A closer look at the relationship between the default network, mind wandering, negative mood, and depression

Konjedi, Shaghayegh and Maleeh, Reza (2017) A closer look at the relationship between the default network, mind wandering, negative mood, and depression. Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, 1-15. doi:10.3758/s13415-017-0506-z


Author Konjedi, Shaghayegh
Maleeh, Reza
Title A closer look at the relationship between the default network, mind wandering, negative mood, and depression
Journal name Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1530-7026
1531-135X
Publication date 2017-04-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/s13415-017-0506-z
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Abstract By a systematic analysis of the current literature on the neural correlates of mind wandering, that is, the default network (DN), and by shedding light on some determinative factors and conditions which affect the relationship between mind wandering and negative mood, we show that (1) mind wandering per se does not necessarily have a positive correlation with negative mood and, on the higher levels, depression. We propose that negative mood as a consequence of mind wandering generally depends on two determinative conditions, that is, whether mind wandering is with or without meta-awareness and whether mind wandering occurs during high or low vigilance states; (2) increased activity of the DN is not necessarily followed by an increase in unhappiness and depression. We argue that while in some kinds of meditation practices we witness an increase in the structure and in the activity of the DN, no increase in unhappiness and depression is observed.
Keyword Attention
Depression
Cognitive control
Mood
Regulation
Default network
Mind wandering
Meditation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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