Who Are We?

Who Are We?

Our lab – the Boredom Lab – is located in the department of Psychology at York University, and is led by Dr. John Eastwood. We seek to better understand different aspects of boredom by using a range of psychological research methodologies, with a focus on examining boredom using cognitive and clinical psychology lenses. We aim to address real-world issues related to boredom and to discuss our findings with academics, students, and anyone who is interested in boredom. We would like to hear from you. What questions do you have about boredom that would make interesting and relevant research topics?   What Is Our Lab Like? Our lab also trains the next...

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Participate in our research

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What happens when I’m bored?

What happens when I’m bored?

Boredom has been associated with a wide range of psychological and social problems, including problem gambling, drug and alcohol addiction, disordered eating, anger, aggression, depression, anxiety, health problems, work place errors, and lost productivity. Boredom has even been associated with suicide and death. But is boredom really the cause of these problems, or does it simply accompany them? Our understanding of exactly how boredom relates to these serious issues has been limited by a lack of high quality research. However, based on the best available psychological studies, there is some evidence that being bored can lead to the following consequences: Poor...

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