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What is DREAM

The DREAM program (Dynamic Real-Time Ecological Ambulatory Methodologies) at the Survey Research Center provides researchers at Penn State and other academic institutions with innovative data collection methods to assess ongoing behavior, experiences, physiology, and environmental factors in people’s natural settings

  • Mobile technologies provide a convenient way to collect assessment data as close to the event as possible.
    EMA allows people to report on their subjective experiences regarding events that occur in their daily lives.
  • EMA can be used to have people self-report on their behavior in the moment.
    Responses from self-report EMA surveys can be used in conjunction with wearable sensors that monitor physiology, movement, and/or environmental parameters.
  • EMA allows people to report on their subjective experiences regarding events that occur in their daily lives.
    Mobile technologies provide a convenient way to collect assessment data as close to the event as possible.
  • Responses from self-report EMA surveys can be used in conjunction with wearable sensors that monitor physiology, movement, and/or environmental parameters.
    EMA can be used to have people self-report on their behavior in the moment.

DREAM supports researchers in the use of innovative methods and emerging mobile   technologies for intensive “in-vivo” data collection

DREAM allows for the repeated assessment of behaviors in people’s natural settings

DREAM develops customized survey applications for smartphones and tablets

Customized applications can utilize real-time data to provide behavioral interventions