Self-generated thinking is what we use to evaluate past experiences in order to plan for the future. It allows a self to escape the here and now, an ability that would seem to matter a great deal for self-control. But:
Which are the specific mechanisms that support self-generated thinking?
- Under what conditions do self-generated thoughts interfere with an individual’s pursuit of their goals?
The main aim of this project - led by Dr Tillman Vierkant (Philosophy, Edinburgh), Dr Julian Kiverstein (Neurophilosophy, Amsterdam) and Dr Jonathan Smallwood (Psychology, York) - is to address each of these questions, and so determine the mechanisms and boundary conditions through which self-generated thinking leads to better self-control.