“Altered Traits”: Default mode part one

When scientists asked people during these periods of “doing nothing” what was going on in their minds, not surprisingly, it was not nothing!


They typically reported that their minds were wandering; most often, this mind-wandering was focused on the self—How am I doing in this experiment?


I wonder what they are learning about me; I need to reply to Joe’s phone message—all reflecting mental activity focused on “I” and “me.”



In short, our mind wanders mostly to something about ourselves—my thoughts, my emotions, my relationships, who liked my new post on my Facebook page—all the minutiae of our life story.



By framing every event in how it impacts ourselves, the default mode makes each of us the center of the universe as we know it.



Those reveries knit together our sense of “self” from the fragmentary memories, hopes, dreams, plans, and so on that center on I, me, and mine.



Our default mode continually rescripts a movie where each of us stars, replaying particularly favorite or upsetting scenes over and over.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by chickenlittle2017 on April 9, 2018 at 6:46 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: