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“Psyosphere” : A GPS Data Analysing Tool for the Behavioural Sciences

Ziepert, Benjamin (2018) “Psyosphere” : A GPS Data Analysing Tool for the Behavioural Sciences.

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Abstract:Positioning technologies (PT) such as GPS are widespread in society but are used only sparingly in behavioural science research. The current study attempts to unlock PT potential for behavioural science studies by developing a research tool to analyse GPS tracks, and by giving an overview of behavioural variables that can be studied with PTs. To test the research tool and to find more links between behavioural variables and PTs, we conducted two similar experiments. During the experiments, participants were placed in teams and carried cards with either a hostile or non-hostile task from a start to finish area. At the finish area the participants had to avoid guards, in order that their cards would not be confiscated. After each of three rounds the participants filled out a questionnaire to measure mental states related to hostile intent. The results show that the participants collectively changed their strategies on how to avoid guards, with each consecutive Round, and that mental states, such as fear, can be linked to changes in GPS variables, such as walking closer together. The current study demonstrates that behavioural experiments can be performed with GPS, outside of a laboratory setting.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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