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The neural basis of ongoing thought

Talk by Jonathan Smallwood, University of York

2019.01.29 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 07 May
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312



Human experience is rich and varied and contemporary cognitive neuroscience has focused on the need to understand the neural processes that support the pattern of on-going thoughts that occupy our daily lives. This talk will review a series of studies that combine population level neuroscience, with momentary experience sampling, to explore how the brain prioritises and supports different patterns of experience. These studies show that while initial work emphasised the role of the default mode network in introspective states, neural systems involved in executive control and attention also play an important role. Together this work highlights the need to account for both the content and the context in which on-going thought emerges as important in understanding the neural processes that give rise to human experience.

About the speaker

Professor Jonathan Smallwood, Department of Psychology, University of York