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The neural correlates of ongoing conscious thought.

Smallwood, Jonathan and Turnbull, Adam and Wang, Hao-Ting and Ho, Nerissa SP and Poerio, Giulia L and Karapanagiotidis, Theodoros and Konu, Delali and Mckeown, Brontë and Zhang, Meichao and Murphy, Charlotte and Vatansever, Deniz and Bzdok, Danilo and Konishi, Mahiko and Leech, Robert and Seli, Paul and Schooler, Jonathan W and Bernhardt, Boris and Margulies, Daniel S and Jefferies, Elizabeth (2021) 'The neural correlates of ongoing conscious thought.' iScience, 24 (3). ISSN 2589-0042

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Abstract

A core goal in cognitive neuroscience is identifying the physical substrates of the patterns of thought that occupy our daily lives. Contemporary views suggest that the landscape of ongoing experience is heterogeneous and can be influenced by features of both the person and the context. This perspective piece considers recent work that explicitly accounts for both the heterogeneity of the experience and context dependence of patterns of ongoing thought. These studies reveal that systems linked to attention and control are important for organizing experience in response to changing environmental demands. These studies also establish a role of the default mode network beyond task-negative or purely episodic content, for example, implicating it in the level of vivid detail in experience in both task contexts and in spontaneous self-generated experiential states. Together, this work demonstrates that the landscape of ongoing thought is reflected in the activity of multiple neural systems, and it is important to distinguish between processes contributing to how the experience unfolds from those linked to how these experiences are regulated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, Techniques in Neuroscience
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 09:16
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 09:16
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29854

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