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Self-experimentation as a source of new ideas--Ten examples about sleep, mood, health, and weight

Submitted by dave on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 5:21pm


I will be discussing this in more detail in future posts. For now I simply want to draw your attention to this article that appeared in BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES.


Seth Roberts, "Self-experimentation as a source of new ideas: Ten examples about sleep, mood, health, and weight" (2004). Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 27 (2), pp. 227-288. Postprint available free at:


Little is known about how to generate plausible new scientific ideas. So it is noteworthy that 12 years of self-experimentation led to the discovery of several surprising cause-effect relationships and suggested a new theory of weight control, an unusually high rate of new ideas.

That sounds a lot like what some of us are doing at


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