Journal article

Preliminary evidence of diurnal rhythms in everyday behaviors associated with positive affect

BP Hasler, MR Mehl, RR Bootzin, S Vazire

Journal of Research in Personality | Published : 2008

Abstract

The authors used the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR) to track within-day variability in everyday behaviors associated with positive and negative affect across two samples. The EAR is a portable audio recorder that periodically samples snippets of ambient sounds from participants' momentary environments. The recorded sounds are then coded for different behaviors. The study tested whether previous findings regarding diurnal patterns in self-reported mood extend to naturalistically observed behavior. Across both samples, behavior associated with positive affect (i.e., socializing, laughing, and singing) varied according to a sinusoidal 24-h rhythm centered around participants' average w..

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