How Can You Avoid Boredom? (NSQ Ep. 77)

December 12, 2021 @ 5:00am


Also: are we getting any better at assessing COVID risk?

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Relevant Research & References

Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:


Erin Westgate, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Florida.
Chris Hulleman, professor of education, psychology, and public policy at the University of Virginia.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (deceased), professor of psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University.
Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic volleyball and beach volleyball player.
Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard University.
Barbra Mellers, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
George Loewenstein, professor of economics and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.
Elke Weber, professor of psychology at Princeton University.
Peter Sandman, risk communication expert.


“Children and COVID-19: State-Level Data Report,” by the American Academy of Pediatrics (2021).
“Differences of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation,” by Kendra Cherry (Verywell Mind, 2020).
“Why Boredom Is Interesting,” by Erin C. Westgate (Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2019).
“Making Connections: Replicating and Extending the Utility Value Intervention in the Classroom,” by Chris S. Hulleman, Jeff J. Kosovich, Kenneth E. Barron, and David B. Daniel (Journal of Educational Psychology, 2017).
“Orchestral Performance and the Footprint of Mindfulness,” by Ellen Langer, Timothy Russel, and Noah Eisenkraft (Psychology of Music, 2009).
“Positive Emotions,” by Barbara L. Fredrickson and Michael A. Cohn (Handbook of Emotions, 2008).
“Risk as Feelings,” by George F. Loewenstein, Elke U. Weber, Christopher K. Hsee, and Ned Welch (Psychological Bulletin, 2001).
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990).


Tags: Angela Duckworth, boredom, Rebecca Lee Douglas, risk, Stephen Dubner

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