The Relationship Between Wandering Mind, Depression and Mindfulness

Yu Qin Deng, Song Li, Yi Yuan Tang

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between wandering mind, depression and mindfulness. We used the Sustained Attention to Response Task to assess the wandering mind, while the online thought probes were employed as the subjective marker for mind-wandering. The Beck Depression Inventory and Mindfulness Attention and Awareness Scale were used to assess depression and dispositional mindfulness respectively. The results revealed that the wandering mind even without awareness was not only positively associated with depression, but also negatively related to dispositional mindfulness. Depression was negatively related to dispositional mindfulness. These results might provide evidence that a wandering mind is positively associated with depression and mindfulness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalMindfulness
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Mind-wandering
  • Mindfulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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