Mind Wandering

Mind Wandering Detection

Remote video-based learning offers vast opportunities but comes with its own set of challenges, notably mind wandering. Defined as thoughts unrelated to the task, mind wandering has a proven negative impact on learning outcomes. Our project introduces a novel tool to support learners: a web player equipped with video-based mind wandering detection, utilizing only a webcam.

Target Group



This project represents a bridge between technology and cognitive science, offering a practical solution to a common problem in remote learning environments. By understanding when and how learners’ mind wanders, we can create more engaging and effective educational experiences.


Our mission is to support learners’ self-regulation during remote video learning. We employ this tool to investigate the effectiveness of various interventions designed to help learners refocus, with the ultimate aim of improving learning outcomes.

Project Outline

In this project, we are developing an attention-aware video player designed to support students’ self-regulation while watching educational videos. The system utilizes machine learning models to detect moments when a learner’s focus deviates from the educational content. Based on this automated detection we will develop various interventions to test their effectiveness in reducing mind wandering and enhancing the learning success of students.
Principle Investigator

Prof. Dr. PI: Enkelejda Kasneci


Babette Bühler, babette.buehler@uni-tuebingen.de

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