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!

One day Arthur James was bicycling home when he met a friend who stopped him and in the course of conversation remarked that James had got a new bicycle. 'Dear me,' said James, 'I must have taken the postmaster's by mistake.' He thereupon returned to the post office, some seven miles, leaned the bicycle against the wall, went inside, apologized to the postmaster, mounted the same bicycle, and rode home on it.

- 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.