Frederik Tollerup Junker

Frederik Tollerup Junker

PhD fellow

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    Current research

    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

    • Mind-wandering
    • Episodic thought (memory; imagination)
    • Attention

    Philosophy of action

    • Planning agency
    • Practical reason
    • Intentions
    • Guidance
    • Mental action

    Cognitive science

    • Executive control
    • Motivation
    • 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!

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