Oops! is a web site dedicated to discovering the absent and wandering mind and some of its consequences.

In this site we provide examples, often entertaining, of mind-wandering and its consequences, some essays on inattention, and an opportunity to contribute to our understanding of the causes and consequences of mind-wandering.

The Daily Oops!

I went to class one morning and, once I arrived, was surprised to find the class full of people I didn't recognize. I looked in the neighbouring classrooms, but could not find my professor or fellow classmates. I asked what class was being held in that room today and was told it was a math class; I was looking for a history class. Confused, I left to return home. On the way back I met one of my classmates, who informed me that today was, in fact, Thursday; we only have History on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

- Student at UW

How can you contribute to Oops!?

We have a number of questionnaires and behavioral assessments of attention and its failures, as well as a number of related measures. You can help us by participating in our research.