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Here are several research reports that may stimulate your interest in boredom.
"Boredom Effects on Sleepiness/Alertness in the Early Afternoon vs. Early Evening and Interactions with Warm Ambient Temperature,"" V. Mavjee and J.A. Horne, British Journal of Psychology, vol. 85, part 3, August 1994, pp. 317-33. (Thanks to Patricial Sills for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, who are at Loughborough University, reach the following conclusion:
Apart from time of day, 'interest' exerted a powerful effect that was significant for all variables.... By comparison, the 'temperature' effects were minor..
Cognitive Correlates of Boredom Proneness: The Role of Private Self-Consciousness and Absorption," H.M. Seib and S.J. Vodanovich, Journal of Psychology, vol. 132, no. 6, November 1998, pp. 642-52. (Thanks to Traian Dano for bringing this to our attention.) The authors are at University of West Florida, Pensacola.
"Comparative in Vitro Studies of Self-Boring and Self-Tapping Screws. Histomorphological and physical-technical studies of bone layers" [article in German], J. Lohr, et al., Mund-, Kiefer-, und Gesichtschirurgie, vol. 4, no. 3, May 2000, pp.159-63. The authors are at AO-Forschungsinstitut, Davos, Switzerland.
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