Can tasks be inherently boring?


Journal Article

Kurzban et al. argue that the experiences of "effort," "boredom," and "fatigue" are indications that the costs of a task outweigh its benefits. Reducing the costs of tasks to "opportunity costs" has the effect of rendering tasks costless and of denying that they can be inherently boring or tedious, something that "vigilance tasks" were intentionally designed to be.

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Cited Authors

  • Charney, E

Published Date

  • December 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 684 -

PubMed ID

  • 24304781

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24304781

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-1825

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-525X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0140525x13000964


  • eng