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Everyday Experience Study:A Unique and Heuristic Research Method

Li Wenjing;Zheng Quanquan   

  1. School of Psychology and Behavior Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310028, China
  • Received:2007-05-09 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2008-01-15 Published:2008-01-15
  • Contact: Zheng Quanquan

Abstract: As a method to explore phenomenon and processes in spontaneous and natural context by examining ongoing experience as it occurs in the ebb and flow of everyday life, everyday experience method is designed to get information about the persistence, cyclicity, change, and temporal structure of thought, emotion, and behavior that extract from detailed descriptions of specific moments or events in person’s life, as well as identifying situational and dispositional correlates of these patterns. Participants are asked to frequently report events and experiences of their daily lives so as to provide information that are hard to get by using traditional research designs. The value of this method is, in company with other methods, to help researchers to understand psychological phenomenon and processes under the guidance of methodological triangulation, so as to explore and comprehend human’s inner world as deeply as we can

Key words: everyday experience study, experience sampling, multi-level model

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