Niall Bolger Defines Diary Methods

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      NIALL BOLGER: Diary methods are bestthought of as collecting intensive repeated measurementson individuals, where at each timethey give a self-report of their thoughts, their feelings,their situation, or what behaviors they are doing,

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      NIALL BOLGER [continued]: or are about to do.These methods have been around for decades,but I think their use has grown mostlyin the last couple of decades.If we are to try to understand how people behavein their natural context, we should be

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      NIALL BOLGER [continued]: measuring things intensively.There are limits, of course, and with diary methods,when I began to use these methods,I would generally have someone completewhat is called a diary-- but it's reallya short questionnaire-- at the end of each day.

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      NIALL BOLGER [continued]: Then I moved to asking people to doan even shorter questionnaire at the beginning of the day.I should say that the kinds of questions are very briefand they refer to behavior and thinking that is happening

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      NIALL BOLGER [continued]: currently or very recently.So the questions are very unlike traditional survey questions.So, in the morning I might ask, how anxious are you right now?How tired do you feel?How hopeful do you feel?These are usually things that peoplehave no trouble reporting on because they are

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      NIALL BOLGER [continued]: about their daily experience.As years have passed, I've noticedthat the opportunities for collecting diarydata without bothering people have grown,and that's because, these days, it'svery unusual to not see somebody with a smartphone

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      NIALL BOLGER [continued]: and not see them checking the smartphone regularly.Well, if they're checking their smartphone or their smartwatch,that provides an opportunity for themto give a quick report of how they're feelingand what they're doing.And so diary methods are going to become even more

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      NIALL BOLGER [continued]: easy to carry out, more easy to collect the data,and they'll be more frequent.And that's all due to the technological changes.[MUSIC PLAYING]

Niall Bolger Defines Diary Methods

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Professor Niall Bolger defines diary methods as intensive repeated measurements of individuals, in which they report their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These measurements are usually made via a questionnaire filled out once or twice a day, but with technological advances they could be completed even more often.

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Niall Bolger Defines Diary Methods

Professor Niall Bolger defines diary methods as intensive repeated measurements of individuals, in which they report their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These measurements are usually made via a questionnaire filled out once or twice a day, but with technological advances they could be completed even more often.

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