Variability in Emotion at Multiple Time-Scales: Individuals Interacting with Media, Each Other, and Age

Nilam Ram

(Pennsylvania State University)

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Date: March 14, 2018


Innovations in mobile computing and network infrastructure are reshaping how and when individuals engage with each other and with the world around them. These same technologies provide opportunities to observe and modify individuals’ emotional experiences as they unfold across time – second-to-second, hour-to-hour, year-to-year. Using intensive longitudinal data from survey panels, experience sampling studies, social media, and laboratory observations, I illustrate how consideration of zooms, tensions, and switches (ZOOTS) is informing our understanding of person-context transactions – in particular, how media, social relationships, and age are intertwined with the dynamics of emotional life.

Created: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018