Check out the lab's Nature Reviews Neuroscience article in the Huffington Post!
Here is a figure from the article:
Find out more about the role of the wandering mind, its role in creativity, and what it might tell us about mental illness.
Read about the lab's Nature Reviews Neuroscience paper in the Wall Street Journal!
Here is an excerpt from the piece:
"Other brain areas constrain and modify mind-wandering—such as parts of our prefrontal cortex, the control center of the brain. In my case, this control system may try to pull my attention back to external goals like writing my column. Or it may shape my wandering mind toward internal goals like planning what I’ll make for dinner.
Dr. Christoff and colleagues suggest that creative thought involves a special interaction between these control systems and mind-wandering." - Alison Gopnik
Commentary by Emilie on the recent Neuroimage article "Dynamics of neural recruitment surrounding the spontaneous arising of thoughts in experienced mindfulness practitioners".
Emilie Reas received her PhD in Neuroscience from UC San Diego, where she used fMRI to study memory. As a postdoc at UCSD, she currently studies how the brain changes with aging and disease.
Dr. Christoff interviews with Ubyssey about the benefits of daydreaming!