Self‐Recording of Everyday Life Events: Origins, Types, and Uses

Ladd Wheeler*, Harry T. Reis

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

428 Citations (Scopus)


ABSTRACT In this article we review the history of the scientific use of self‐recording and conclude that there are three basic methods: (a) interval‐contingent, in which respondents report on their experiences at regular intervals, (b) signal‐contingent, in which respondents report when signaled, and (c) event‐contingent, in which respondents report whenever a defined event occurs. We then discuss the relative merits of these techniques for answering different questions. Finally, we note that self‐recording of small events is a departure from the science of psychology as typically practiced, requiring an acceptance of reality as defined by respondents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-354
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of personality
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Self‐Recording of Everyday Life Events: Origins, Types, and Uses'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this