On How Mind Wandering Facilitates Creative Incubation While Using Information Technology: A Research Agenda for Robust Triangulation

Frederike M. Oschinsky, Björn Niehaves, René Riedl, Michael Klesel, Wriessnegger Selina C, Gernot R. Müller-Putz

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Our minds tend to frequently drift away from present technology-related situations and tasks. Against this background, we seek to provide a better understanding of mind-wandering episodes while using information technology and its link to decisive variables of Information Systems research, such as performance, creativity and flow. Since the academic literature still lacks reliable and validated measurements that can fully account for all facets of mind-wandering episodes while using information technology, our work addresses this gap by presenting a way to triangulate data in the context of a digital insight problem-solving task. This new approach enables researchers to further investigate the effects of spontaneous thought in technology-related settings and is a promising building block for the development of neuroadaptive systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems and Neuroscience: NeuroIS Retreat 2021
EditorsFred D. Davis, René Riedl, Jan vom Brocke, Pierre-Majorique Léger, Adriane B. Randolph, Gernot Müller-Putz
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-88900-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-88899-2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2021
EventNeuroIS Retreat 2021 : Virtual Conference - Online, Online
Duration: 1 Jun 20213 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
Volume52 LNISO
ISSN (Print)2195-4968
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4976


ConferenceNeuroIS Retreat 2021
Abbreviated titleNeuroIS
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  • Behavioral markers
  • Creative incubation
  • Experience sampling
  • Insight
  • Mind wandering
  • Neuroimaging
  • Technology use
  • Triangulation

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