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Research Article

How Self-Generated Thought Shapes Mood—The Relation between Mind-Wandering and Mood Depends on the Socio-Temporal Content of Thoughts

  • Florence J. M. Ruby mail,

    florence.j.m.ruby@gmail.com

    Affiliations: Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, Department of Psychology, University of York, York, United Kingdom

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  • Jonathan Smallwood,

    Affiliations: Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, Department of Psychology, University of York, York, United Kingdom

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  • Haakon Engen,

    Affiliation: Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Tania Singer

    Affiliation: Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

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  • Published: October 23, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077554
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Florence J. M. Ruby, Jonathan Smallwood, Haakon Engen, Tania Singer
Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
Florence J. M. Ruby, Jonathan Smallwood
Department of Psychology, University of York, York, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: florence.j.m.ruby@gmail.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FJMR HE JS. Performed the experiments: FJMR HE. Analyzed the data: FJMR JS. Wrote the paper: FJMR HE JS TS.