Mind wandering in schizophrenia: A thought-sampling study

Tao Chen, Xiao jing Qin, Ji fang Cui, Ying Li, Lu lu Liu, Pengchong Wang, Shu li Tao, David H.K. Shum, Ya Wang, Raymond C.K. Chan

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Mind wandering has consistently been associated with impairments in cognition, emotion and daily performance. However, few experimental studies on mind wandering have been conducted in individuals with schizophrenia. The present study aimed to examine mind wandering in schizophrenia patients with a thought-sampling experiment embedded in a rapid go/no-go task and the relationship between the frequency of mind wandering and psychotic symptoms. Fifty-eight schizophrenia patients and 56 matched healthy controls were recruited and engaged in a task that assessed mind wandering. The results showed that schizophrenia patients (1.4%) reported less frequent mind wandering than healthy controls (5.8%). Moreover, there was no significant correlation between the frequency of mind wandering and psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia patients. Further studies in different stages of schizophrenia and in patients with more severe psychotic symptoms are needed to demonstrate a more comprehensive picture of mind wandering in schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102774
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019


  • Mind wandering
  • Schizophrenia
  • Thought-sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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