Research Reports - Exploring the relationship between boredom proneness and self-control in traumatic brain injury

Exp Brain Res. 2016 May 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Isacescu J(1), Danckert J(2).

Characterized as an agitated state in which the individual is motivated to engage
in their environment but all attempts to do so fail to satisfy, boredom
represents a disengaged attentional state that is associated with negative affect
and poor self-control. There have been anecdotal reports of increased levels of
boredom post-traumatic brain injury (TBI). For the first time, we provide
objective evidence that TBI patients do indeed experience higher levels of
boredom proneness. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that the presence and
severity of head injury were a significant positive predictor of levels of
boredom proneness and a negative predictor of self-control. As with healthy
controls, TBI patients showed a strong negative correlation between boredom
proneness and self-control-those with lower levels of self-control exhibited
higher levels of boredom proneness. This was despite the fact that our TBI
patients reported higher overall levels of self-control (probably concomitant
with their older mean age). The TBI patients also showed strong positive
correlations between boredom proneness and measures of physical aggression and
anger. Together, this suggests that patients with TBI may be more susceptible to
increased levels of boredom proneness and other negative affective states that
arise as a consequence of failures of self-control. 

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