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Erin C. Westgate

Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Florida

Dr. Erin Westgate is a social psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida, where she studies boredom, interest, and why some thoughts are more engaging than others. ​She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Virginia in 2018, and her BA in psychology from Reed College in 2010. Much of her research has been on the conditions under which people enjoy or do not enjoy their own thoughts. She has extended that work to the larger question of why people become bored, developing a new model of boredom that explains what boredom is, why we experience it, and what happens when we do.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Florida


  • 2018 
    University of Virginia, PhD / Social Psychology
  • 2016 
    University of Virginia, MA / Social Psychology
  • 2010 
    Reed College, BA / Reed College

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Personality and Social Psychology