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Title: BeMonitored: monitoring psychophysiology and behavior using android in phobias
Author: Brás, Susana
Soares, Sandra C.
Moreira, Ricardo
Fernandes, José M.
Keywords: Psychophysiology
Spider phobia
Online monitoring
Mobile device
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2016
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: It is of the utmost importance that researchers can recreate, as accurately as possible, real-life conditions in psychological studies. However, that is not always possible. Given that phobias are rather context-specific, their study is the ideal candidate to assess the feasibility of using a mobile and wearable device for obtaining physiological and behavioral data. In this article, we propose BeMonitored, a smartphone-based solution to support more ecologically valid monitoring of psychological experiments. BeMonitored delivers customizable, specific context-dependent audiovisual stimuli and uses external resources connected via Bluetooth or a smartphone's own resources, while capturing the participant's behavior, physiology, and environment. We used BeMonitored in a spider phobia case study and showed that spider phobics differed from control participants in face motion, captured by the smartphone camera. Moreover, our results also revealed heart rate differences between spider and neutral stimuli in phobic participants. The presented results emphasize the usefulness of smartphones for phobia monitoring. Considering their intrinsic characteristics, smartphones may constitute the natural evolution from the lab to more realistic contexts.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.3758/s13428-015-0633-9
ISSN: 1554-351X
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