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 different types of 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.

Anusha Garg

I study the mechanisms and content of mind wandering. In the past, I’ve worked on assessing the content of the spontaneous stream of consciousness. I’m currently investigating the differences between the quality of thoughts obtained during think aloud and silent mind wandering protocols. 

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.

Victoria Galvan

Majoring in Psychological and Brain Sciences, Victoria is currently assisting Madeleine Gross with her research on how creativity and curiosity are generated and further explored. She is also collaborating with Elliot Ihm and Anne Taves among others on the Inventory Project. She is especially interested in the adaptive nature of human perceptions and how those guide behavior as well as investigating how subjective experiences stem from objective neural processes.

Jinny Kim

My name is Jinny Kim, and I am a 3rd year Biopsychology major and Applied Psychology minor. I am assisting James Elliott regarding fluctuations of experience and EEG during meditation. My specific interests are dream analysis and psychotherapy for criminals.

Megan Lee

Megan Lee

Megan is a fourth-year Biopsychology major assisting Claire Zedelius in research studies on curiosity, creativity and mind-wandering. Her interests include consciousness, mindfulness and epigenetics. 

Research Collaborators

York University