Research, Boredom, and the Frontiers of Knowledge– Update 1

Perhaps this is just my opinion, but I think people tend to find psychology one of the most interesting, mystifying, and exciting of the sciences. Regardless of their sometimes controversial validity, the concepts of the ego, unconscious desire, self-actualization, and many others have permeated through much of Western and global imagination. When I tell people I am conducting psychology research, many of them look at me with wide eyes asking me exactly what it is I am researching. When I tell them I’m studying nostalgia and imagination, their eyes get even wider. Then when I tell them what I am specifically doing day by day and week by week here at William & Mary, their eyes start to wander a bit more. I am not electrocuting rats on a wheel, I am not plugging strange wires into peoples’ brains, and NO I am NOT analyzing you right now! Instead, I am combing through the PsycINFO database searching for articles about how to conceptualize, quantify, and measure such murky concepts as imagination, nostalgia, and creativity. In addition, I am going to spend several hours planning and constructing the actual study on Qualtrics.

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