December Recent Literature 2017

The recent experience sampling research for December is here! Keep checking this list as more articles are published.

  • Adolescent Studies
  • Alcohol & Drugs
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Emotion & Regulation
  • General Psychological Topics
  • Medical Topics
  • Physical Activity
  • Physiological Sensors
  • Psychopathology
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Statistics/Methodology

Adolescent Studies

Social and situational characteristics associated with adolescents’ drinking at party and non-party events

In this EMA study, an examination of 149 adolescents assisted in the analysis of multiple characteristics that influence underage drinking. Different social and situational characteristics provided results that showed large parties, access to alcohol, and a mix of genders stimulate underage drinking. Regulating enforcement and a perceived fear of getting caught are preventative measures for underage drinking.

Adolescents’ Daily Perception of Internalizing Emotional States by Means of Smartphone-based Ecological Momentary Assessment

With the use of 90 high school students, a week long EMA study examined the emotional states of adolescents in regards to daily life perceptions. Reports showed that feelings of sadness, worry, or physical symptoms were rarely reported on a daily basis. Although, females reported higher intensity levels than males. Other examined factors were not statistically meaningful to the study.

Adolescents’ Daily Perception of Internalizing Emotional States by Means of Smartphone-based Ecological Momentary Assessment.

“A high proportion of adolescents did not report feelings of sadness (80.0%) or worry (79.3%) or physical symptoms on a daily basis (84.9%). Girls and the risk group reported greater intensity levels for the three analyzed problems than did boys and the normal group, respectively (p .05 in all cases). Day-to-day fluctuations in mood during the week were statistically significant but not meaningful (b = 0.0004, 95% CI [0.0001, 0.0008], p = .001).”

Alcohol & Drugs

Diet & Nutrition

Adherence to self-monitoring healthy lifestyle behaviours through mobile phone-based ecological momentary assessments and photographic food records over 6 months in mostly ethnic minority mothers.

“Variations in population and temporal characteristics should be considered for mobile assessment schedules. Neither CEMA nor PFR alone is ideal over extended periods.”

Healthy food choices are happy food choices: Evidence from a real life sample using smartphone based assessments

Could eating healthier foods make you happier? For this study, researchers separated food into categories and sent experience sampling assessments four times a day to measure levels of happiness. Based on the food that was eaten, results showed that healthier food showed generally positive responses, proving the hypothesis to be correct.

Emotion & Regulation

General Psychological Topics

Can smartphones be used to bring computer-based tasks from the lab to the field? A mobile experience-sampling method study about the pace of life.

“The results suggest that smartphones can be used to transfer CBTs from the lab to the field, and that real-world variations across device manufacturers, OS types, and CPU load conditions did not substantially distort the results.”

Ecological Momentary Assessment of Daily Discrimination Experiences and Nicotine, Alcohol, and Drug Use Among Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals

Many research studies have found that sexual and gender minority individuals face daily discrimination. With the use of EMA, analysts are examining the correlation between discriminatory experiences reported and nicotine, alcohol, and drug use. Results found that substance use is more likely to occur when participating individuals experienced access stress from discrimination.

Medical Topics

Britain Breathing: using the experience sampling method to collect the seasonal allergy symptoms of a country.

“The project has resulted in the first dataset to map allergy symptoms over time and place and reveals periods of peak hay fever symptoms in the UK.”

Physical Activity

Physiological Sensors


Subjective quality of life in psychosis: evidence for an association with real world functioning?

In this EMA study, researchers interested in psychosis searched for evidence regarding associations between subjective quality of life and real world functioning. Results found that the momentary quality of life is more accurate with the patient’s real life experiences. Although subjective quality of life has strong affect, momentary quality of life provides negative affect strongly in patients.

Exploring the emotional dynamics of subclinically depressed individuals with and without anhedonia: An experience sampling study.

“Our results suggest different pathways of emotional dynamics underlie depressive symptomatology. Subclinically depressed individuals with anhedonic complaints are more strongly characterized by diminished favorable impact of PA high arousal and heightened NA reactivity, whereas subclinically depressed individuals without these anhedonic complaints seem more characterized by heightened stress reactivity. The automatically generated personalized models may offer patient-specific insights in emotional dynamics, which may show clinical relevance.”

Measurement properties of instruments that assess participation in young people with autism spectrum disorder: a systematic review.

“Seven instruments have been used to assess participation in young people with autism. One instrument, with excellent measurement properties in one study, does not comprehensively assess participation. Studies of three instruments that incorporate a more comprehensive assessment of participation have methodological limitations. Overall, limited evidence exists regarding measurement properties of participation assessments for young people with autism.”

Smoking Cessation

Effects of Antismoking Media on College Students’ Smoking-Related Beliefs and Intentions.

Does anti-smoking media affect college students’ perceived smoking-related beliefs and intentions? A study conducted on 87 college students, categorized by their smoking history, used EMA surveys to report their thoughts and feelings on smoking. Overall, results proved that anti-smoking media can alter experimental smokers intentions and beliefs, potentially effecting their level of usage.



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