Claire has a background in social psychology, with a strong focus on social cognition. She graduated cum laude from the Research Master’s program at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and obtained her PhD from Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Claire’s dissertation research investigated the role of conscious awareness in human reward pursuit. Keeping with this interest in consciousness but taking a different approach to it, Claire’s current research revolves around different aspects of mind wandering.
One line of Claire's research focuses on the role meta-awareness plays in the dynamic changes between states of mind wandering and focused attention. Another line examines the relationship between mind wandering, creativity and curiosity.