Re Scientific American’s piece: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=mind-wandering-is-linked-to-your-wo-12-03-17
Working memory is but one of a number of variables to consider when it comes to staying engaged and not ‘drifting’ out. Another under-appreciated cause of mind wandering is the erosion of attention that accompanies skipping over things we don’t understand. Attention is constantly cycling in and out of coherence and so if what we are attending to (learning from) is too incoherent/ambiguous too long our attention span breaks down before it can renew. (see cycle of engagement: http://www.learningstewards.org/learning/cycle-of-engagement/)
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