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Why Our Minds Wander: Understand the Science and Learn How to Focus Your Thoughts

December 15, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (PST)

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In this ConnectIONS Live Webinar, we’ll hear from IONS Scientist Arnaud Delorme, PhD, whose research on how and why our brains focus, is outlined in his new book Why Our Minds Wander: Understand the Science and Learn How to Focus Your Thoughts. We’ve all had the experience of losing focus on one thing and realizing we’re daydreaming, or that our minds have wandered to focus on something else entirely. Why does this happen?

We see the world through the lens of our attention, so why do we sometimes have such little control over that lens? How does our brain decide to focus on one thing over another and why, from an evolutionary standpoint, does this help us survive? We’ll hear more about this in the conversation as Arnaud discusses new research that demonstrates daydreaming is not a single state of mind, but rather has very different states governed by different neurological pathways.

Join us as we ask Arnaud about the science and theory behind why we daydream, examining its potential purpose and learning how to tame our ‘monkey minds’ with techniques to help us hone our attention, improve our mood and foster a greater creative capacity.

Why Our Minds Wander: Understand the Science and Learn How to Focus Your Thoughts
Friday, December 15th
11:00am – 12:00pm PST


All registrants will receive a link to the recording. Please register even if you can’t attend live.

Why Our Minds Wander is available December 19th. Pre-order today


Arnaud Delorme, PhD

Arnaud Delorme, PhD, has been studying human consciousness for the last 20 years. He is a scientist at IONS, a CNRS Research Director in Toulouse, France, and a senior Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego. In 2000, Dr. Delorme completed his PhD thesis on visual categorization in humans, monkeys, and machines. Dr. Delorme then moved to the Salk Institute for a postdoc in Terry Sejnowski and Francis Crick’s laboratory where he focused on statistical analysis of electroencephalographic (EEG) signals recorded during various cognitive tasks. He developed the free EEGLAB software for advanced analysis of EEG signals in collaboration with Scott Makeig, software which is now amongst the most used in EEG research worldwide. He was also awarded a Brettencourt-Schueller young investigator award and a 10-year anniversary ANT young investigator award for his contributions to the field of EEG research. He is a long-time Zen meditator, recipient of several research prizes and the author of some 160+ peer-reviewed publications.

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