Research Assignment #2
The purpose of this assignment is to have you continue to think critically and creatively about how to
measure health-related behavior and how you might apply new technologies and microinteraction to improve some measures.
- Read the surveys that will provided to you by Stephen (obtained from experts in health behavior theory).
- From them, pick a health-related behavior or state that you think is important to measure longitudinally in
the field, either to improve health research or to create more effective
health interventions. This should not be a behavior you have picked for any prior assignment.
- Conduct a thorough literature search on the measurement of this behavior or state. Do not assume that the measure provided to you is the "best" measure. Instead, look around and see what you find that researchers are using. You will look for two types of instruments:
- "Traditional" instruments. These are likely to be paper-based
instruments. Search for research articles in the medical or psychology
literature (see Pubmed or PsychInfo databases) where people have needed to
the measure the behavior, and then figure out how researchers have done so by
finding the citations to the instruments used. Then find the papers that
describe the instruments themselves. Gather as much information you can
about each instruments, including the one you started with. Sometimes you may have to contact the authors of papers to figure out what the actual questions are on a survey. You are likely to find that there is no single
instrument for a particular behavior, but rather many that might be used. Try to
determine which are most commonly accepted in recent research articles and why.
By tracing back in time (and reading key papers), trace the historical development of the measures.
- "Emerging" instruments. These are new instruments that are likely to use
new technologies to measure the behavior. Search for research articles in
the medical or psychology literature, but also the engineering and computer
science literature (e.g., IEEE, ACM Digital Library, and Springer
databases). Find examples of new ways of
measuring the behavior.
- Make a list of all the research articles you have found and put the articles into the class Mendeley library with appropriate keywords (including one keyword, which is your name). For each article,
provide all the reference information for the paper (title, author, journal,
pages, etc.) and, if it is available online, a link to the article in the class Dropbox. For
articles not available online, provide a hardcopy if possible. Whenever possible, find the actual questions used in the paper surveys. In 1-3 paragraphs for each article's entry in Mendeley, explain why you think the article is important for someone trying to understand the behavior you have selected and the history of how that behavior has been measured, or how the behavior may be measured in the future.
- You will turn in a document (writing as scientifically as you can and backing up your statements with citations from both the readings so far and papers you find on your own) containing the following:
- Page 1:
- Your name, email, department, and year in school.
- A few sentences on why it is important to measure the behavior/state you picked
and why you picked that behavior/state.
- What is easy and what is difficult about measuring the behavior
- A summary of the historical "genealogy" of the measurement
- Page 2
- A brief description of how advanced technology could be used to accomplish the measurement using microinteractions on a smartwatch. Provide a concise but detailed a design plan and backup your design choices as best as you can.
- Remaining page(s)
- References cited section (references mentioned above that are included in your annotated Mendeley bibliography)
In addition to bringing a hardcopy of your write-up to class, send an email of the PDF to ...@neu.edu. Name the file in this format: [your last name].research2.pdf.