: Mind wandering impedes explicit but not implicit sequence learning.Samuel Murray, Nicholaus Brosowsky, Jonathan Schooler & Paul Seli - 2021 - Cognition 209 (C):104530.
    According to the attentional resources account, mind wandering (or “task-unrelated thought”) is thought to compete with a focal task for attentional resources. Here, we tested two key predictions of this account: First, that mind wandering should not interfere with performance on a task that does not require attentional resources; second, that as task requirements become automatized, performance should improve and depth of mind wandering should increase. Here, we used a serial reaction time task with implicit- and explicit-learning groups to test (...)
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    On the link between mind wandering and task performance over time.David R. Thomson, Paul Seli, Derek Besner & Daniel Smilek - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 27:14-26.
  5. What's in a task? Complications in the study of the task-unrelated-thought (TUT) variety of mind wandering.Samuel Murray, Kristina Krasich, Jonathan Schooler & Paul Seli - unknown - Perspectives on Psychological Science:1-50.
    In recent years, the number of studies examining mind wandering has increased considerably, and research on the topic has spread widely across various domains of psychological research. Although the term “mind wandering” has been used to refer to various cognitive states, researchers typically operationalize mind wandering in terms of “task-unrelated thought” (TUT). Research on TUT has shed light on the various task features that require people’s attention, and on the consequences of task inattention. Important methodological and conceptual complications do persist, (...)
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    Analytic-thinking predicts hoax beliefs and helping behaviors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Matthew L. Stanley, Nathaniel Barr, Kelly Peters & Paul Seli - forthcoming - Tandf: Thinking and Reasoning:1-14.
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    Thought dynamics under task demands.Nick Brosowsky, Samuel Murray, Jonathan Schooler & Paul Seli - forthcoming - Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
    As research on mind wandering has accelerated, the construct’s defining features have expanded and researchers have begun to examine different dimensions of mind wandering. Recently, Christoff and colleagues have argued for the importance of investigating a hitherto neglected variety of mind wandering: “unconstrained thought,” or, thought that is relatively unguided by executive-control processes. To date, with only a handful of studies investigating unconstrained thought, little is known about this intriguing type of mind wandering. Across two experiments, we examined, for the (...)
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    How pervasive is mind wandering, really?Paul Seli, Roger E. Beaty, James Allan Cheyne, Daniel Smilek, Jonathan Oakman & Daniel L. Schacter - 2018 - Consciousness and Cognition 66:74-78.
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    Attention failures versus misplaced diligence: Separating attention lapses from speed–accuracy trade-offs.Paul Seli, James Allan Cheyne & Daniel Smilek - 2012 - Consciousness and Cognition 21 (1):277-291.
    In two studies of a GO–NOGO task assessing sustained attention, we examined the effects of altering speed–accuracy trade-offs through instructions and auditory alerts distributed throughout the task. Instructions emphasizing accuracy reduced errors and changed the distribution of GO trial RTs. Additionally, correlations between errors and increasing RTs produced a U-function; excessively fast and slow RTs accounted for much of the variance of errors. Contrary to previous reports, alerts increased errors and RT variability. The results suggest that standard instructions for sustained (...)
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    The role of task difficulty in theoretical accounts of mind wandering.Paul Seli, Mahiko Konishi, Evan F. Risko & Daniel Smilek - 2018 - Consciousness and Cognition 65:255-262.
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    Putting retrieval-induced forgetting in context: An inhibition-free, context-based account.Tanya R. Jonker, Paul Seli & Colin M. MacLeod - 2013 - Psychological Review 120 (4):852-872.
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    Assessing the associations among trait and state levels of deliberate and spontaneous mind wandering.Paul Seli, Evan F. Risko & Daniel Smilek - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 41:50-56.
  13. What are the benefits of mind wandering to creativity?Samuel Murray, Nathan Liang, Nick Brosowsky & Paul Seli - forthcoming - Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics, and the Arts.
    A primary aim of mind-wandering research has been to understand its influence on task performance. While this research has typically highlighted the costs of mind wandering, a handful of studies have suggested that mind wandering may be beneficial in certain situations. Perhaps the most-touted benefit is that mind wandering during a creative-incubation interval facilitates creative thinking. This finding has played a critical role in the development of accounts of the adaptive value of mind wandering and its functional role, as well (...)
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    Performance reactivity in a continuous-performance task: Implications for understanding post-error behavior.Tanya R. Jonker, Paul Seli, James Allan Cheyne & Daniel Smilek - 2013 - Consciousness and Cognition 22 (4):1468-1476.
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    On the relation between mind wandering, PTSD symptomology, and self-control.Nicholaus P. Brosowsky, Alyssa C. Smith, Dan Smilek & Paul Seli - 2022 - Consciousness and Cognition 99:103288.