The brain in the wild: Tracking human behavior in naturalistic settings

Gabriella E.M. Rizzo, Matthew Rizzo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter reviews current development for tracking "the brain in the Wild" and explains how the examined older life gains from this technology in terms of healthy brain aging, independence, and quality of life. Experience Sampling Method (ESM) provides data on frequency, patterns and intensity of daily activity, social interaction, and movement; psychological and conative dimensions, and thoughts, including quality and intensity of thought disturbance. This approach can be applied in normal and clinical populations and is germane to studying the experience of aging. There can be many fruitful applications of networked sensors in normal and in cognitively impaired individuals that are directly relevant to the aging mind and brain. Use of classic ethology combined with novel methods of measurement expands what is already known about the aging brain in ways that are likely to benefit society through increased understanding of changes to daily life that occur during aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook on the Aging Mind and Brain
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781118772034
ISBN (Print)9781118771778
StatePublished - Jun 20 2017


  • Classic ethology
  • Clinical populations
  • Experience sampling method
  • Healthy brain aging
  • Impaired individuals
  • Networked sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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