The past 20 years have witnessed a surge of scientific interest in a latent brain state in which our attention is disengaged from our immediate surroundings. This phenomenon has been tied to numerous labels, including mind wandering, internally-directed attention, spontaneous thoughts, task-unrelated thoughts among others. As scientists gradually unravel bits and pieces of this ubiquitous phenomenon, we recognize that a better understanding necessitates conceptual development, more refined terminology, and creative experimental designs.
This symposium brought together a group of experts to showcase their latest research on this topic.
The information about this symposium was originally posted on this website by Julia Kam, a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkley.