And that's upending our understanding of consciousness. Our brains' true capacity and capabilities are almost as much of a mystery to us today as they ever were. However, scientists are slowly discovering more, such as the recent research into what’s known as cognitive flux. These discoveries are changing the ways that we think about consciousness. Thomas Nail, a professor of philosophy, explores how these studies about increased “spontaneous fluctuations” could help us to understand the relationship between our brain and our ability to regulate our emotions. Here, he argues that experimenting with the implications of flux “likely hold the key to a paradigm shift in theories of consciousness and mental health."