What is absentminded?

  • (adj): Lost in thought; showing preoccupation.
    Example: "An absentminded professer"
    Synonyms: absent, abstracted, scatty


Absent-mindedness is where a person shows inattentive or forgetful behaviour. It can have three different causes:

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... Absent-mindedness and its related topics are often measured in scales developed in studies to survey boredom and attention levels ... For instance, the Attention-Related Cognitive Errors Scale (ARCES) reflects errors in performance that result from attention lapses ...

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