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Biography

My research focuses on spontaneous thoughts and experiences that are decoupled to varying degrees from ongoing tasks and environmental demands. In these states, behavioural responsiveness is reduced, attention is directed inward, and executive control is compromised, giving way to spontaneous and often associative trains of thought and imagery.

Spontaneous experiences are the predominant mode of consciousness during sleep, including dreams. They also abound in wakefulness in the form of mind wandering. I seek to understand the range of spontaneous conscious processes, including similarities and differences across sleep-wake states. I also seek to understand the waxing and waning of consciousness in sleep.

I use the analysis of spontaneous conscious processes to address foundational questions about the concepts of consciousness, wakefulness, and sleep including sleep stages; I also think it can help identify the minimal conditions for consciousness and self-experience. I am also interested in how spontaneous experience relates to cognitive agency and mental autonomy.

I address these issues through theoretical-conceptual work and collaborative interdisciplinary research that I conduct with collaborators at Monash and abroad. In my book Dreaming (MIT, 2015) I propose an empirically informed framework for dream experience. My current research on spontaneous experience in waking and sleep is funded by an ARC DECRA.

I aim to promote high-quality open access publications. With Thomas Metzinger, I edited Open MIND  (also published by MIT in 2016). With Sascha Fink (Magdeburg) and Wanja Wiese (Mainz), I recently founded the journal Philosophy and the Mind Sciences. It is open access and free of charge for authors and readers.

Research area keywords

  • sleep
  • dreaming
  • mind wandering
  • self-consciousness
  • spontaneous thought

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Projects 2017 2021

Research Output 2010 2019

Open Access
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Consciousness and dreams: from self-simulation to the simulation of a social world

Windt, J. M., 2018, The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness. Gennaro, R. J. (ed.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 420-435 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Précis of Dreaming: A Conceptual Framework for Philosophy of Mind and Empirical Research: Book Symposium on Dreaming

Windt, J. M., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Consciousness Studies. 25, 5-6, p. 1-24 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Predictive brains, dreaming selves, sleeping bodies: how the analysis of dream movement can inform a theory of self- and world-simulation in dreams

Windt, J. M., Jun 2018, In : Synthese. 195, 6, p. 2577-2625 49 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Replies to commentators: Book Symposium on Dreaming

Windt, J. M., 2018, In : Journal of Consciousness Studies. 25, 5-6, p. 1 40 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Prizes

Barbara Wengeler Prize 2012

Jennifer Windt (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2018

  • 15 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Experience of Ownership Workshop at the University of Adelaide

Jennifer Windt (Invited speaker)
2018

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Recent Work on Imagination at ANU in Canberra

Jennifer Windt (Invited speaker)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

First meeting of the Asia-Pacific Consciousness Research Network (CoRN) at NYMU Taipei

Jennifer Windt (Invited speaker)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

2017 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle

Jennifer Windt (Invited speaker)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Predictive Engines Conference at Macquarie University

Jennifer Windt (Keynote/plenary speaker)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference