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Michael Corballis

What is the brain doing when we are not looking?

Internationally renowned psychologist Michael Corballis looks not at mindfulness and cognition, but rather at our minds just goofing off. In the middle of meetings and conversations, our brains often switch into default-mode and go wandering. Dreams, religion, fiction, fantasy – are they all part of this other network that kicks in when we stop paying attention?

Professor Corballis is a media commentator and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Auckland where he has taught since 1978.