Suppose I am doing the laundry while simultaneously taking out the trash, so am carrying a bag of dirty clothes in one hand and a bag of rubbish in the other. I might be on autopilot where I lift up the lid of the garbage bin, throw my laundry into it and turn to walk away before then realising what I have done: thrown the wrong bag one into the bin i.e. “right idea, wrong object”.
I know that it’s some sort of inattention effect that is studied in cognitive psychology, but can somebody tell me what the correct name for this phenomenon is?
Dual-task interference is closer to the concept I’m looking for