Donnerstag, 16. Januar 2020, 13:15 - 14:15 iCal

Splendors and Miseries of Everyday Life:

Assessing Stress and Aesthetic Experience When and Where it Happens

HS G (2. Stock, linke Stiege)
Liebiggasse 5, 1010 Wien


Everyday life might often seem to be unspectacular on the surface, but closer observation shows substantial ups and downs. All of us have experienced stressful and uplifting events and episodes, good times and rather miserable times, and many more specific peaks and troughs in daily life. Such experiences vary between and within individuals in their frequency and intensity, and they have the potential to affect mood, well-being, and health. Using ambulatory assessment methods that capture behavior and experience when and where it happens, psychological research can reveal daily life dynamics with high ecological validity and low retrospective reporting bias, and can answer research questions on within-subject variability and change. In this talk, I will discuss some principles and examples of ambulatory assessment research for particularly profound daily life phenomena—often experienced as rather positive and negative—namely aesthetic experience and daily life stress. Previous research has demonstrated that ambulatory assessment of daily life stress can reliably integrate the subjective perspective of the individual (self–report) with assessments of physiological stress responses—particularly changes in salivary cortisol. Similar research using ambulatory assessment methods in the area of aesthetic experience are relatively rare, with the exception of research into music listening in daily life. With a focus on future developments, some questions on potential prospects of research into the splendors and miseries of everyday life will be addressed.


Institut für Angewandte Psychologie: Gesundheit, Entwicklung und Förderung


Ass.Prof. Dr. Giorgia Silani
Institut für Angewandte Psychologie: Gesundheit, Entwicklung und Förderung
AB Klinische Psychologie des Erwachsenenalters