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What is Momentary Sampling Methodology

Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior
A type of self-monitoring using brief assessments that are completed several times per day over a period of time. Momentary sampling increasingly uses digital devices to record data and randomly signal participants to complete the assessment.
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Mobile Tracking for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Sylvia Kauer (University of Melbourne, Australia & Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia) and Sophie Reid (Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8239-9.ch071
Mobile tracking is the latest burgeoning area in the field of technology in mental health care with mobile apps, SMS protocols, and new devices used to track mood and behavior in order to improve mental health and wellbeing. To date, there has been little research investigating the effects of mobile tracking on mental health although this research is promising. The concept of tracking, or self-monitoring, has grown over the last 40 years stemming from behavioural homework between therapeutic sessions, the expressive writing paradigm and momentary sampling. Exploring the theory and evidence surrounding these paradigms provides insight into the mechanisms of mobile tracking. Further research using rigorous methodologies and investigating mechanisms of mobile tracking is warranted.
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