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Culture and state boredom: A comparison between European Canadians and Chinese

Ng, Andy H. ORCID:, Liu, Yong, Chen, Jian-zhi and Eastwood, John D. 2015. Culture and state boredom: A comparison between European Canadians and Chinese. Personality and Individual Differences 75 , pp. 13-18. 10.1016/j.paid.2014.10.052

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The primary goal of the present research was to examine cross-cultural validity of the Multidimensional State Boredom Scale (MSBS) by comparing a European Canadian sample and a Chinese sample. The secondary goal was to explore cross-cultural differences in the actual experience of boredom between European Canadian and Chinese participants when they completed a psychological survey. After establishing cross-cultural validity of the MSBS by eliminating items that functioned differentially across the two cultural groups, we found that European Canadians scored higher on the MSBS than did Chinese. Results are consistent with the literature on cultural differences in ideal affect, such that European North Americans (vs. East Asians) tend to value high-arousal positive affects (e.g., excitement) more, and low-arousal positive affect less (Tsai, Knutson, & Fung, 2006).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0191-8869
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 January 2020
Date of Acceptance: 28 October 2014
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 16:58

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