An fMRI Study of Zoning Out During Strategic Reading Comprehension

Jarrod Moss, Christian D. Schunn, Walter Schneider, Danielle S. McNamara

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Abstract

Prior neuroimaging studies of discourse comprehension and strategic reading comprehension have shown that there are at least two networks of brain regions that support strategic discourse comprehension. In particular, strategic reading comprehension leads to activation of a domain-general control network as well as a network of regions supporting coherence-building comprehension processes. The present study was designed to further examine the neural correlates of strategic reading comprehension by examining the brain regions associated with zoning out, or mind wandering, while performing reading strategies on expository texts and diagrams. The results show that a region of dorsal prefrontal cortex was associated with increased frequency of zoning out, and the results provide an important replication or prior work by showing a high degree of consistency in the areas that are active while using reading strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExpanding the Space of Cognitive Science - Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2011
EditorsLaura Carlson, Christoph Hoelscher, Thomas F. Shipley
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Pages1218-1223
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780976831877
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Expanding the Space of Cognitive Science, CogSci 2011 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 20 2011Jul 23 2011

Publication series

NameExpanding the Space of Cognitive Science - Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2011

Conference

Conference33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Expanding the Space of Cognitive Science, CogSci 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston
Period7/20/117/23/11

Keywords

  • Cognitive Control
  • Reading Strategies
  • fMRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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