Mind wandering, cognitive control & metacognition: New publication in PLoS ONE

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.


To shoot or not to shoot (new blog!)

I wrote another blog (in Dutch) on breinwijzer.be, about the role of racial bias in the decision to shoot (study by Pleskac and colleagues 2017). Interesting application of the drift diffusion model outside the field it’s usually used. Read the blog here!

New publication in jep:human perception & performance

Avoiding the conflict: Metacognitive awareness drives the selection of low-demand contexts
Kobe Desender, Cristian Buc Calderon, Filip Van Opstal, Eva Van den Bussche

Previous research attempted to explain how humans strategically adapt behavior in order to achieve successful task performance. Recently, it has been suggested that 1 potential strategy is to avoid tasks that are too demanding. Continue reading

New publication in Scientific Reports

Subjective experience of difficulty depends on multiple cues
Kobe Desender, Filip Van Opstal, Eva Van den Bussche

Human cognition is characterized by subjective experiences that go along with our actions, but the nature and stability of these experiences remain largely unclear. In the current report, the subjective experience of difficulty is studied Continue reading

New publication in Acta Psychologica

Different mechanisms can account for the instruction induced proportion congruency effect.
Kobe Desender
When performing a conflict task, performance is typically worse on trials with conflict between two responses (i.e., incongruent trials) compared to when there is no conflict (i.e., congruent trials), a finding known as the congruency effect. Continue reading