How observations on oneself can be scientific

David A. Booth
2004 Behavioral and Brain Sciences  
The design and interpretation of self-experimentation need to be integrated with existing scientific knowledge. Otherwise observations on oneself cannot make a creative contribution to the advance of empirical understanding. Seth Roberts is right to argue that experiments on oneself are unduly neglected in contemporary science. Unfortunately, however, Roberts has misapplied scientific method in the studies that he describes running on himself. There are four types of flaw in his claims to have
more » ... vidence for some effects of visual exposure, movement practices, or food selection on expressed mood, perceived sleep, symptoms of a cold, or body weight.
doi:10.1017/s0140525x04220064 fatcat:kbc7zzui7vccdhh56j6oggrmw4