Book Chapter

Dynamic Modeling of Activity Happiness: An Investigation of the Intra-activity Hedonic Treadmill

Isabel Viegas de Lima, Maya Abou-Zeid, Ronny Kutadinata, Zahra Navidi, Stephan Winter, Fang Zhao, Moshe Ben-Akiva

QUALITY OF LIFE AND DAILY TRAVEL | SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG | Published : 2018

Abstract

While travel has traditionally been considered a means to reach activities, researchers have begun to investigate the effect it has on well-being. Improved surveying methods enabled by mobile phone applications, leveraging GPS, GSM, accelerometer, and WiFi, allow researchers to collect more complete data and test hypotheses related to individuals’ happiness with travel and activities. This chapter describes a data collection effort that took place in Melbourne, Australia using Future Mobility Sensing, a mobile phone application and web-based platform. Throughout the study, users were asked twice daily to report on happiness for a single activity, including travel. The chapter develops a dyna..

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