Physical Activity Monitor Research
A key focus in our lab is on improving the validity and utility of measures of physical activity and considerable work is aimed at the use of accelerometry-based activity monitors. Some specific lines of research are summarized below and on the associated pages.
A key area of work in our lab is focused on improving the accuracy and utility of physical activity assessments. Our lab conducts validity and reliability studies as well as methodology papers on appropriate methods for processing and interpreting data from these types of accelerometry - based monitors. Click here to see summaries of this work and listings of papers from our lab in this area.
Our lab supports open-source processing methods and will be working to post updates on our data processing methods online so that they can be easily accessed and used. Click here for more info.
The refinement of methods for processing monitors-based data is central to our related research on calibration of report-based measures. Click here to access that page.
Work in the lab has explored the validity and utility of many consumer - based activity monitors that have sprung up in the market (e.g. FitBit (Force / Flex), Direct Life, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone UP, Basis, Larklife, Garmin VivoFit, Magellan Echo, Mio Alpha, Misfit Shine, Polar Loop etc...). Click here for more info.