Past Event

Boredom: Behavioral and Clinical Implications

September 23, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Event time is displayed in your time zone.
Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th Floor Lecture Hall), Columbia University, 3227 Broadway, New York

Event Description:

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
-- Dorothy Parker

What is boredom? What are its neural mechanisms? And is it really the dark side of curiosity? Join the Research Cluster on Curiosity and three guest scholars to discuss the significance of boredom in behavior and clinical settings. Discussion to follow after speaker presentations. 

Event Speakers:

  • 3-3:10PM: Introduction by Jacqueline Gottlieb, Leader of the Research Cluster on Curiosity
  • 3:10-3:50PM: Wijnand van Tilburg, Lecturer in Psychology, King's College London
    • The Unbearable Lightness of Boredom: Implications for Ideology, Identity, and Meaning 
  • 3:50-4:20PM: McWelling Todman Associate Professor of Clinical Practice, The New School
    • Is Boredom Clinically Useful?
  • 4:20-5:10PM: James Danckert, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Area Head, University of Waterloo
    • The Drive to Act: Boredom, Exploration and Agency

Event Information:

This event is open to the public, however, seating is limited. Registration is required via Eventbrite.

This event is hosted by the Research Cluster on Curiosity with support from the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute