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Andrews-Hanna et al. (2022). Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 151(3), 628–642.Bellana et al (2022). Nature Communications, 13(1), Article 1.Gable et al. (2016). Psychological Science, 30(3), 396–404.Gray et al. (2019). American Psychologist, 74(5), 539–554.Honey et al. (2023). Directions in Psychological Science, 09637214221143053.Klinger (1978). The Stream of Consciousness: Scientific Investigations into the Flow of Human Experience (pp.225–258)Spinhoven et al. (2018). Journal of Affective Disorders, 241, 216–225.REFERENCESGreater semantic bias in participants reportingmore persistent thoughts.Participants can block behavioral expression ofpersistent thoughts, but not the thoughtsthemselves.Next steps:Persistent thoughts may not be subjectto cognitive control.Are they blocked by interference?CONCLUSIONSFreeAssociation3 Minutes(suppress food)StoryReadingn=79(suppress story)FreeAssociation3 MinutesPost-taskQuestionsSelf-reportedLingeringTime"Suppress thoughts related to food""Suppress thoughts related to the story"MeanStory RelatednessTime (seconds)Post-Story SuppressPre-Story SuppressPost-Story IntactPre-Story IntactCI: 95%, n=5000Positionin Word ChainCohen's DPost-PreStory RelatednessSemantic biases undetectable when participantssuppress story-related thoughts.CI: 95%, n=5000ConditionSelf-reportedLingeringNarrative content persistsin thought regardless ofvolition.IntactR2=0.13SuppressR2=0.05p=0.066Self-reported LingeringMean Post-StoryRelatednessSemantic Biases & SubjectiveExperience show a correlation trend.