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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.

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Professor Tamlin Conner with genetics collaborator Professor Tony Merriman.

Research Support from

Health Research Council
Marsden Foundation
Zespri International
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]

Research Articles

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