I’m excited for our symposium on Psychology in Everyday Life at SESP in Seattle this week. Four excellent presenters will talk about how experience sampling can be used to inform psychological science in multiple domains. We’ll be presenting in Princessa II from 4:50-6pm on Friday 5 October.
Psychology in Everyday Life
The richness of human psychology is what attracted many of us to the field: the opportunity to study people in their natural environments of home, work, school, and beyond. Yet, many of our cherished findings are confined to one particular environment: the laboratory. Moving beyond the walls of the lab is critical for psychology to advance. Indeed, the study of psychology in everyday life has uncovered a number of new findings that could not have been anticipated using traditional lab-based methods. The talks in this symposium showcase such findings, exploring the power of experience sampling for refining our understanding of human psychology across a range of domains. Focusing on intrapersonal phenomena, Kalokerinos and Slepian outline how studying emotion regulationand information regulationin daily life can shed new light on old fields of research by revealing the ways people’s daily behaviors confound expectations based on lab research. Focusing on interpersonal phenomena, Overall and Smith discuss how experience sampling can reveal novel insights into the causes and consequences of relationship qualityand social power. Together, the talks demonstrate that certain psychological processes cannot be fully understood within the context of the lab. For psychological science to continue progressing, we must incorporate methods that allow for a deeper reach into people’s everyday lives. As this symposium shows, doing so will result in a more theoretically, empirically, and practically impactful science.