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Exciting times for Hong Kong researchers studying boredom, after snagging ‘education prize’ at Ig Nobel awards

University of Hong Kong psychologist leading study says team is thrilled to bag award celebrating quirky and quaint academic studies‘The beauty of this prize is you cannot try to win it and I certainly did not expect anyone to find our work that amusing,’ he saysEducation in Hong KongLars HamerPublished: 8:41pm, 16 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

A group led by Hong Kong researchers who found it exciting to study boredom in the classroom has emerged top of their class and snagged the “education prize” of the Ig Nobel awards, a satirical honour for scientific work that focuses on the quirky and the quaint.

University of Hong Kong (HKU) associate professor Christian Chan, the psychology scholar who led the study, on Saturday said he was motivated to research the topic because of his own wrestle with boredom.

“It was kind of a meta moment where I realised I could use the skills I have acquired to understand boredom,” he added.

The study examined feelings of boredom among teachers and students in classrooms and led to the publication of two research papers by the eight-strong team, which included University of Toronto Scarborough postdoctoral fellow Katy Tam and University of Essex researcher Dr Wijnand van Tilburg.

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