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πŸ“The Bored Mind Is A Guiding Mind: Toward A Regulatory Theory Of Boredom

The present article advances the literature on boredom in at least two ways. First, by offering a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the empirical literature on the nature of boredom, it builds upon and updates previous attempts to specify the function of boredom. Hence, it offers a useful reference guide to researchers interested in the functional aspects and capacities of boredom and its role in our everyday lives. Second, the article demonstrates how the adoption of a regulatory perspective on boredom is theoretically advantageous. A regulatory perspective informs our views about boredom and highlights its importance in our mental economy, but it does more than that. It also permits us to synthesize the diverse literature on boredom by making sense of how the different components of boredom correlate and work together in order to promote the exercise of the regulatory function of boredom. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a regulatory perspective allows us to move forward in our investigation of boredom by opening up unexplored avenues for research. We have much to gain by adopting a regulatory perspective on boredom and the present article is an attempt to show precisely that.

Updated on April 26, 2020

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