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 Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was dismayed to find that an important volume had gone missing from his library. In a fit, he interrogated his secretary, butler, and servants before heading off to the Supreme Court. His wife, Fanny, simply held her tongue.
When he returned home, he amused to find the book in its place on the shelf, and above it a neatly printed sign, courtesy of Fanny:
"I am a very old man. I have had many troubles, most of which never happened."
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.