January 21, 2018

The Study


What is the study about?

The Mood State in Transport Environments study is a travel survey that explores personal mood, satisfaction, and habit in daily travel, such as commuting, grocery shopping, socializing, and other travel activities.

How does it work?

Our smartphone application Daynamica uses GPS, Wi-Fi/3G/4G/LTE and accelerometer technologies to collect your location data over the course of the day. This data is periodically uploaded, processed, and made available to the researchers along with your answers to a brief survey for each trip.

Who can participate?

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older, and resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas, or Blacksburg/Roanoke area can participate in this pilot study.

Where can I download Daynamica?

You can download Daynamica here.

Where can I learn how to install and use Daynamica?

You can read a Daynamica User Guide here.

What is a trip?

A trip is the result of any movement between two locations to accomplish an activity, usually extending beyond the boundary of a building. Examples of trips include commuting trips to work, shopping trips, socializing trips, leisure trips and personal business trips.

What should I do if I missed the Qualtrics survey during my first time using Daynamica app?

You can access and complete the Qualtrics survey here, or navigate to “Entrance Survey” on the left menu of the app.

Can I use a non-Android phone to participate?

Unfortunately, Daynamica is only compatible with Android OS. We hope to have your participation in the future when the app is configured for other systems.

What are my benefits to participate?

When participating in our study, you will be able to review your travel activity, such as miles traveled, number of trips completed, and how your mood changed throughout the week, among others.

You will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for your full participation. If you are an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech, you have the option to choose three SONA credits as compensation instead of a gift card.

Full participation means you complete the Qualtrics questionnaire, track your trips over one week, and complete a trip survey for at least five (5) trips, and upload one-week data.

What about my privacy?

We keep your information completely confidential. The data will not be stored with any personal information.

What will the results be used for?

The data  will be used to understand factors that affect travel mood and transportation patterns such as mode choice and route choice. This will help policy makers obtain better information to make decisions on transportation investments, including how to enhance travel satisfaction of sustainable modes such as bicycle, foot, and public transit.

Who is conducting this study?

This study is managed by researchers in Urban Affairs & Planning and Psychology at Virginia Tech and the University of Minnesota.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the survey?

For any inquiries about this project, please contact Steve Hankey, PI, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, at hankey@vt.edu, (540) 231-7508.

For technical support, please contact Huyen Le, Research Assistant, at huyenle@vt.edu.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the study’s conduct or your rights as a research subject, or need to report a research-related injury or event, you may contact the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board at irb@vt.edu or (540) 231-3732.