Daydreaming: Causes And Consequences

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Summary of the study In this qualitative research study, the researchers purposed to determine whether thoughts generated during daydreaming can cause forgetting of previously encoded events. They postulated that daydreams that are more different from the current moment (e.g., in distance, time, or circumstance) will result in more forgetting than daydreams that are less different from the current moment, because they result in a greater contextual shift. They conducted two experiments. The participants in experiment 1 were 138 Florida State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) students who participated for course credit. Participants in experiment 2 were 116 UNCG students who had taken a vacation (domestic or international within the previous 3 years), were recruited using an online scheduling system. The participants were assigned to three groups or conditions (Control, Near-Change and Far-Change). The control thought about their current home; near-change group had taken a trip in the United States, and the far-change group had taken an international trip within the previous 3 years. Participants were asked to memorize two lists of words. They learned list 1 first and were asked to think about autobiographical memories (current or childhood home, vacation place they had visited - domestic or …show more content…
Furthermore, a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) on the ratio of list items recalled produced a significant and meaningful main effect of the

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