Projects on Boredom
The Boredom Lab is a team of curious, engaged, collaborative researchers led by Dr. John Eastwood. We are located in the department of Psychology at York University. The Boredom Lab is dedicated to deepening our understanding of boredom. We draw comprehensively from a range of psychological research methodologies, including social, cognitive, and clinical perspectives.
The Boring Conference is a one-day celebration of the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked; subjects often considered trivial and pointless, but when examined more closely reveal themselves to be deeply fascinating.
The Eden Alternative® is an international, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may live. Together, care partner teams strive to enhance well-being by eliminating the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.
The Ibero-American Society for Pessimism Studies (SIEP) aims to support and promote specialized research on pessimism. With the foundation of this society it is intended to spread, in Latin America, the philosophical current called pessimism. Similarly, we try to establish contact with the various associations, societies and groups dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of pessimism.
The SOCOUL Lab at the Department of Psychology in the University of Limerick takes a social cognitive perspective on addressing emotions, the self, political cognition, decision making, and person perception. It consists of a combination of undergraduate students, PhD-students, lecturers. Research of the SOCOUL Lab is dedicated to social psychology, primarily rooted in social cognition, and it branches into other subdisciplines of psychology and neighbouring fields such as neuroscience, linguistics, sociology, and philosophy.
We study boredom in a wide range of ways. We use behavioural tasks like foraging that pit exploration against exploitation, sustained attention tasks that are by design monotonous and dull, and executive control tasks that tap into the capacity for self-control.