Mind Wandering and Analytics
Join us on Monday, September 25 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Hatcher Gallery of the Hatcher Graduate Library for AIM Analytics.
AIM Analytics was created to bridge the gaps in the support of UM learning analytics researchers with respect to the building of technical skills, sharing knowledge of educational datasets, and facilitating collaborative investigations.
Mind wandering – defined as off-task thought – is a central to the human experience and occupies up to 50% of our waking thought. When our minds wander, we risk missing critical information to build or strengthen our current mental model of a concept. This may be particularly problematic from an educational perspective, since course material is often designed on to build across learning sessions. In this talk, I will shed some light on the impact of mind wandering by discussing my research on its frequency and potential consequences during a variety of computerized learning contexts. I will also discuss promising efforts to detect and respond to mind wandering in real-time to mitigate the negative impact of mind wandering on comprehension.
Caitlin Mills is a postdoctoral fellow in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Lab at the University of British Columbia. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame under the advisement of Dr. Sidney D’Mello. Her research interests are at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and education. Specific projects include investigating engagement and mind wandering in educational contexts, such as during complex learning and reading.
Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP below.