I'm a first-year student in the Master of Science in Psychological Science (MSPS) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my bachelor at University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring Psychology and Brain Science. I'm currently working with Prof. Wang in the Attention and Perception Lab.
In daily life, we often notice ourselves not focusing on the current task and thinking about something else. This distracting state is called "mind wandering," defined as a shift of our attention away from the task. I'm interested in what factors will affect this state and what measurements can help infer this distracting state.
- Mind wandering
I'm currently working with Prof. Wang in Attention and Perception Lab, and we decide to focus on the emotional effect on the frequency of people's mind wandering. For the current project, we pick fear emotion as our first choice since it is a very special negative mood which activates people's brain motor area and causes the "fight or flight" response. Specifically, we hypothesize that when people are in a fear mood, they tend to mind wander less compared with when in a neutral emotion.