A joint study conducted by researchers at York University, University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo has tried to shed more light on the mental processes that occur when a person feels bored.
Writing in the report, published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, the researchers define boredom as 'an aversive state of wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity' which is caused due to failure of one of the attention networks in the brain.
AdvertisementThe researchers pointed out three reasons why people may feel bored, including when they are aware that they have a difficulty in paying attention, when they believe that the environment was the cause for their aversive state and when they have difficulty in paying attention to the internal information, like thoughts or feelings, or external information, such as environmental stimuli, that are necessary for participating in satisfying activity.
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