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Unintended Consequences Research Project Unintended Consequences Research Project

Why are we running the Unintended Consequences project?

People who use electrical brain stimulation devices at home have told us that they use scientific research papers for inspiration and guidance. But these scientific papers are written for scientists, and it’s unclear how useful these are to non-specialists. We wanted to find out. Read more

Our research questions

  • What (if any) experience do home users of electrical brain stimulation devices have with scientific research publications on brain stimulation?
  • To what extent does scientific literature play a role in home users' decision-making regarding their purchase and use of electrical brain stimulation devices?
  • To what extent do current scientific publishing standards and norms influence how non-specialists understand and use scientific literature?
  • In what ways can scholarly publishers adapt their products to meet the needs of their new audiences?
  • On the basis of our findings, what policy and practical responses should be made?

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Who we are

PROJECT LEAD

Dr Rachel Nowak
Director, The Brain Dialogue, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.
Email: rachel.nowak@monash.edu
Phone: 0412 794 051

RESEARCHERS

Dr Elizabeth Paton
The Brain Dialogue, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.
Professor Alan Petersen
School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts. Monash University.

Want to Participate?

If you are someone who has used, or is using, electrical brain stimulation devices at home, and you are interested in participating in this study, please click here.

information for participants

Timeline

JUN 2016 Literature review

Finding out what has already been done, and where the knowledge gaps lie

JUL 2016 Zap My Brain Sydney

Home users, a biomedical engineer, a bioethicist, neuroscientists, a psychiatrist, and others share knowledge at this forum on electrical brain stimulation.

Stakeholder mapping

We work out who is interested in this research, and who has a stake in its findings

AUG 2016 Workshop 1

Scholarly publishing and the lay reader – we learn about the needs, concerns, and current and potential practice of the scientific publishing industry, regarding sharing knowledge with non-specialist readers. Read our report on the workshop here.

SEP 2016 Survey design

We design the survey questions for home users of electrical brain stimulation devices, and formulate our interview questions

Ethics application

Apply for permission to conduct this study to Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 0532)

OCT 2016 Ethics approval

Approval received from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 0532). See the project’s ethics certificate here.

NOV 2016 Participant recruitment starts

Start recruiting home users of electrical brain stimulation devices

DEC 2016 Participant recruitment continues Surveys & interviews
JAN 2017 Surveys & interviews continue
FEB 2017 Planning next steps

We will consider the findings and decide what recommendations we can make and what future research is required

MAR 2017 Findings shared

Our findings will be shared in research papers, articles, and presentations

Workshop 2

This workshop will focus on needs of home users