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CheckingIn and Emotional Well-Being

COVID-19 Research Area(s): Mental Health & Wellbeing

This project explores a secondary data base of existing reports from voluntary users of an app. Checkingin is a freely available iPhone app that users can use to report and log their emotions over time using a text box, their energy level using a numerical indicator, and the context in which the report is being made (textbox). The present project seeks to analyze these data to determine if these self-reports are capable of detecting general emotional shifts in well-being under times of great stress, as in the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the data will be analyzed using standard statistical tools to see what emotions were reported most frequently prior to, and then during, the pandemic. This will compliment already-published laboratory-based research that relies on retrospective recall.