"From mind wandering to perseverative cognition: psychophysiological signatures and health consequences"

Cristina Ottaviani, PhD

Department of Psychology;
Sapienza University of Rom;
Italy Santa Lucia Foundation;
Rome, Italy 

The ability to adaptively let our mind wander without ruminating or worrying is critical to mental health. Data will be presented highlighting the costs and benefits of mind wandering from a behavioral, subjective, and neurobiological perspective both in the lab and naturalistically. Longitudinal data on the long-term outcomes of mind wandering will be also shown, suggesting an association between a decrease in cognitive flexibility and a more marked presence of established health risk factors (e.g., autonomic rigidity).

April 9, 2014 12-1pm
Marisa Leif Conference Room
300 Medical Plaza, 3rd floor 

Event detail
9 Apr 2014 - 12:00 - 13:00
Host/Organizer: 
Marina Samaltanos
Phone: (310)825-8281