PROJECT RIM: OBSERVATIONAL DATA COLLECTION
Medical research interim rept.
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD
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The purpose of the report is to describe the methodology developed on Project RIM to collect a large and systematic body of observational data for small groups confined for 21-day periods. The data collection was accomplished by two techniques a a comprehensive behavior log systematically gathered by trained observers, and b the automated recording of video samples. The introductory section includes a brief description of Project RIM and details of the rationale for collecting subtle indices of social-psychological functioning. In subsequent sections, attention is focused on the behavior-log and video- sample observational techniques, a description of the data collected, and a description of the behavioral measures derived from the data collected, such as alone vs. together activity, and body and eye orientation.