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
Dr Rachel NowakDirector, The Brain Dialogue, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.
Phone: 0412 794 051
Dr Elizabeth PatonThe Brain Dialogue, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.
Professor Alan PetersenSchool 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.
Finding out what has already been done, and where the knowledge gaps lie
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
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.
We design the survey questions for home users of electrical brain stimulation devices, and formulate our interview questionsEthics application
Apply for permission to conduct this study to Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 0532)
Approval received from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (project number 0532). See the project’s ethics certificate here.
Participant recruitment starts
Start recruiting home users of electrical brain stimulation devices
|DEC 2016||Participant recruitment continues Surveys & interviews|
|JAN 2017||Surveys & interviews continue|
Planning next steps
We will consider the findings and decide what recommendations we can make and what future research is required
Our findings will be shared in research papers, articles, and presentationsWorkshop 2
This workshop will focus on needs of home users