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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.

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