From villain to virtuoso: exploring the role of spontaneous thought in Science and Society

Peter Wall Institute International Research Roundtable
June 22 - 24, 2018

The goal of the Roundtable is to galvanize top scholars from multiple disciplines (psychology, philosophy, cognitive neuroscience) in order to inspire discussion about the nature of spontaneity. Day 1 of the Roundtable will focus on the conditions and consequences of spontaneity. We will discuss how spontaneity relates to trust and the potential bi-directionality of this relationship. Day 2 will focus on effortlessness and virtue ethics in relation to spontaneity. We will focus on questions such as can a spontaneous thought or action be virtuous or valuable? Both days will explore clinical and educational applications related to the key topics of discussion.


Dr. Kalina Christoff, Dept. of Psychology UBC