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RSM Seminar | Professor Elise Kalokerinos

RSM Seminar | Professor Elise Kalokerinos

Presenter: Professor Elise Kalokerinos, The University of Melbourne

An Introduction to Experience Sampling Methods


Experience sampling methods (ESM; also known as ecological momentary assessment or EMA) involves sampling participants’ experiences in natural environments, in real-time (or close to it), and on many measurement occasions, often using smartphone technology. These methods allow us insight into participants’ momentary states and the contexts in which these states occur, thus letting researchers “capture life as it is lived” (Bolger, Davis, & Rafaeli, 2003). ESM increases ecological validity, reduces recall bias, and allows researchers to capture dynamic within-person processes. In the first half of the workshop, I’ll discuss when ESM is useful, when things can go wrong, and how to design and execute a good ESM study. In the second half of the workshop, I’ll give an introduction to pre-processing and analysing ESM data, and introduce you to some resources that will help you on your data analysis journey. This workshop doesn’t assume any pre-existing knowledge of the topic.


Dr Elise Kalokerinos is a Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, where she co-directs the Functions of Emotion in Everyday Life Lab. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Queensland, before completing a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at KU Leuven in Belgium. Her research centres on emotion, motivation, and self-regulation, with a focus on using experience sampling methods to uncover the dynamics of these processes in everyday life.

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