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Table 3 Free-form responses to end-of-study questionnaire Question 1 (“What did you do while listening to the audiobook?”)

From: In the lab and in the wild: How distraction and mind wandering affect attention and memory

Inside condition:
 • Played around with the pen, tried to stare at the phrase “I am focused on the audio” so I can get myself to focus better, sometimes mind wandering regarding my other assignments
 • Looked around the room, fidgeted
 • Look at the ground
 • I sat with my eyes closed in order to focus effectively
 • Shake my leg, play with the pen, close my eyes
 • Looked around the room
 • Either trying to focus on retaining information or thinking about other unrelated topics
 • Expecting the tone, staring at the number on the green door
 • Tried to listen but at times I ended up playing with the zippers on my jacket
 • Stared at the clipboard
 • Fiddling with the iPod, checking phone, observing the room
 • Staring at the wall
 • Think
 • Played with my fingers and the pencil
 • I was thinking about my runny nose and a random itchy spot on my leg and looking at the green door
 • Checked my phone and thought about other things on my mind
 • Didn’t move and tried not to look around and focus on the audiobook
 • Watching the paper sheet
 • Nothing else just listen
 • When I was wasn’t listening to the audiobook I was looking around the room and would occasionally mind wander about the rest of my day
 • I checked my phone once and my mind wandered and I got distracted from sounds in the environment
 • Close my eyes and focus on the audiobook
 • Looked around the room
 • Listening but mind wandering sometimes as I thought about when the interruption sound would occur
 • I was handed a sheet of paper where I was asked to circle from a choice of three options every time I heard a sound
 • Looked at the objects around the room
 • Bored
 • Close my eyes, play with the little pencil, look at the iPod
 • Looked around the room, played with the pencil
 • I looked at the sheet in front of me or looked at the wall
 • Looked around the room or at the pencil
 • Bit my nails
 • Look at the clipboard
Outside condition:
 • Sitting and relaxing
 • Sat in an outdoor staircase
 • I walked around the Kenny building, went and stood outside for a minute or two, then came back inside and stood looking out a window
 • Walking around
 • Walk around the building up and down the stairs
 • I walked around outside
 • Sat on the first floor of Kenny
 • Watched a tv screen in the Kenny building, people watching
 • Walked around the inside of Kenny building
 • Sat in the lobby
 • Walking
 • I was sitting down
 • Took the elevator, sat on a couch
 • Standing in the Kenny building
 • Sit down
 • Walked around the Kenny building
 • Walked around campus
 • I walked for a bit, but I was mostly sitting down
 • Walked around
 • I sat on a coach in the first floor of Kenny
 • Walking
 • Walked around Kenny
 • Sat at the second floor of Kenny, looked at my phone
 • Sat at a bench in Kenny
 • Walk around and sit down
 • Walked around and looked outside the window
 • Kenny, second floor
 • Sitting on a couch
 • I walked around and then ate lunch
 • Looking around
 • Stand on the hallway