Projects

Current Projects

  • The FEEL Research Project (Study 2)

    The FEEL Research Project uses cutting-edge mobile technologies to track people's feelings and physiology (e.g., heart rate), as well as their use of different emotion regulation strategies, while they go about their usual daily activities. The aim is to investigate how people manage their emotions in daily life and to reveal when, and for whom, different strategies are most effective.This research will improve scientific understanding of emotions and emotion regulation in daily life, and will contribute to the development of targeted interventions for improving everyday emotion regulation. We hope that this knowledge will help people to achieve and maintain optimal psychological health and well-being.

    What Does Participation Involve?

    1. Initial Lab Session (~ 90 min): You will be asked to attend an initial/baseline lab session at The University of Melbourne where you will be asked to complete some questionnaires, be fitted with your E4 mobile physiology wristband, and receive login details and instructions for completing the smartphone surveys. This session will take approximately 90 minutes.

    2. 14-day Mobile Assessment: For the next 14 days you’ll simply go about your regular daily activities, while wearing the E4 wristband and completing 12 brief smartphone surveys per day. 6 of the surveys you will complete each day will be very brief (30sec - 1min) and will only be asking about your current mood. The other 6 surveys you will be asked to complete each day will take around 3-4min and will be asking you a range of different questions related to your mood and your feelings towards a recent negative, unpleasant, or stressful event/situation that has occurred. These surveys will occur roughly every hour within a 12-hour period of the day (from 10am – 10pm), and you will be required to wear the wristband for the same period of time. The E4 wristband will measure your physiology (e.g., heart rate and skin conductance) throughout the day, and data from this wristband will be uploaded at the end of each week. You will need to charge this device each night to ensure that it has enough battery to record data for the next day. It is very important that you answer the smartphone surveys in a reliable way. The success of the research project depends on our participant’s motivation to do their best!

    3. Follow-up Lab Sessions (~ 30-60 min): At the end of each week, you’ll be asked to come back to The University of Melbourne for a brief follow-up lab session to complete another set of questionnaires and return your E4 wristband so we can upload your data. At the end of the first week (exactly one week from your initial lab session) during your lab session we will also be giving you some more instructions for completing the smartphone surveys during each day of your second week participating. During your final lab session we will also organize your reimbursement for participating. NOTE: It is very important for our research that your lab sessions are exactly one week a part from each other, so please keep this in mind when we book in your appointment.

    What Do I Get In Return?

    a) Warm Fuzzy Feeling - As a participant in the FEEL Research Project, you will be contributing to a richer scientific understanding of emotional functioning in daily life. This tremendously important topic is at the core of what it means to be a human being. Our findings will not only further science but may also inform how psychologists and other mental health professionals treat emotional disorders in the future. We need your help to develop a rich understanding of how people experience and manage their positive and negative emotions in daily life.

    b) Payment - No matter how motivated you are to advance the scientific understanding of emotions, we understand that taking time out of your busy schedule is not easy. That's why we reimburse all participants for their time and commitment to the project. For more information about the participant payment, please contact us.

    Who Can Participate?
    You may be eligible to participate if you:

    Are over 18 years old / Speak fluent English (i.e., native-speaker or highly proficient in English) / Own a compatible smartphone (iOS or Android) / Are NOT currently taking heart or blood pressure medication (e.g., beta-blockers; ACE inhibitors) / Are NOT pregnant

    Where Is The Research Being Conducted? The initial and follow-up lab sessions will be held at the FEEL Lab, The University of Melbourne.

    How do I Sign Up? If you would like to participate, please contact us at feelresearchlab@gmail.com

  • Regulating Emotion Systems in Daily Life

    How people regulate their emotions is thought to be crucial for their psychological well-being, yet little is known about emotion regulation in daily life because most research has relied on lab experiments or global/retrospective surveys. Researchers are starting to investigate how people regulate their emotions across various situations in daily life using naturalistic methods such as ecological momentary assessment (EMA). However, validated measures of daily emotion regulation are lacking, leaving researchers to develop their own ad-hoc measures and making it difficult to synthesise findings across studies. The current study aims to develop a new 12-item EMA measure of emotion regulation in daily life by adapting the recently developed Regulation of Emotion Systems Survey (RESS; De France & Hollenstein, 2017).

    What Does Participation Involve? Participants will be asked to attend an introductory lab session, during which they will complete computer-based questionnaires assessing various domains, including habitual emotion regulation, personality, trait emotionality, and well-being. At the end of this session, participants will be asked to download and install a smartphone app (SEMA2), which will prompt them to complete a short survey 8 times per day over the following 7 days.

    How do I Sign Up? If you would like to participate, please contact Hayley Medland at hmedland@student.unimelb.edu.au

Past Projects

  • The FEEL Research Project (Study 1)

    The first phase of the FEEL Research Project was conducted at Australian Catholic University in 2016. This 3-week project aimed to examine how people, from a variety of different backgrounds, experience and manage their emotions in daily life. Specifically, using a smartphone app (SEMA), participants were asked to respond to a number of questions about how they are feeling, their social context and how they perceive their environment, and how they have tried to manage or regulate their emotions 10 times per day for 21 consecutive days. During the 21 days, we will also measured participants' heart rate and skin conductance levels in daily life using a lightweight wristband monitor. Data analysis and publications are still in progress for this research project.