November 28, 2019 Joris van Gend

Observational studies

Observation studies are common within the social sciences and especially within psychology related fields. Research in the area of classroom dynamics is no exception and often makes use of a wide variety of observation techniques. Common observation techniques include the recording or observation of participants.

Recording equipment and smartphones

The right recording equipment can make a big impact on your ability to analyze studies. Whether you use television studio like mobile field recording kits, static microphones, camera systems, the analysis or even simple smartphones can be of great use. Luckily the BMS lab has licenses for transcription software Amberscript and its very own Sociometry app. For a reliable analysis a good recording is essential. The assortment of recording equipment at the BMS lab features many items, ranging from the handy Zoom H4N microphones, to full field recording sets. Video recording is also possible thanks to the full sized (television like) cameras, a variety of Go Pros and smartphones.

Amberscript transcription service

Amberscript is an integral part of speech and text analysis in the BMS lab. It allows for the creation of accurate transcripts of multiple people speaking in a wide range of languages. The transcripts do need a correction run, but can feature as excellent input for text analysis in the study of group dynamics. Learn how to sign-up and use Amberscript from our info hub. We do recommend combining the use of Amberscript with high quality recording equipment like the ones described above, as it will lead to a crisper and more easily to transcribe audio file.

A view of the EEG lab from the recording room

Observation rooms

The use of observation rooms has been a long tradition in many fields associated with the social sciences. Through the use of a one-way-mirror one can unobtrusively observe a group of participants that take part in a study. The room allows for live recording and discussions while the session on the other side is going on.