Mind Wandering

 Our mind-wandering research can be roughly divided into five categories.

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Selected Publications


Jonathan Schooler

My lab’s research takes a “big picture” perspective in attempting to understand the nature of mental life, and in particular consciousness. Combining empirical, philosophical, and contemplative traditions, we address broad questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Michael Mrazek

Michael Mrazek, Ph.D. is the director of research at the University of California's Center for Mindfulness & Human Potential. His research identifies innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of mindfulness training, particularly in high schools. He also tests the limits of how much a person can improve through intensive evidence-based training programs that target health, mindfulness, and self-control. 

Claire Zedelius

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.  

Alissa Mrazek

 Alissa Mrazek, Ph.D. develops research-based interventions that enhance self-regulation—the ability to direct one's attention, thoughts, emotions, and behavior in line with one's personal goals. In addition to designing self-regulation interventions, she evaluates their efficacy and underlying mechanisms.  Her research extends across lab studies and intervention contexts with a key focus on examining the fidelity and efficacy of school-based interventions.

Madeleine Gross

Madeleine studies the psychological basis of creative idea generation and insight. Using eye tracking technology, she also investigates how inter-individual differences in eye movement behavior may relate to dopamine-related cognition and personality traits, such as curiosity, schizotypy, and creativity.

Megan Lee

Megan is a 2nd-year Biopsychology major assisting Claire Zedelius with her research on creativity and mind wandering. She is especially interested in meta-awareness and consciousness.

Andrea Martinez-Rodriguez

Andrea is a third-year Biopsychology major with a double minor in Applied Psychology and Philosophy. She is research assistant for Claire’s lab on creativity and mind wandering.

Harini Pathak

Harini is an undergraduate Biopsychology student currently assisting Claire Zedelius with research on mind wandering, curiosity, and creativity. Harini is interested in cognitive neuroscience research with a focus on meditation and creativity.  

Research Collaborators

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