SyncSurvey, a provider of web-enabled data collection, market research and survey software, recently helped psychology researchers at American University in Washington, DC, complete a study on depression.

The researchers at used SyncSurvey’s ResearchPro in a study of clinical behavior aimed at exploring factors that contribute to daily fluctuations in body image and depressed mood. They were able to create an index of “Emotional Reactivity” which represents the degree to which a participant’s mood changes in response to everyday stress.

The index and other preliminary data from the study will be used to predict the later development of symptoms of depression and eating disorders; will highlight patterns of emotional response to stress that might be targeted in psychological interventions; and will serve as the foundation for larger-scale Experience Sampling studies and grant proposals to the National Institute for Mental Health.