Five YouTube videos that explain experience sampling/ecological momentary assessment

It is becoming more and more common to go to YouTube to learn about something. And experience sampling/ecological momentary assessment is no exception. Here is a list of five YouTube videos that explain this methodology. Sit back, relax, and feel free to binge watch these videos to your heart’s content.

  1. A Guide to Using Experience Sampling and Ecological Momentary Assessment

Tamlin Conner and Joshua Smythe present on background, theory, implementation, and considerations of the experience sampling method. This presentation was recorded from a webinar in 2014. Conner gave a very similar talk at APS 2015, and Tim Steenbergh reviewed highlights in a previous blog.

  1. Behavioral Observation Research in the Real World

Matthias Mehl gives an interesting talk covering three EMS studies he’s done using his tool, the EAR (Electronically Activated Recorder). His studies using the device include determining whether or not people in America are actually more “extraverted” than people in social cultures (like Mexico), whether or not women actually talk more than men, and whether or not substantive talk reduces inflammation. Further, he uses the device to observe kindness in everyday life.

  1. What is the Experience Sampling Method?

Tom Slather gives a great introduction to the experience sampling method. The video covers challenges, surprises while conducting ESM research, and advice he would give to people beginning their own ESM study.

  1. Google I/O 2014 – Don’t Listen to Users, Sample Their Experience!

Tomer Sharon isn’t an academic researcher per se, but he used experience sampling to help Google determine what people wanted to search for. The 26 minute video is geared more toward businesses, but if offers a unique perspective. It also offers a brief, clean discussion of how to start a study and process data. Check it out.

  1. Using experience sampling and other ambulatory methods to measure health behaviour change

Jutta Mata talks about three reasons why experience sampling is a useful method in the healthcare field: “1. Avoids reliance on retrospection, 2. Ecological validity, 3. Intraindividual variability, 4. Intervention method.”


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