Experience sampling is a longitudinal research method in which people are asked to report on particular aspects of their everyday experiences at frequent intervals (which may be more than once a day) in real-world settings over time and across situations. This form of longitudinal research has become more commonplace in industrial and organizational psychology over the past decade because of its potential for reducing bias in global retrospective reports and for capturing the dynamic nature of within-person work experiences.

Experience Sampling

The term experience sampling method (ESM) was coined during the late 1970s by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to describe the technique of obtaining subjective reports of people’s current experiences by signaling them at random times in their natural environment (using beepers, for example). Now, the term is used ...

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