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!
William Bowles' daily ride took him along a road which passed through a turnpike gate at which he was required to pay a tuppence toll for the passage of his horse.
One day, the notoriously absentminded Bowles passed through the gate on foot. When he offered his usual tuppence toll, the confused gatekeeper asked what it was for. "For my horse, of course." "But, Sir, you have no horse," the gatekeeper replied. "Oh," Bowles exclaimed, "am I walking!?"
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.