“In recent generations we have added something new: We have created the method of modern dying. Modern dying takes place in the modern hospital, where it can be hidden, cleansed of its organic blight, and finally packaged for modern burial. We can now deny the power not only of death but of nature itself. We hide our faces from its face, but still we spread our fingers just a bit, because there is something in us that cannot resist a peek.”
S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter
Compliance has been a delicate subject in psychological research: how do we know whether the participant will follow protocol in a truthful and accurate manner? A lot of ingenious ways of control this have been created, but if the task is hard and burdensome, it is more likely that participants will fail to comply fully. The Experience Sampling Method (ESM), and others alike, are frequently demanding, and require the researcher to work with participants towards increasing motivation and compliance with protocol (even when a reward is given). These methods require answering questionnaires whenever participants are prompted, several times a day, usually during one week. The content of the questionnaire and the amount of times the participant is prompted to answer during each day, depend on the design of the study. However, regardless of having to answer four or eight times a day, it still disrupts daily life; even if that is not intended. By adding physiological measures to the ESM, researchers are also able to find associations between physiological and psychological functioning; but at the cost of loosing not only rates of compliance, but volunteers. This happens because the procedure becomes even more demanding, and it can cause some distress due to social self-awareness when taking physiological samples.
First of all, I must apologize for not keeping with my scheduled posting, but having to travel, and finally meeting with the husband left me with little time (and mood) to write. Another reason was that I actually was looking into something to post, but after long research and consideration I decided not to write about it. The reason was mainly because it had to do with politics, and a foreign country, and I believe, no matter how much research you do, there’s nothing like being or living there to emit an opinion, specially when most of what I read are political views and opinions. Hence, after careful consideration, I decided to go back to more firm grounds.