The Unengaged Mind: Defining Boredom in Terms of Attention.

  title={The Unengaged Mind: Defining Boredom in Terms of Attention.},
  author={John E D Eastwood and Alexandra Frischen and Mark J. Fenske and Daniel Smilek},
  journal={Perspectives on psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science},
  volume={7 5},
Our central goal is to provide a definition of boredom in terms of the underlying mental processes that occur during an instance of boredom. Through the synthesis of psychodynamic, existential, arousal, and cognitive theories of boredom, we argue that boredom is universally conceptualized as "the aversive experience of wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity." We propose to map this conceptualization onto underlying mental processes. Specifically, we propose that boredom be… CONTINUE READING
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