“I’m Bored!” The psychology behind summer boredom


 York U boredom expert available to talk about why some are afraid to be bored 

TORONTO, July 8, 2019 – York University Professor John Eastwood spends time in his lab boring people. While some parents fear boredom during summer months, Eastwood immerses himself in it. He studies why some people are more prone to boredom and what happens in the brain when we’re feeling bored.

In his Boredom Lab at York University’s Faculty of Health, Eastwood looks at what causes boredom and its impact on behaviour and health.

John Eastwood is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of clinical psychology at York University. Eastwood’s research looks at how emotion and attention processes interact and how a person’s emotional state impacts attention processes – with a focus on boredom.

He is available to speak about:

  • What causes boredom?
  • Why are some people more prone to boredom?
  • Is there a difference between men and women?
  • What may be going on in your child’s mind when he or she is bored
  • What parents can do to reduce boredom
  • How to respond when boredom strikes
  • Why boredom may not always inspire creativity
  • How boredom can play a role in problem behaviour and mental health

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Media Contact:  Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 44543 anayyar@yorku.ca