Response to comment on "Wandering minds: The default network and stimulus-independent thought"

Malia F. Mason, Michael I. Norton, John D. Van Horn, Daniel M. Wegner, Scott T. Grafton, C. Neil Macrae

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Gilbert et al. suggest that activity in the default network may be due to the emergence of stimulus-oriented rather than stimulus-independent thought. Although both kinds of thought likely emerge during familiar tasks, we argue - and report data suggesting - that stimulus-independent thought dominates unconstrained cognitive periods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43
Number of pages3
Issue number5834
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2007


  • cortex
  • task
  • attention

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