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New Type Of Boredom
2013-11-19 11:06:54

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We’ve all been there. A long car ride through the corn fields of Nebraska. A work party where you search for conversation that doesn’t center around the single mundane task you share for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. A two-hour zig-zagging line to board a 4-minute roller coaster ride. Boredom, we learned in 2006, comes in many nuanced forms, the style of one distinctly different from another. Now, thanks to a collaborative...

Boredom Affects Animals Too
2012-11-15 13:02:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the University of Guelph has been investigating the boredom of captive animals. Their findings, published in PLOS ONE, are the first to empirically demonstrate boredom in confined animals. The team hopes to encourage the development of more suitable housing systems for captive animals. "Ideas about how to assess animal boredom scientifically have been raised before, but this is really the first time that anyone's...

Distractions Could Help Military Drone Operators Fight Boredom
2012-11-14 16:52:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Military drone pilots might find their job more interesting if they have some type of distraction, according to a new study. MIT researchers found that operators working with UAV simulations were less bored, and performed better, when they were just a little bit distracted. While pilots could find a bit of a rush flying around a drone, sometimes they have to spend their time watching and waiting, while the automated...

2012-10-01 10:15:35

This gives new meaning to the complaint “I´m bored” – literally. Canadian researchers – including a professor from the University of Guelph – have come up with a new, precise definition of boredom based on the mental processes that underlie the condition. Although many people may see boredom as trivial and temporary, it actually is linked to a range of psychological, social and health problems, says Guelph psychology professor Mark Fenske. He´s...

Is Your Male Coworker Being Flirty?  He Must Be Bored
2012-04-24 05:59:16

Psychologists from Surrey University say that men who are flirting with a female while at work do so out of boredom, according to a report by The Telegraph. The researchers surveyed 200 people and found that men who were more flirty had lower levels of job satisfaction, which suggests their lethargic attitude at work leads to flirtatious behavior. They also found that the men who were flirty in the workplace had lower levels of "emotional intelligence," or understanding of other...

Educational Program Responds To Student Emotions
2012-03-05 13:17:16

American researchers say they´ve developed educational software capable of sensing and responding to the emotional state of its pupils. The project was spearheaded by Sidney D´Mello, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, who assembled a team of fellow researchers from the University of Memphis and MIT. The group says that their pedagogical software, which they´ve dubbed AutoTutor and Affective AutoTutor, is able to assess not only what its...

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2010-02-07 14:15:00

According to new scientific research, boredom could actually kill you. Researchers say that people who complain of boredom are more likely to die at younger ages, and those who experience excessive moments of monotony are more than two-and-a-half times as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as those who satisfy their brain and body on a regular basis. The study was conducted on more than 7,000 civil servants over a 25 year period. Those who actively complained of boredom were nearly...

2009-04-17 21:57:41

A team of U.S. researchers has concluded that problems don't hurt a marriage, but dullness -- being in a rut -- does. Irene Tsapelas and Arthur Aron of Stony Brook University and University of Michigan researcher Terri Orbuch interviewed a representative U.S. sample of 123 married couples seven years into their marriage, and then interviewed them again nine years later, 16 years into their marriage. As part of the interview taking part in the seventh year of marriage couples were asked,...