Abstract

Location data gathered from a variety of sources is particularly valuable when it comes to understanding individuals and groups. However, much of this work relies on participants’ active engagement to regularly report their location. More recently, smartphones have been used to assist with this process, but while commercial smartphone applications are available, these are often expensive and not designed with researchers in mind. In order to overcome these and other related issues, we have developed a freely available Android application that logs location accurately, stores data securely, and ensures participants can provide consent or withdraw from a study at any time. Further recommendations and R code are provided to assist with subsequent data analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2840-2846
Number of pages7
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Volume51
Issue number6
Early online date27 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Digital traces
  • Ecological momentary assessment
  • GPS
  • Location semantics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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A simple location-tracking app for psychological research. / Geyer, Kristoffer; Ellis, David Alexander; Piwek, Lukasz.

In: Behavior Research Methods, Vol. 51, No. 6, 31.12.2019, p. 2840-2846.

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