The Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Laboratory is run under the supervision of Dr. Kalina Christoff.
Research in the lab focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms of human thought, reasoning and problem solving.
We examine both goal-directed thought processes as well as undirected thought processes that often occur spontaneously.
We are particularly interested in introspective thought processes, which we have linked to the functions of the rostrolateral prefrontal cortex (BA10), as well as spontaneous thought processes such as mind-wandering, which we have linked to the functions of temporal lobe structures.
We examine these topics using a combination of functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioural testing. In addition, novel neuroimaging techniques such as real-time fMRI are being developed for clinical applications in psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. We are currently working on a study of mothers' childbirth experiences.