I am a social psychologist who researches boredom, interest and being alone with your thoughts. I'm here to help you cope with your boredom during COVID-19. AMA!
Hi Reddit! I’m Erin Westgate, a social psychologist at the University of Florida who runs the Florida Social Cognition and Emotion Lab. I study what boredom is, why people experience it and what happens when they do.
I’m here to answer your questions about the boredom you may be feeling while the world social distances and self-isolates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In my research at the Florida Social Cognition and Emotion Lab, I have focused on:
- Meaningful activities
- Psychological “richness"
- Bias on the LGBTQ+ Community
More about me:
I earned a PhD in Social Psychology and a M.A. in Social Psychology, both from the University of Virginia, in addition to a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College. Before becoming an assistant professor at University of Florida, I was a postdoctoral research at The Ohio State University where I was in the President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program.
- Florida Social Cognition and Emotion Lab
- 6 things you can do to cope with boredom at a time of social distancing
- What's So Bad About Being Alone With Your Own Thoughts?
- People Prefer Electric Shock to Being Alone with Their Own Thoughts
- How to Enjoy Being Alone with Your Own Thoughts
Update: Thank you for all of the wonderful questions! It was great answering all of your questions. If I'm feeling 'bored' later, I'll come on to follow-up on some additional questions. :)