Your primary goal in the field is to ensure you are paying attention to the participant you’re working with. Ensure you have all of your devices prepped beforehand, and your participant is familiar with all of the ways you’ll be capturing data. You don’t want to surprise them on the day of the study.
CONNECT BIOMETRIC SENSORS
Depending on the comfort level of the person you’re working with, you can choose between ECG or EDA measurements.
Start by attaching the electrodes.
Take a minute of data logging and ensure you’re capturing data from the participant. Have them move their hand around or walk in a small circle. You should see some variation in the data being captured on OpenSignals.
CHECK YOUR GPS TRACKER
- Open the Moves app on your iPhone or Android device and ensure it’s capturing data. Within a few minutes of arriving at the location, Moves should be updated and displaying the accurate address.
ADD IN VIDEO
- Have the participant hold the camera you’ve decided to use. In our research, we’ve found that participants tend to capture what they’re looking at or thinking about, by moving the hand that’s holding the camera. This interaction feels more natural than attaching the camera to the body, such as the chest or shoulder, as the average person likely doesn’t have experience shooting video this way.
- Once the camera is turned on, check your phone for the exact time. State the time as accurately as possible.
- Start exploring! Pay attention to your participant and ask the questions you have prepared beforehand when they seem appropriate. Be sure to pay attention to moments when your participant pauses. Prompt conversation as much as possible, and remember that silence can be encouraging.