Methods Events

Informal events highlighting a range of methods used in affective science, hosted by expert users. Come along to ask all your burning questions!

Mobile assessment of momentary emotions in daily life

Pete Koval

Pete Koval

University of Melbourne, Australia
Elise Kalokerinos

Elise Kalokerinos

University of Melbourne, Australia

Presenter website: Pete Koval [link] and Elise Kalokerinos [link]

Available dates/times:
TBD

Description: This workshop will provide an introduction to assessing momentary emotions in everyday life using the experience sampling method/ecological momentary assessment (ESM/EMA). The workshop will focus on selecting/developing survey items to assess emotion in daily life. We will also briefly cover other design issues, including ESM/EMA sampling frequency, study duration, questionnaire length, online participant recruitment and on-boarding, participant incentives, software options. Finally, we will discuss some common challenges and pitfalls of using ESM/EMA to study emotion in daily life.

Computational techniques to synthesize emotional stimuli

Pablo Arias

Pablo Arias

CNRS/IRCAM, France

Presenter website: [link]

Available dates/times:
TBD

Description: While computational analysis methods have become a commodity in emotion research, experiments that attempt, not only to describe, but to computationally manipulate expressive cues in emotional stimuli have remained relatively rare.¬†In this method event, we will present¬†the methodological advantages of using stimulus manipulation techniques for the experimental study of emotions.¬†Specifically, we will argue that stimulus manipulation techniques can allow researchers¬†to make causal inferences between stimulus features and participant’s behavioral, physiological and neural responses.¬†To illustrate our point, we will present recent studies that use manipulation algorithms to control emotions in faces and voices both in¬†classic¬†‚Äú stimulus-response‚Ä̬†paradigms and during real-time social interactions.

Chloé Clavel

Chloé Clavel

Télécom Paris, France
Derek Isaacowitz

Derek Isaacowitz

Northeastern University, USA
Samuel Mehr

Samuel Mehr

Harvard University, USA