Thursday, 18. April 2019, Library, Room 154, DAY 1, THEORY & SCIENCE LECTURE: Modeling Dynamic Systems over Time: Using State Space Grids for Moment-by-Moment Analysis

from 18. April 2019 - 9:00 till 15:00

Library, Room 154

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Although some methods allow researchers to investigate sequential occurrences, these methods are more about relative probabilities for a specific change (lag). This specific type of methodology does not capture how events occur in real time and over a second-by-second or minute-by-minute time lapse. This is of unique interest to those wanting to hone, refine, and improve their interventions. Unfortunately, the current training in the aforementioned methodology is lacking for family scientists and practitioners.
In the **** of this, newer methods have been created and tested that allow researchers to ask unique questions about moment by moment change. The State Space Grid method (SSG; Lewis, Lamey, & Douglas, 1999) is a “method for analyzing synchronized event sequences based on Dynamic System (DS) principles” (Hollenstein, 2007, p. 2; Please see this list for recent publications: ). According to Dynamic Systems Theory, a system can only be in one state at any moment, yet they can change from state to state over time (Hollenstein, 2007). The range of all possible states is called the state space. Those states that are stable and recurrent are called attractors—states to which the system frequently returns.
Conversely, states that rarely or never occur are called repellors, such as empathy when feeling misunderstood, unfairly characterized, etc. SSGs allow a “dyad’s behavioral trajectory (sequence of behavioral states observed during an interaction) to be plotted as it proceeds in real time on a grid representing all possible behavioral combinations” (Hollenstein, 2007, p. 7). This methodology also many applications including socioemotional development, therapy processes, relationship dynamics, sport psychology, cognition and emotion, etc.—and can model dyadic and triadic processes over time.
Two Day Intensive Workshop (Register separately for each day's session)
Day One: Thursday, April 18th from 9 AM to 3 PM
This day will be broken into 2 parts, with about 3 hours covering the background and theory, techniques, and reviews the various ways that SSGs have been used. Following lunch, Tom will cover the details of Gridware© so participants can become familiar with all the features.
Day Two: Friday, April 19th from 8:30 AM to Noon
First, Tom will show examples of analyses using sample data sets. Second, participants will bring their own data, and Tom will help with importing the data into Gridware© and then guide analyses. The goal is to have these participants fully trained in the methods and even write up results by the end of the workshop.

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