Measuring the Impact of Mind Wandering in Real Time Using an Auditory Evoked Potential

  • Colin ConradEmail author
  • Aaron Newman
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation book series (LNISO, volume 29)


In this research-in-progress paper, we propose an experiment to investigate the neurophysiological correlates of mind wandering using electroencephalography (EEG). Auditory oddball event related potentials have been observed to be sensitive to the mind wandering state and can be used as a real-time passive measure. This has advantages over standard survey techniques because it is an objective, non-disruptive real time measure. We describe an experiment to observe the neurophysiological correlates of mind wandering in online learning environments using an auditory oddball. In doing so, we introduce a new experimental paradigm to the IS literature which could be used to extend other attention-related research.


Auditory oddball Mind wandering Online learning EEG 



This research is supported by the Killam and NSERC Doctoral scholarships to Colin Conrad, and an NSERC Discovery Grant to Aaron Newman. We also thank the participants of the 2017 NeuroIS training course for their feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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