Self-Experimentation

Seth Roberts is an interesting psychologist.  He seems to have built up quite a following from non-academics, as well as academics, due to self-experimentation.

Seth notes self-experimentation has several advantages over mainstream academic approaches. 1) Time: the self-experimenter doesn’t have to deal with coordinating with lots of people so she can rapidly and easily perform one experiment after another.   2) Freedom: the self-experimenter has freedom to study whatever she wants.  and 3) Motivation: the self-experimenter has more reason to study something that matters and get the answer right.

Seth has used self-experimentation to develop a novel approach to weight loss, and a number of other simple interventions for health and well-being.  I won’t vouch for each one, but I do think we could all benefit from introducing a pit more systematic self-experimentation in our lives.

See Seth’s more academic writeups here and here, blog writeups here, and here.  Log your own experiment here.

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One Response to Self-Experimentation

  1. […] On Self-Experimentation – via Permutations- Seth Roberts is an interesting psychologist. He seems to have built up quite a following from non-academics, as well as academics, due to self-experimentation. Seth notes self-experimentation has several advantages over mainstream academic approaches. 1) Time: the self-experimenter doesn’t have to deal with coordinating with lots of people so she can rapidly and easily perform one experiment after another. 2) Freedom: the self-experimenter has freedom to study whatever she wants. and 3) Motivation: the self-experimenter has more reason to study something that matters and get the answer right. […]

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