Katie Collins | July 17, 2014 | Wired
Picture the scene: it's a hot Friday afternoon, you're sitting at your desk trying to concentrate, but you can't help thinking about what lies ahead at the weekend, your eyes begin to glaze over…
Sound familiar? You're not alone if this ever happens to you. Research suggests that mind wandering, or zoning out, happens 20-40 percent of the time depending on the task or environmental context. Mind wandering has been found to have a strongly negative effect on performance: not only does it increase error rates in signal detection, but it can result in poor memory recall and lessened reading comprehension.
That could all be about to change, though, thanks to researchers at the University of Notre Dame.