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A simple location-tracking app for psychological research

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>27/11/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Behavior Research Methods
Number of pages7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date27/11/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Location data gathered from a variety of sources is particularly valuable when it comes to understanding individuals and groups. However, much of this work relies on participants’ active engagement to regularly report their location. More recently, smartphones have been used to assist with this process, but while commercial smartphone applications are available, these are often expensive and not designed with researchers in mind. In order to overcome these and other related issues, we have developed a freely available Android application that logs location accurately, stores data securely, and ensures participants can provide consent or withdraw from a study at any time. Further recommendations and R code are provided to assist with subsequent data analysis.