Fall 2019 | Volume 33
BRITE Lab News Blast
A publication from the UW-Madison BRITE Lab
Announcements, Reminders, & Upcoming Events
  • Rolling application procedure for BRITE Lab small grants this year (RFP). If you are interested in BRITE Lab small grants, please contact Lab Director Justin Sydnor with a short description of the study. Justin especially encourages graduate students or those newer to behavioral/experimental research to reach out at early stages of their study planning and conceptualization.

  • Contact Felix to book time in the lab or indicate an intention to book. We currently have four studies scheduled to run in coming weeks. Remaining open dates: Sep 23 to Oct 4, Oct 18 to Oct 31 and Dec 9 to Dec 20. Please check the calendar for full schedule.

  • Send interesting things to Justin and/or Felix. If you see any papers, conferences, graduate student workshops, resources, etc... that might be of interest to the broader BRITE Lab community, please send along the info to Justin and Felix. Please also check below for our new thoughts into the IDEA section.

We will use this space each week in the news blast for Justin to share new ideas he thinks may be of interest for our behavioral & experimental community. If you ever have ideas for topics, please share your ideas with Justin .

This Week's BRITE Idea:

Note from Justin

We are trying something new this semester with BRITE Ideas, where we hope to frequently feature short write-ups of research from our “BRITE community” of researchers. These might be studies conducted at the BRITE Lab or with BRITE funding, but need not always be. The first one is contributed by Jihae Shin
Sharing from Jihae :

I recently conducted an experiment at the Brite lab for my paper on boredom and creativity. Recent research found that boredom can increase creativity (Gasper & Middlewood, 2014; Mann & Cadman, 2014 ). In my paper, I examine ‘especially when does boredom increase creativity?’ I hypothesized that boredom in one task increases creativity in another task especially when one engages in multitasking.

I conducted an experiment to examine this hypothesis. There were three conditions: a multitasking condition, a single-tasking condition, and a control condition. In the multitasking condition, participants worked on a boring task and a creativity task at the same time, and in the single-tasking condition, participants worked on the boring task and the creativity task separately and sequentially. In the control condition, participants only worked on the creativity task.

As hypothesized, I found that participants in the multitasking condition showed highest creativity. I propose that multitasking is a valuable strategy one can use to capture the power of boredom. We are now working on analyzing the rest of the data and hope to have a working paper soon. 
Interested in booking research time in the Lab?
View available time on our Lab Calendar;
email requests to the Lab Manager, Felix Zhan

Volume 33 | September 21, 2019