I was honored to present my research at two consecutive conferences held November 8-12th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. First, I presented a paper at the 25th Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM). I then presented a poster at the Psychonomic Society 58th Annual Meeting.
During my talk, I provided evidence that eye gaze parameters—a real-time index of the mind’s information processing strategies—change during mind wandering, a state of attention focused on internal thoughts unrelated to current task demands. The poster I presented reported the rate at which visual information is transformed into durable representations that are stored in memory—a processes often referred to as synaptic consolidation. These findings shed light on how information is typically acquired and available for later recall and serves as an important first step to better understand why memory is impaired during mind wandering.