Detecting Mind Wandering Episodes in Virtual Realities Using Eye Tracking

Michael Klesel, Michael Schlechtinger*, Frederike Marie Oschinsky, Colin Conrad, Bjoern Niehaves

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Virtual Reality (VR) allows users to experience their environment differently and more immersively than traditional information systems (IS). Therefore, it is important to also study cognitive processes in VR settings. In this proposal, we focus on the concept of mind wandering, which is an emerging concept in IS research that can be studied using neurological measures such as eye tracking. Current literature suggests that mind wandering is a complex concept with different dimensions, namely deliberate and spontaneous mind wandering. While previous literature has provided initial evidence on the feasibility of eye tracking to approximate mind wandering, this study seeks to investigate how well eye tracking performs when it comes to a more nuanced perspective on mind wandering applied in an VR setting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems and Neuroscience - NeuroIS Retreat 2020
EditorsFred D. Davis, René Riedl, Jan vom Brocke, Pierre-Majorique Léger, Adriane B. Randolph, Thomas Fischer
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-60073-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-60072-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventNeuroIS Retreat 2020 - Virtual Event, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2 Jun 20204 Jun 2020

Publication series

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


ConferenceNeuroIS Retreat 2020


  • Deliberate
  • Eye tracking
  • Mind wandering
  • Spontaneous
  • Virtual reality
  • 22/2 OA procedure


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