Study Diary "Sedentary Mood-Study"
Sedentary Behavior Study
The following article continues our series on "Sedentary Mood-Studies". Throughout the series we'll take you through a course of sedentary behavior studies, describing the process from planning to results. We'll start with the process of capturing the necessary data to examine the link between sedentary behavior and mood. To do this, we'll detail a particular sedentary behavior study to illustrate the idea.
Part 2: Recording mood and sedentary behavior data
When studying sedentary behavior, it's important to select a time frame that provides enough data to analyse. In this case, the researcher chose a five day period in an ambulatory setting to capture data in everyday life. Over this five day period participants received mood assessments several times per day, and had their activity recorded during waking hours.
To capture the participants mood, it's necessary to use an experience sampling method. For this study, the android based experience sampling app movisensXS displayed the short version of the "Multidimensional Mood Questionnaire (MDMQ)" at random intervals. The MDMQ measures the mood in three dimensions - Valence, Energetic Arousal, and Calmness - and was specifically conceptualized for ambulatory studies (see Wilhelm and Schoebi, 2007, p. 259ff.)
Whilst there's no technical device that captures sedentary behavior (see Kang and Rowe, 2015, p.113), the activity sensor serves as the de facto research instrument of choice. Given the abundance of fitness trackers on the market, it's often tempting to purchase inexpensive devices in order to obtain more data points. However, for research grade data it's important to use research grade devices. Whilst that may mean fewer devices and fewer participants, the quality of the data more than compensates.
The Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN, 2017) defines Sedentary Behavior as: "Sedentary behavior is any waking behavior characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs), while in a sitting, reclining or lying posture". So in order to obtain an optimal recording, we need to evaluate both body position and energy expenditure.
In the next part of this series, we'll describe how the guidelines for sedentary behavior were met within this study
On the 12th of December 2018, movisens joins other exhibitors at the fifth edition of Wearables in Practice (WIP) in Amsterdam. Topics such as non-invasive methods for long-term monitoring of the autonomic nervous system or heartbeat feedback constitute part of this symposium.
We await interesting lectures by Hans Bussmann and Mark Hoogendoorn and would welcome any participants who would like to visit our stand and learn more about new measuring methods.
We're delighted to attend the "Digital Media And Developing Minds" conference on the 15th.-18th. October in Long Island, New York, USA. We'll debut our research solutions, with a strong focus on the mobile sensing capabilities of our experience sampling app movisensXS. Our platform offers researchers excellent data collection capabilities to capture on screen behaviour through tracking the use of multiple devices concurrently to get a complete view of participant mobile usage.
We invite delegates to take advantage of our experience and talk with us about our other Behavioural monitoring solutions. Including physiological activity monitoring that provides a complete overview of daily activity over extended durations. Our interactive solutions allow the development of intervention studies, with our activity sensors capable of assessing activity levels, sedentary behaviour time, and even such elements as outdoor exposure and using these parameters to trigger interventions within the app. Combining this with an understanding of the regular mobile phone app use and behaviour promises to offer a detailed insight in this nascent field.
We're looking forward to meeting you all for the first time!
movisens heads abroad to Canada for the 58th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. The meeting takes place in the Quebec convention centre from the 3rd to the 7th of October. We'll display our unique combination of physiological sensors and experience sampling software, with a key focus on the integration of the two platforms. We look forward to seeing some of our existing customers there, and meeting researchers keen to explore this nascent field.
Amongst a whole array of interesting talks, we're particularly looking forward to the Heart Rate Variability symposium from Julian Thayer on Saturday the 7th. We'd like to extend a warm welcome to all the delegates, and invite them to drop by our table and have a chat about what psychophysiological solutions we can provide for their research.
Finally we're able to unveil the new sensor generation. We're starting the launch of series 4 with the Move 4 and the EcgMove 4. With the 4th generation, movisens took into account the numerous requirements of researchers, implementing their wishes and also further increasing the quality of the sensors.
On the 12th of July the newest generation of our sensors shall emerge from the lab. So, save that date in your calendar and be one of the first who benefits from the newest developments and upgrades to our sensor range!
You can't wait until the 12th of July?
Participants can look forward to exciting keynotes from prominent speakers, including by Prof. Dr. Jutta Joormann from Yale University. In the intervals between interesting discussions, lectures, and presentations, we'd be delighted if you drop by our stand to have a chat with us about your research, and discover how movisens technology might provide an ideal solution for your work.
* - "Psychotherapie - Vielschichtig und Lebensspanne(nd)"
The 23rd "European College of Sport Science" conference takes place in Dublin on the 4th til the 7th of July. Once again, movisens stands ready (at booth 15) to answer all your questions about our physiological sensors and other research solutions.