Exploring Inner Experience

The descriptive experience sampling method

| University of Nevada, Las Vegas
| University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Written for the psychologist, philosopher, and layperson interested in consciousness, Exploring Inner Experience provides a comprehensive introduction to the Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) method for obtaining accurate reports of inner experience. DES uses a beeper to cue participants to pay attention to their experience at precisely defined moments; participants are then interviewed to obtain high-fidelity accounts of their experience at those moments. Exploring Inner Experience shows (a) how DES uncovers previously unknown details of inner experience; (b) how the implications of this method affect our understanding of inner experience and the human condition more generally; (c) how DES avoids the traps that destroyed the introspections of the previous century; (d) why DES reports of inner experience should be considered reliable and valid; and (e) how to use the DES method. This book will be basic reading for all psychologists, philosophers, and students interested in consciousness, as well as anyone who is seriously concerned with understanding the human condition.(Series B)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 64]  2006.  xii, 276 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
vii–xii
1. Inner experience
1–11
2. Amy’s Inner Experience
13–29
3. Telling what we know: Describing inner experience
31–39
4. Psychological science’s prescription for accurate reports about inner experience
41–60
5. To beep or not to beep
61–75
6. The Descriptive Experience Sampling procedure
77–92
7. Transcript of a DES Expositional interview
93–105
8. How to do DES: The moment of the beep
107–132
9. A Sampling Journal: Learning about DES
133–149
10. Bracketing presuppositions
151–175
11. Reliability and validity of DES
177–189
12. DES compared to other systems
191–208
13. Everyday inner experience
209–231
14. Implications of inner experience
233–248
15. Idiographic science
249–262
References
263–271
Index
273–276
“The authors' overexuberance notwithstanding their description of the DES technique is compelling, and their dedication, enthusiasm, and experience are beyond doubt. One of the book's central aims is to encourage further use of DES, and despite my concerns about the technique and the ease of implementation, I am inspired to try the technique out during my own research. I am optimistic it will reveal new and surprising information that I look forward to sharing with the authors.”
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research
BIC Subject: JMT – States of consciousness
BISAC Subject: PSY020000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2006040657