Dr Natacha Mendes

My field is Comparative Psychology.

My research expertise regarding non-human as well as human animals will be important for Hubbub’s research on the extent to which data and models regarding the mind and body/organism at rest are generalizable beyond humans. I will collaborate with Dr. Margulies and Dr. Smallwood in the ‘Experimenting with Rest’ and ‘Defining Rest’ work packages, by developing paradigm(s) to investigate whether: (i) creative mind wandering is present in one of our closest living relatives (great apes), and (ii) whether mind wandering is a recent cognitive ability in our evolutionary path. In sum, this collaboration will us to begin to reconstruct parts of the evolutionary history of human mind wandering capabilities. This research will be important in the Hubbub Hub’s interdisciplinary investigation of how rest is simultaneously a biological, psychological, social and cultural phenomenon.

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Natacha has contributed to Hubbub’s research as a member of the Max Planck Research Group for Neuroanatomy and Connectivity, based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. The group’s primary focus is investigating the anatomical organization of connections in the human brain and their functional implications.