What Causes Boredom?

What Causes Boredom?

Research into the causes of boredom is still in its infancy. At present, we know that certain personality characteristics—involving cognitive, emotional, and motivational factors—are associated with the tendency to experience boredom. In terms of cognitive factors, we know that individuals with chronic problems regulating and controlling attention—–the kind of problems seen in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)—are more likely to experience boredom. In terms of emotional factors, we know that individuals who have an impoverished imagination, a lack of life meaning or purpose, and problems understanding their emotions, are more prone to experience...

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“Could boredom by curable? Yes, if you pay attention” Join in on the Reddit debate    

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What Is Boredom?

What Is Boredom?

What is Boredom? Boredom is the unfulfilled desire for satisfying activity. It’s an unpleasant state that involves difficulty focusing our attention, a sense that time is passing slowly, and feeling tired and lethargic or irritable and restless. Boredom occurs when we can’t become engaged with our inner thoughts or the external world: we are disconnected. Given thatattention is the cognitive mechanism that controls the focus of our engagement, it could be said that boredom involves a failure of attention. The explanations we give as to why we’re disconnected are also important. For example, when bored we might explain our predicament by blaming the external world...

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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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