I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia's Corcoran Department of Philosophy, where I work in the philosophy of cognitive science. My recent work has helped to develop a nascent topic of study: the philosophy of mind-wandering. My philosophical work defends a new theory of mind-wandering as unguided attention and uses this theory as a lens on traditional philosophical topics including mental action and conscious attention. Building on this philosophical theory, I have worked with cognitive neuroscientists to develop a neural model of mind-wandering. I have also tested the empirical predictions of that model with methods from …

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