Attention Lapses and Absent-Mindedness in Everyday Life You are invited to participate in a study of attention lapses being conducted by Jonathan Carriere as part of his research under the supervision of Dr. Al Cheyne and Dr. Dan Smilek of the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. What are attention lapses? They are difficult to define precisely but easily recognized by everyone and are often referred to as absent mindedness. Most people have experienced “lost” periods of time while driving, as when we realize that we have been driving without being explicitly aware of it. Sometimes we miss signposts because of our inattention. We forget why we went into a room. We fail to finish tasks because we get distracted. We open the fridge and have no idea what we are looking for. The examples could be multiplied. Such lapses are most often harmless or merely inconvenient, but occasionally they can have serious consequences including automobile, airline and industrial accidents, and even nuclear accidents. In principle, harmless everyday lapses are not different from those that have serious consequences. Hence, it is important to understand the causes and occasions for lapses more generally. There is some evidence that some, but by no means all, people with sleep related problems may be especially susceptible to such lapses. We will very much appreciate your contributions if you should decide to participate in this study. In total, it will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the study. If you decide to volunteer, you will be asked to complete four questionnaires related to attention lapses and sleepiness, then a simple measure of how people pay attention. You may decline to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer and you can withdraw your participation at any time. All information you provide through the web-questionnaires will be confidential, contain no personal identifiers, and used only for research purposes. If you begin entering responses to a questionnaire on the Web and then choose not to complete the questionnaire, the information that you have already entered will not be transmitted to us. There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this study. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project please contact Dr. Cheyne (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Smilek (email@example.com) of the Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo. The data collected from this study will be accessed only by the researchers named above and will be maintained on a password-protected computer in a restricted access area of the university. As well, the data will be electronically archived after completion of the study and maintained for five years after the research study has been completed and any submissions to journals have been completed. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the University of Waterloo Office of Research Ethics. However, the final decision about participation is yours. If you have any comments or concerns resulting from your participation in this study, please feel free to contact Dr. Susan Sykes, Director, Office of Research Ethics, at (519) 888-4567 ext. 36005 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following the questionnaires will be a simple measure of how people pay attention, which requires the Adobe Flash Player plugin for your browser. If you are willing to participate in this research please ensure you see an animation indicating Adobe Flash Player is installed below and then click the button to begin filling out the questionnaires. If Flash is not installed, you can get it here and then begin the study once it has been installed.