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Smartphone monitoring can boost behavioural studies

Smartphone monitoring can boost behavioural studies
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Interpreting the data collected from volunteers\' own smartphones -- which has the potential to emulate randomised trials -- can boost research into human behaviour, finds a new study.

London: Interpreting the data collected from volunteers' own smartphones -- which has the potential to emulate randomised trials -- can boost research into human behaviour, finds a new study.

Fani Tsapeli from the University of Birmingham, and her colleague and Mirco Musolesi from the University College London used user-generated data, harvested from their phones to evaluate the cause of increased stress levels of participants.

Most of the earlier research works relying on smartphones focused on detecting factors in the features extracted from smartphone data. But that pure correlation analysis did not provide for a sufficient understanding of human behaviour. Therefore, the study authors tried to identify factors that could be at the root cause of issues revolving around health and well-being.

In this study, the authors used data from a research project at Dartmouth College, Hanover, US, called StudentLife.

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