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Descriptive experience sampling (DES) is a method of describing inner experience (i.e., directly apprehended thoughts, feelings, sensations, etc.). DES includes “iterative” sequences of random, natural-environment, beeper-driven sampling of inner experiences followed by an expositional interview that seeks to apprehend and describe those inner experiences in high-fidelity. DES investigators claim that these iterative sequences increase the participant’s DES skills. The present study tests that claim by investigating whether participants demonstrate higher skills in their very-last-sample interviews than they exhibited in their own very-first-sample interviews. The very-last-sample and very-first-sample interviews of six participants were quantitatively and qualitatively examined. We found that participants in very-first-sample interviews used frequent subjunctifiers that suggested that phenomena were not apprehended, whereas in their very-last- sample interviews they used subjunctifiers that suggested that they had apprehended phenomena adequately but their descriptions were falling short of describing those phenomena in high fidelity. Furthermore, very-last-sample interview turns were judged to be cleaving significantly more adequately to experience apprehended at-a-moment than were very-first-sample interview turns. These results are consistent with the view that DES skill increases across iterative sampling rounds. Implications for DES and other first-person methods are discussed.
descriptive experience sampling; inner experience; introspection; iterative training; self-report; subjunctification
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kaneshiro, Cody Michio, "First-Day Expositional Interviews, Iterative Training, and Participant Skill in Descriptive Experience Sampling" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4420.
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