Absent-mindedness is the condition of occasional forgetfulness that we all experience. This can take the form of accidentally putting something away in the wrong place (like putting tape in the refrigerator or putting the milk away in a cabinet) while thinking about something else.

Another example could be not paying attention while putting things away and then having no recollection of where those things were placed. Although general absent-mindedness is an inevitable part of the human experience (we all experience it!) if it becomes a chronic problem or starts increasing in incidence it could be a signifier of a memory problem or condition such as Alzheimer's, dementia, or encoding failure.

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