The New Neuroscience of the Wandering Mind | How To Academy

Thu, 17 February 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

The New Neuroscience of the Wandering Mind

Moshe Bar, former Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Harvard Medical School

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Why do our minds wander? When and why can it be good for you? Ruminating doesn’t always lead to anxiety and depression – in fact in plays a vital role in problem solving and happiness.

Research has revealed that our brains are inherently noisy. Certain regions are always grinding away at involuntary activities like daydreaming, worrying about the future, and self-chatter. This is mindwandering.

Daydreaming and ruminating can tug your attention away from the present and contribute to anxiety and depression. However, in this livestream event, internationally renowned neuroscientist Moshe Bar will present revelatory and exciting new research that highlights how mindwandering actually plays a vital role in solving problems and inducing happiness.

Bringing this ground-breaking research to the forefront, Bar will argue that we can become aware of where our minds wander, directing them to stimulate creativity, increase focus and boost our mood. He will investigate these benefits and provide the tools and understanding to help harness our wandering minds in order to boost our creativity as well as our moods.

Don’t miss this multifaceted exploration of the phenomenon of the wandering mind. Along the way, we learn why we should meditate, how to profit from imagined experiences and how we can make the most of our limited mental resources.

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Moshe Bar

Cognitive Neuroscientist

Moshe Bar is the former Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Harvard Medical School and an internationally renowned cognitive neuroscientist. His novel research has made revolutionary contributions to our understanding of perception, cognition and issues in psychiatry. He has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Moshe Bar currently lives in Israel where he heads the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University.

Robin Ince

Comedian and co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage.

Robin Ince is the co-presenter of Radio 4’s multiple award winning The Infinite Monkey Cage. He spent 2019 appearing across the world in the Universal tour with Brian Cox – travelling from LA to Oslo, Wellington to Aberdeen and ending up in Reykjavik after shows at the O2 and Wembley Arena. Robin co-wrote How to Build a Universe (part 1) with Brian Cox and authored other works including The Importance of Being Interested – Adventures in Scientific Curiosity, and his most recent book, Bibliomaniac: An Obsessive’s Tour of the Bookshops of Britain.