Vitterso et al. (2009): study NO 2005
- Vitterso, J.; Oelmann, H.I.; Wang, A.L.
- Life Satisfaction is not a Balanced Estimator of the Good Life: Evidence from Reaction Time Measures and Self-Reported Emotions.
- Journal of Happiness Studies, 2009, Vol. 10, 1 - 17
- Students and technical staff university, Norway, 2005
- Non-probability accidental sample
- N = 30
- Non Response
Interview: Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI)
The study was conducted in a quiet room, containing a chair and a table with a computerscreen and a keyboard. Participants were taken to the room one by one, and told that the study was about happiness and quality of life, and that they had to answer some questions and conduct some tasks, all of which would be done in front of the computerscreen. The program first asked about background information (age, gender and whether the participants were right handed or left handed). Next the participants answered a series of commonly used subjective well-being questions, such as the Satisfaction With Life Scale and a one item happiness question, and a series of positive emotion and negative emotion items. Participants gave their answers by pressing the number keys on the keyboard as each item was presented on the screen. Finally participants did several recognition tasks.
Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings
- Full text:
Self report on single question:
All things considered, would you say that you are:
1 very unhappy
4 very happy
- Author's label:
- Page in publication:
- Observed distribution
- Summary Statistics
- On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
- 2.97 -
- 0.67 -
Self-actualization (need for)