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A Literature Review on The Experience Sampling Method and Its Applications

Presenters Name: 
Rose Huang
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Primary Research Mentor: 
Jeffrey Boichuk
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11:00 - 12:15
Time of Presentation: 
2019 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
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Grant Program Recipient: 
USOAR Program

The experience sampling method (ESM) is a methodology where surveys are distributed randomly at intervals to participants over the course of a study. Using ESM, researchers can obtain a more accurate representation of participants’ daily activities, feelings, and behaviors over a period of time. An initial understanding of the methodology was found in the second chapter of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology. The literature review was created in order to further our understanding of the methodology as well as what the expectations are for publication and it consists of 8 articles hand-selected from 5 research journals published in the past decade. I have created a foundation that will lead to an ESM study with both employees and customers of The Juice Laundry, a local organic juice and smoothie bar. Quantitative variables such as the number of questions per survey, sample size, compensation, study length, and distribution frequency have been examined. In addition, the need for an initial demographic survey (eg. gender, age, student) has been established and the team has decided on using Twilio (a text message service) and (a custom link provider) for survey distribution. This approach combines elements from the literature review with what is deemed the best fit for the study.