The European Flow Researchers Network (EFRN) is a group of like-minded yet diverse researchers from across Europe, investigating flow experience. We also have some affiliate members from other parts of the world.
What is Flow? - Current Definition
Flow was first described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Beyond Boredom and Anxiety in 1975. It is a gratifying state of deep involvement and absorption that individuals report when facing a challenging activity and they perceive adequate abilities to cope with these challenges. Flow is described as an optimal experience during which people are deeply motivated to persist in their activities. Research shows that flow experiences can have far-reaching implications in supporting individuals’ growth, by contributing both to personal well-being and full functioning in everyday life.
The Mission of the Network is to:
Areas of flow research include:
Instruments and measurement
Health and well-being
Work and organizations
Free time and leisure
Education and learning
Network activities include:
Who are our members?
We have members from across Europe. Although confined officially to members living and working within Europe, we also have links internationally and are always open to collaborations further afield. Our members are academic scientists from fields such as psychology, occupational therapy, education and computer science, as well as practitioners who work towards applying the tenets of flow theory in settings such as the workplace, therapeutic and educational settings, and in sports and recreation, to directly improve people's daily lives.