Smartphone sensing methods for studying behavior in everyday life


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Article
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Authors
Harari, GM 
Müller, SR 
Aung, MS 
Rentfrow, PJ 
Abstract

Human behavior is the focus of many studies in the social, health, and behavioral sciences. Yet, few studies use behavioral observation methods to collect objective measures of behavior as it occurs in daily life, out in the real world — presumably the context of ultimate interest. Here, we provide a review of recent studies focused on measuring human behavior using smartphones and their embedded mobile sensors. To draw attention to current advances in the field of smartphone sensing, we describe the daily behaviors captured using these methods, which include movement behaviors (physical activity, mobility patterns), social behaviors (face-to-face encounters, computer-mediated communications), and other daily activities (non-mediated and mediated activities). We conclude by pointing to promising areas of future research for studies using Smartphone Sensing Methods (SSMs) in the behavioral sciences.

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Keywords
5202 Biological Psychology, 32 Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, 3209 Neurosciences, 52 Psychology, Behavioral and Social Science, Clinical Research, Mental Health, Basic Behavioral and Social Science
Journal Title
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
2352-1546
2352-1546
Volume Title
18
Publisher
Elsevier
Sponsorship
This research was supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) Award BCS-1520288.