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The Influences of Mind Wandering on Decisions From Experience

de Boer, Wouter (2018) The Influences of Mind Wandering on Decisions From Experience. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.


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When we try to focus on a primary task, we can get distracted by physical sensations or task-unrelated thoughts. Our attention shifts away from the primary task, and we start to mind wander. Previous work has demonstrated that the frequency and content of mind wandering affect decisions. The decision making task used in this research requires people to make decisions based on current obtained experience (experience-based decision making). A stock trader who follows the behavior of several stock options over time and certainly decides to buy some stock options, based on his experience, can be seen as an experience-based decision maker. In this research we investigate what the influence of mind wandering is on decisions from experience. When people are forced to focus on repetitive samples (stock options), an increased delay between the samples will increase the amount of mind wandering, but the data collected do not allow us to tell whether mind-wandering affects decision making. The data collected shows that people reported less mind wandering than in previous experiments, possible explanations are given.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor name: Vugt, M.K. van
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2018 09:47

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