News archive - 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Want to prevent boredom this summer? First, you need to understand it

Bored person

Your elation about being unshackled from work has worn off. It’s too darn hot out to do anything. The kids are bugging you to keep them occupied. Even the dog seems listless. Welcome to the summer doldrums.

With a wide-open calendar and no pressing tasks to complete, you may find yourself feeling a little lethargic. But are you bored?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Studies on boredom address a yawning gap in research

bored woman on park bench

Long ignored by scientists, feeling is linked to anxiety, depression, binge eating

Kate Allen, Science & Technology Reporter

The research subjects are asked to watch a video of two men hanging laundry. Or another on how to make concrete. They might be asked to transcribe the references from an academic article, or take a phone book and cross out every letter “a.”

In all cases, the experiment is seemingly simple: to induce boredom.

“You just want to poke your eyes out,” says John Eastwood, a professor of psychology at York University.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Trouble with Bored Brains

bored woman

People who suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) are prone to boredom. This may sound like something to yawn over, but those who experience significant boredom are more likely to show aggressive behaviour and have lower self-control, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Why boredom is anything but boring

yawning boy

In 1990, when James Danckert was 18, his older brother Paul crashed his car into a tree. He was pulled from the wreckage with multiple injuries, including head trauma.

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