Ep. 12: Your Mind on Boredom
Beth Fisher and Ava Ma de Sousa bring you a Minds Matter episode on a very exciting topic: boredom. We promise it's more interesting than it seems! Boredom has been linked to creativity and imagination, but also to depression and self-destructive behaviors. In this episode, we examine what boredom is, and whether we should lean into it or run from it.
Academic Articles & Books
Electric shocks when alone with your thoughts: Wilson, T. D. et al. Science 345, 75-77 (2014).
Destructive behaviours when bored: Havermans, R. C., Vancleef, L., Kalamatianos, A., & Nederkoorn, C. (2015). Eating and inflicting pain out of boredom. Appetite, 85, 52-57.
Boredom and meaning, social groups: van Tilburg, W. and Igou, E., 2011. On Boredom and Social Identity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(12), pp.1679-1691.
Lighter Reading & Other Resources
TEDTalk - Manoush Zomorodi: How Boredom Can Lead to Your Most Brilliant Ideas
Danckert, J., & Eastwood, J. D. (2020). Out of my skull: The psychology of Boredom. Harvard University Press
Participate in Dr. Erin Westgate’s COVID boredom study: https://www.erinwestgate.com/participate.html