Activity, Coping, Emotions, Stress & Sleep Study

This project is maintained by JWiley

Activity, Coping, Emotions, Stress & Sleep (ACES) Study

This 12-day study examines the relations between everyday hassles, coping, health behaviours and emotions.

You are eligible to participate if you:

This study involves:

Participants will be reimbursed up to $60 Coles electronic voucher if completing all assessments


If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch:

This project has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee: Project #2017-8245.

To sign up, read and fill out the form below or open the form on a separate page by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why wear the ActiGraph watch on the non-dominant wrist? Can I wear it somewhere else?

The point of wearing the actigraph watch on the non-dominant wrist is to help standardize across everyone who participates.  Previous studies show that activity measurements are different when the same ActiGraph is worn on the wrist or ankle, or somewhere else. It is also a bit different if worn on the non-dominant or dominant wrist. To make sure we can compare across days and different people, it is really important that everyone wear the ActiGraph watch on the non-dominant wrist.
If there are parts of the day you cannot have it on your wrist, the best thing is to take the watch off, and then put it back on when you are done.

Why collect location information?

Part of the value of this study is that most health and psychology research is done in laboratories or very artificial contexts.  Having daily surveys completed in everyday life and using location data to shed light on how environments influence people’s feelings and behaviour is on the cutting edge of science, and more importantly may help the research you are participating in be more relevant to people where it really matters: in everyday life, not in the laboratory.

Below are three examples of questions we will answer with location information and your help and participation.

As mentioned in the explanatory statement and consent:

The mobile app will also use your smartphone to collect location information to help us understand environmental factors that may influence results. If you do not wish location information to be collected, you may request this information not to be collected.

Know that we take your privacy and confidentiality very seriously.  We will never disclose specific location data to anyone or in any publications.  Even on the study team, the only personnel with access to the location data is the lead researcher who will personally create the aggregate variables from location information (like number of places visited daily), so that no one else has access to your specific location information.  Other study members will only ever access the aggregated variables.  Access to location data is also carefully secured using encryption and strong passwords: 12 or more characters including numbers (0-9), letters (a-zA-Z), and special characters (e.g., *, $, etc.).