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Ask the Expert Webinar: Finding the Balance between Mindfulness and Mind-Wandering

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Jonathan Schooler, joins us to discuss techniques such as mindfulness practice, which foster the regulation of mind-wandering. When it occurs at inopportune times, the costs of mind-wandering can be substantial, and represent a central underlying factor in cognitive performance. However, there appears to be significant potential benefits of mind-wandering for planning and creativity.

This webinar explores the costs and benefits of mind-wandering, and considers possible ways of enhancing the curious form of mind-wandering ("mind-wondering") that may be especially useful in addressing the fear and tedium associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Jonathan Schooler has been an author in over 200 scientific publications, and his work is frequently featured in major media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe, among many others. His work on creativity was recently featured on the BBC television show Horizon, and his work on free will on Through the Worm Hole with Morgan Freeman.

Online registration for this webinar will close on Tuesday, June 16.

Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Via webinar. Instructions on how to log in and access this presentation on a computer via the internet will be sent out in an email following registration, and 24 hours before the webinar start time.
Capacity: 500
Fee: Free


Please note: In the "Participant Information" section of this event registration form, you will be asked for your "Registration Type". The information collected here will provide a better understanding of the Parkinson's communities in which we serve, as well as improve our advocacy efforts on behalf of those living with Parkinson's disease. If you have any concerns with regard to the collection of this information, please contact us.

Important: If you will be watching this presentation with a partner or group, only one registration is required. Instructions on how to access the webinar will be sent in an email approximately 24 hours before the webinar's start time.

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