15th European Congress of Psychology – with movisens

From the 11th to the 14th July 2017, the 15th European Congress of Psychology takes place in Amsterdam. Featuring over 2000 participants, the conference will feature keynote speakers discussing the major topic of "Psychology Addressing Society's Greatest Challenges", with a keynote talk from Ulrich Ebner-Priemer from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on "Monitoring the Dynamics of Real Life Psychopathology Using Ambulatory Assessment" being a particular highlight.

As always, we look forward to all of the interesting talks and lectures that such a gathering of esteemed academics provides, and extend a warm invite to all attendees to drop by our exhibition booth and hear about the latest developments in sensor technology and experience sampling, and of course the integration that can occur to provide Interactive Ambulatory Assessment.

Seminars at movisens

Thanks to our recent relocation we now have the space to grow our team, and also to offer training here at our own premises! Our new office space allows us to offer seminars in the field of ambulatory assessment/mobile monitoring to researchers and research groups. This allows research teams to undertake basic training in the best methods for gathering physiological and/or experience sampling data and provides a great opportunity to clarify all the important issues they may face in their upcoming study. The training includes both a theoretical and practical component.

If you or your research group would like to attend a training seminar, please contact us at info@movisens.com. We will announce upcoming dates for seminars here on our news page, and via our newsletter which you can subscribe to below. On average we send only one newsletter per month, so it shouldn't hurt your inbox too much!

ECSS 2017

From the 5th to the 8th of July 2017, the 22nd annual ECSS (European College of Sport Science) congress takes place in Essen, Germany. We are pleased to exhibit for the first time at this sports science congress. Under the motto "Sports Science in a Metropolitan Area", the congress features numerous lectures, poster presentations and discussions along with an extensive support program that contributes to the entertainment of all attendees. A raffle, in which attendees must visit different exhibitors and answer a small quiz or solve a problem to enter in to the main draw promises to be a highlight. So visit us at stand no. 72 and discover more about what we do, answer our quiz, and secure your chance win the main prize!

We’ve relocated!

Important Information: Our address has changed!

Our new address is:

movisens GmbH
Augartenstraße 1
76137 Karlsruhe
Germany

Please send all deliveries to this address from now on!

5th Conference of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment

The fifth Conference of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment takes place in Luxembourg from the 15th to the 17th of June 2017. The conference presents a unique opportunity for the discussion of new research and methods in relation to monitoring behaviour, physiology, experiences and environmental aspects of people in naturalistic settings.

Luminaries in the field such as Paul Wallace, Christoph Thuemmler, Arthur Stone and Donna Spruijt-Metz will present keynote talks that highlight the innovations within this exciting field. movisens is a proud sponsor of this event.

We'll conduct two workshops, both of which detail some of the exciting innovative methods that we've made possible for researchers:
- Thursday, June 15, 2013 - 8.30 am - Room 4.020, 4th floor: "Mobile sensing for ambulatory assessment - technological possibilities and applications"
- Saturday, 17.06.2017 - 11.00 - Room 4.520, 4th floor: "Physiological sensors for interactive ambulatory assessment"

We are looking forward to meeting everyone and enjoying the stimulating discussions on the topic of ambulatory assessment!

Ambulatory Assessment Colloquium: investigating mood and physical activity

On June 19, 2017, a colloquium on "Ambulatory Assessment to Investigate Physical Activity and Mood" takes place in Karlsruhe, Germany, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Lectures by renowned guests such as Genevieve Dunton (University of Southern California) and Jutta Mata (University of Mannheim) will cover topics of health, physical activity, mobile monitoring and Ecological Momentary Assessment.

Many studies have been actualized with assistance and equipment from movisens, and some of our employees will also participate in the event. This colloquium presents a great opportunity to discuss, develop and plan new and innovative research approaches. If you have an idea for an ambulatory study we have the technology and experience that can help you to develop your idea and turn it into a research project. Feel free to contact us!

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!