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From Mind-Wandering to Mindfulness: The Role of Attention and Awareness

Date and Time

March 5–6, 2019
From Mind-Wandering to Mindfulness: The Role of Attention and Awareness

The Porter Neuroscience Research Center
Building 35A. Conference Room GE620/630
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892

Sponsored by: NIMH Lab of Brain and Cognition

The human mind can at one moment wander miles away, and at the next, be acutely conscious of the present. At one moment, the mind can be intensely aware of its surroundings, while at another look deep within. This continual see-saw between external and internal events affects how we feel, how we make decisions, how we interact with others, how we learn, etc., and is supported by two tightly linked cognitive functions – attention and awareness. This comprehensive symposium incorporates multiple viewpoints and experimental procedures to highlight the interaction between attention and awareness, from mind-wandering to mindfulness.

More Information: For program questions, please contact the conference organizers: Marine Vernet, Ph.D. ( and Shruti Japee, Ph.D. (