Happiness and well-being; mood; health; experience sampling methods, ecological momentary assessment
My research centres on the science of well-being. The core of my research is methodological: I use computerised experience sampling methods and other ambulatory assessment techniques to measure how people think, feel, and behave in real-time in the context of their daily lives.
This approach can reveal patterns in well-being not found with standard questionnaire approaches.
In my Daily Experiences Lab, I conduct a range of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of emotional experience and physical health. Projects include the nutritional and genetic predictors of mood and well-being; randomised controlled trials of the effects of fruit and vegetable intake on mood and well-being; and, research related to university student alcohol use. I also use smartphones as intervention tools to improve the health behaviours and well-being in young adults. Social and personality psychology interests include emotions, positive psychology, Big-5 personality traits, and everyday creativity.
Research Support from
Health Research Council
University of Otago Research Grants
Otago Medical Research Foundation
Mehl, M. R., & Conner, T. S. (Editors) (2012). Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life. New York, New York: Guilford Press.
Selected Methodology Articles
Riordan, B. C., Cody, L., Flett, J. A. M., Conner, T. S., Hunter J., & Scarf, D. (2019). The development of a single item FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) scale. Current Psychology. [PDF]
Riordan, B. C., Scarf, D, Moradi, S., Flett, J. A. M., Carey, K. B., & Conner, T. S. (2017). The accuracy and promise of personal breathalysers for research: Steps towards a cost-effective objective measure of alcohol use? Digital Health, 3, 1-5. [PDF]
Polak, M. A., Richardson, A. C., Flett, J. A. M., Brookie, K. L., & Conner, T. S. (2015). Measuring mood: Considerations and innovations for nutrition science. In L. Dye, and T. Best (Eds.) Nutrition for Brain Health and Cognitive Performance (pp. 95 – 122). London, UK: Taylor and Francis. [PDF]
Conner, T. S., & Mehl, M. R. (2015). Ambulatory Assessment – Methods for studying everyday life. In R. Scott, S. Kosslyn, and N. Pinkerton (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. [PDF]
Conner, T. S., & Lehman, B. (2012). Getting started: Launching a study in daily life. In M. R. Mehl and T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life (pp 89 – 107). New York, NY: Guilford Press. [PDF]
Conner, T. S., Tennen, H., Fleeson, W. & Barrett, L. F. (2009). Experience sampling methods: A modern idiographic approach to personality research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3(3), 292-313. [PDF]
Conner, T.S., Barrett, L. F., Tugade, M. M. & Tennen, H. (2007). Idiographic personality: The theory and practice of experience sampling. In R. W. Robins, R. C. Fraley, & R. Kreuger (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in personality psychology (pp.79 – 98). New York, NY: Guilford Press. [PDF]