10th Workshop Conference for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

The 10th Bi-Annual Workshop conference of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy takes place on the 25th-27th of May in Chemnitz, Germany. Exploring ideas under the banners of "Science based Psychotherapy" and "Society's need for Psychotherapy", the conference focuses on the care situation and societal needs relative to the needs of psychotherapy and clinical psychology, taking a particular interest in groups such as the elderly, immigrants, and addicts - groups under represented in this field of research.

Please drop by our booth where we'll discuss the latest developments in Ambulatory Assessment and Experience Sampling research and how it may assist your current and future research.

The 49th Anniversary of the ASP featuring movisens

On the 25th to the 27th of May, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sportpsychologie (German Society for Sport Psychology) will meet for their 49th anniversary. Joining them will be the Swiss Association of Sport Psychology, with the meeting to take place in the beautiful city of Bern, Switzerland. We'd like to thank all the organisers, the ASP, SASP, and the University of Bern, for inviting us to be exhibitors at the meeting. Under the banner of "Successful Development through the Stages of Life" questions about talent detection and promotion, personality development through sport, as well as the importance of using sport and movement as a means to age gracefully will come under discussion.

The participants come together to work upon solutions and propose ideas on how to answer these questions and implement the solutions. You'll find us on the exhibition floor, where we're happy to show you the new psycho-physiological measuring methods and equipment that we've developed, and their innovative applications within this field.

Ambulatory Assessment

Over the next few months we're going to be running a few long form articles on the news blog along with our regular news updates and product launches. For the first series of articles, we're going to talk a little bit about the origins of Ambulatory Assessment, it's development with technological advances, and some of the exciting future research possibilities that it allows. We hope you enjoy!

Ambulatory Assessment

A short summary of the current methodologies

Studying people in their natural habitat is no longer exclusively the domain of anthropologists in the wild. The jungle and the savannah no longer resemble the day to day experiences of modern urban dwelling homo-sapiens. However the legacy of our past is still locked within our psyche, and unravelling our psychological nature involves researchers utilizing new methods to delve deeper in to our minds and bodies.

The overarching ‘umbrella’ for all of the following research methods is Ambulatory Assessment. Whether you’re performing an Ecological Momentary Assessment or Experience Sampling study, they fall within the scope of Ambulatory Assessment.

The core idea of Ambulatory Assessment is to track parameters outside of the laboratory or clinic. Using electronic diaries and/or physiological sensors, researchers can cast aside the inaccuracy of patient reporting and gain valid real time or near real time data. Data not contaminated by the fallibility of participant recollection or miss reporting, and this allowed researchers a purer glimpse of the “… rich information about the daily lives of individuals who may be studied or treated by clinical scientists and mental health professionals.” (Trull & Ebner-Priemer, 2013)

The best and most concise definition of Ambulatory Assessment comes from the Society for Ambulatory Assessment website:

“Ambulatory Assessment comprises the use of field methods to assess the ongoing behavior, physiology, experience and environmental aspects of people in naturalistic or unconstrained settings. Ambulatory Assessment uses ecologically-valid tools to understand biopsychosocial processes as they unfold naturally in time and in context.”

Whilst Experience Sampling and Ecological Momentary Assessment and Daily Diary Studies are components of Ambulatory Assessment, this term often conjures Physiological Monitoring to mind. Research papers that cite Ambulatory Assessment in their keywords often utilize accelerometers, ECG, and other physiological parameters as the core data in their study.

So that brings us on to Ecological Momentary Assessment and Experience Sampling, two of the key components of Ambulatory Assessment, and just like Ambulatory Assessment, Ecological Momentary Assessment doesn’t really sound that catchy. Now, there’s a subtle difference between EMA and Experience Sampling. First I’ll pass it over to Reed Larson and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to recite the abstract from their 1983 article that defined the Experience Sampling Method:

“…the Experience Sampling Method (ESM), a research procedure that consists of asking individuals to provide systematic self-reports at random occasions during the waking hours of a normal week....The ESM obtains information about the private as well as the public aspects of individuals' lives, secures data about behavioral and intrapsychic aspects of daily activity, and obtains reports about people's experiences as they occur, thereby minimizing the effects of reliance on memory and reconstruction.”

Whilst gathering information from people during their daily lives is the primary role of Experience Sampling, the term has become used to describe gathering subjective data over time even within the laboratory or clinical setting. Now, let’s get back to Ecological Momentary Assessment. To perform great craftsmanship, a tradesman requires good tools, and for the researcher Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) is an incredibly powerful longitudinal study tool for harnessing subjective data in day to day life. The subtle difference between EMA and ESM (experience sampling methodology) lies in the origins of the two methods. EMA emerged out of the field of behavioral medicine, and as a result often includes physiological parameters or health related questions, and is primarily performed in a person’s day to day normal environment.

In the next part of this series, we’ll delve in to the advantages and drawbacks of Ambulatory Assessment, and discuss the impact of developing technology.

Ambulatory Cognition Tests in movisensXS

If the words Psychomotor Vigilance Task, Dual N Back, or Sustained Attention to Response Test prick up your ears, then we have some good news. We've integrated these cognition tests into movisensXS, allowing you to gather objective data on your participants through their smartphones.
Now you can perform ambulatory measurements of cognitive performance in addition to the collection of behavioual and subjective data.
If you have a test that you'd like to implement that's not currently available in movisensXS, please get in touch with us and share your ideas. We can help develop them with you, allowing you to carry out your study according to your ideas!
For more information on the cognition tests click here!

EAWOP 2017

We're happy to announce that movisens will be jetting over to Ireland on the 17th of May for the European Associaton of Work and Organizational Psychology conference. The three day EAWOP 2017 congress takes place in Dublin from the 17th to the 20th, and the theme in focus is "Enabling Change Through Work & Organizational Psychology".

Lectures, presentations and workshops provide the framework to unveil new insights, discoveries and directions for future research, making this event a must attend for anyone working/conducting researching in the field of organizational psychology.

You'll find us on the exhibition floor, where we'll introduce you to the new psycho-physiological measuring methods and equipment that we've developed, and their innovative applications within this field.

Aging and Cognition conference April 20-22, 2017

We're happy to announce that we're a Silver Partner helping to support the 4th International "Aging & Cognition" Conference in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference (also the 2nd Conference of the European Cognitive Ageing Society) will bring together researchers from all over the world to discuss the subject of cognition, cognitive neuroscience for healthy aging, and also interventions aimed towards mitigating age related cognitive decline.

In our booth we'll be discussing the use of cognitive tests in experience sampling and ambulatory assessment, so make sure to drop by and learn about our latest developments in the field.

New sensor EdaMove 3 now available

The EdaMove sensor emerges fresh from the lab with its version 3 upgrade complete. The same high quality data you’ve come to trust and respect, now capable of interacting with our cloud based experience sampling platform movisensXS.
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Ambulatory Assessment workshop with Prof. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer

movisens, together with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer will hold a workshop on Ambulatory Assessment in Karlsruhe on the 6th and 7th of April 2017. The ubiquitous nature of smartphones allows electronic diaries to be increasingly useful in psychological research. This data collection method, referred to as Experience Sampling Method or Ecological Momentary Assessment, can also collect physiological data to complement and refine the subjective parameters.

The workshop seeks to provide the participants an overview of the possibilities of ambulatory assessments, including the difficulties and key considerations. The theory part of the workshop covers the background principles from a scientific point of view. Subsequently, participants will have an opportunity to program and design their own e-diary studies in movisensXS under the guidance of the movisens team. A brief evaluation of the data using SPSS will follow.

movisens looks forward to seeing you all at the workshop, where we can discuss the exciting new topics and developing field of Ambulatory Assessments.

New White Paper Activity Algorithms

Our very own Florian Richert crafted a fascinating white paper about the difficulties of accurately assessing energy expenditure using actigraphy. He details the history of interpreting accelerometer data, highlighting the advantages of a transparent method of calculation and the importance of capturing raw data in the sensor. Focusing on the quest to accurately estimate energy expenditure, Florian delves in to the existing research and reveals the weaknesses in the current approach and the way forward to develop a sustainable method of calculating parameters from accelerometer data as newer and better algorithms are devised.

The paper carves through the different existing methodologies and presents solid recommendations for integrating high quality accelerometer data in future research. In particular, utilising physiological data to assist in capturing psychological data in an ambulatory setting.

We hope you enjoy it.

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Our Distributors

As a global leader in ambulatory assessment solutions, movisens is seeking distributors to assist in servicing our customers throughout the world. If you're interested in distributing our class leading range of sensors in your particular country, please get in touch.

You can find an overview of our current distributors here.