Naturalistic observation of health-relevant social processes: the electronically activated recorder methodology in psychosomatics.

@article{Mehl2012NaturalisticOO,
  title={Naturalistic observation of health-relevant social processes: the electronically activated recorder methodology in psychosomatics.},
  author={Matthias R. Mehl and Megan L Robbins and Fenne gro\sse Deters},
  journal={Psychosomatic medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={74 4},
  pages={410-7}
}
This article introduces a novel observational ambulatory monitoring method called the electronically activated recorder (EAR). The EAR is a digital audio recorder that runs on a handheld computer and periodically and unobtrusively records snippets of ambient sounds from participants' momentary environments. In tracking moment-to-moment ambient sounds, it yields acoustic logs of people's days as they naturally unfold. In sampling only a fraction of the time, it protects participants' privacy and… CONTINUE READING

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