We are a group of researchers at Indiana Wesleyan University collaborating with our students and some select technical support people to create, and use, new ways of conducting behavioral research.
Much of what we have learned about ourselves through quantitative psychological studies has involved laboratory experiments and/or questionnaires. These traditional methods come with limitations that have been long endured within psychological science. Our laboratory seeks to address these limitations by developing new ways of conducting ecological momentary assessment (EMA). EMA allows a more acute and ecologically valid way to study human life as it occurs, in everyday life and in real-time. Currently, we have developed, and are using, an EMA app system that uses smartphone technology to “capture” peoples’ momentary experiences, states and activities.