What Causes Boredom?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Thoughts on Boredom, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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...

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Join the Conversation!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Thoughts on Boredom | 2 comments

Join the Conversation!

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

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What Is Boredom?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 in Thoughts on Boredom | 0 comments

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...

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Who Are We?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Featured | 0 comments

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...

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Participate in our research

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Featured | 1 comment

Participate in our research

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What happens when I’m bored?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Thoughts on Boredom | 0 comments

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...

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