Last week, the work performed during the master thesis of Leonhard Drescher got accepted at PLoS ONE! The paper itself can be found here, and Lenny and I wrote a blog about it on breinwijzer.be (in Dutch).
In this paper, we examined the interrelations between mind wandering, metacognition and cognitive control. To achieve this, we used structural equation modelling. As predicted by our 2014 paper, we observed a positive relation between metacognition and cognitive control: participants who were better at detecting their own errors were also better at suppressing task-irrelevant information. Strikingly, we observed a negative relation between metacognition and the detection of mind wandering: participants with good metacognition performed worse at detecting their own mind wandering. This might suggest that detecting your own errors and your own mind wandering relies on different cognitive circuits.