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Response to Pickering et al.

Perkins, Adam M. and Arnone, Danilo and Smallwood, Jonathan and Mobbs, Dean (2016) Response to Pickering et al. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20 (1). pp. 2-3. ISSN 1364-6613. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.11.001.

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In a recent issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences we proposed an overarching account of neuroticism, arguing that it stems from individual differences in patterns of self-generated thought (SGT) which, in turn, depend on variation in the functioning of the default mode network (DMN). We believe our theoretical framework is important because it has the potential to embed an understanding of the neurotic mind in the context of three larger questions. (i) What are the mechanisms that support the capacity to worry in the absence of a provoking agent? (ii) How does DMN engagement lead to the variety of different experiences that can occupy our minds when we generate thought in the absence of perceptual input? (iii) How does the capacity to generate thoughts that have no obvious link to the environment lead to costs and benefits in daily life? In the current issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Pickering et al.

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Additional Information:© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Published online: November 30, 2015.
Subject Keywords:personality, neuroticism, creativity, self-generated thought, medial prefrontal cortex
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Official Citation:Adam M. Perkins, Danilo Arnone, Jonathan Smallwood, Dean Mobbs, Response to Pickering et al., Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 20, Issue 1, 2016, Pages 2-3, ISSN 1364-6613, (
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