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!

On May 6, 1984, the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the NBA Western Conference semifinals. With six seconds left and the score tied, Dallas rookie Derek Harper rebounded the ball. Unfortunately Harper thought his team had a one point lead and, despite the desperate cries of his teammates (and 20,000 Mavericks fans), he triumphantly dribbled out the clock without even taking a shot at the basket. The Lakers won in overtime (122-115) and took the series in the next game.

- Anecdotage.com

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.