Investigating the role of mind wandering in computer-supported collaborative work: A proposal for an EEG study

Michael Klesel*, Frederike M. Oschinsky, René Riedl, Gernot R. Müller-Putz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Mind wandering is a mental activity that allows us to easefully escape from current situations and tasks. Being the opposite of goal-directed thinking, existing research suggests that mind wandering is an important antecedent of creativity and innovation behavior. Moreover, there is initial evidence that technology characteristics may influence mind wandering. Despite a growing academic interest in mind wandering, there is only limited research that provides insights into the relationship between technology characteristics and mind wandering. We seek to address this research gap by proposing a research model that investigates whether technology supported collaborative work has an impact on the degree of mind wandering. In this research-in-progress paper, we describe the use of self-report measures and neurophysiological measures (specifically, Electroencephalography, EEG) to study mind wandering in an Information Systems research context. Ultimately, our research seeks to inform design science research in order to enhance creativity and innovation behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems and Neuroscience - NeuroIS Retreat 2019
EditorsFred D. Davis, René Riedl, René Riedl, Jan vom Brocke, Pierre-Majorique Léger, Adriane Randolph, Thomas Fischer
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030281434
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems and Neuroscience 2019 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 4 Jun 20196 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
ISSN (Print)2195-4968
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4976


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems and Neuroscience 2019
Abbreviated titleNeuroIS Retreat 2019


  • Collaborative systems
  • Creativity
  • Distraction
  • EEG
  • Experimental research
  • Mind wandering
  • Technology use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Fields of Expertise

  • Human- & Biotechnology

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