Frederik Tollerup Junker
Karen Blixens Plads 8, 2300 KÃÂ¸benhavn S
Studies show that we spend up to half of our waking hours mind-wandering and that it affects both our mood and cognitive performance. But although this phenomenon occupies a central place in our mental lives, much is still unknown about its nature and functions.
There is growing evidence that rather than being a mere failure to control our thoughts, mind-wandering can be a strategy with important functions in mental life. Yet the functions of mind-wandering remain to be fully appreciated and explained. In my project, I will develop novel accounts of the roles mind-wandering seems to play in planning, reasoning, and creative thinking and argue that mind-wandering is a more purposeful activity than previously thought.
Primary fields of research
Philosophy of mind
- Episodic thought (memory; imagination)
Philosophy of action
- Planning agency
- Practical reason
- Mental action
- Executive control
- Computational frameworks (Predictive Processing; Reinforcement learning)
- Bounded rationality
- Mental time travel
Beyond the research related to my PhD project, I also have interests in the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, including the ethics of AI.
If you have similar interests or questions related to my research, feel free to reach out!