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