Ecological Sampling Methods for Studying Everyday Situations

Cornelia Wrzus and Matthias R. Mehl

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychological Situations

ISBN: 9780190263348
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190848903 | DOI:
Ecological Sampling Methods for Studying Everyday Situations

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This chapter reviews existing and emerging methodologies for the ambulatory assessment of real-world situations. It distinguishes between first-person/subjective and third-person/objective approaches and provides research examples for each reviewed ecological assessment method. The chapter opens with a discussion of why it is important to assess situations directly in daily life. The following two main sections review approaches for (a) the first-person assessment of real-world situation experiences and perceptions, such as experience sampling and daily diary approaches, and (b) the third-person assessment of objective real-world situation cues, such as naturalistic observation and mobile sensing. Finally, the chapter provides a methodological discussion of the cue-perception interplay and highlights potential future directions in the study of everyday situations.

Keywords: ambulatory assessment; experience sampling; daily diary; naturalistic observation; mobile sensing

Article.  11561 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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