Category: Group Experiments

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QS18 Preview: Map Your Ovulatory Cycle with Continuous Body Temperature

September 9, 2018

  Surprisingly little of the attention and funding turned to personalized, predictive, preventative medicine has focused on the female reproductive system: pregnancy onset cannot be quickly identified, menopause onset and trajectory remain entirely mysterious, and adverse reactions to tools like hormonal birth control are difficult to anticipate. Importantly, there are no automated, cheap, high-accuracy methods…

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Announcing Blood Testers: A Collaborative QS Project

August 23, 2017

Quantified Self announces a collaborative project for self-testing blood lipids: “Blood Testers.” The project’s long-term goal is to advance progress in self-directed research by better understanding what makes these types of projects succeed or fail. By working with a diverse group of participants, QS hopes a create an example of discovery that is informed by ‘expert’ individuals, highly participatory, and open access.

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Results of The Buttermind Experiment

January 30, 2011

In August, at a Quantified Self meeting in San Jose, I told how butter apparently improved my brain function. When I started eating a half-stick of butter every day, I suddenly got faster at arithmetic. During the question period, Greg Biggers of genomera.com proposed a study to see if what I’d found was true for other people….

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So, you think you can science? The search for the next CitSci study!

November 24, 2010

Fat-rich Thanksgiving preparations have got me thinking an awful lot about my first citizen science study, Butter Mind, in which participants ate half a stick of butter, the equivalent in coconut oil, or nothing, and then performed a simple math test. Butter Mind ran from October 23rd to November 12th. Unfortunately, we were unable to determine…

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Polyphasic Sleep Experiment at Zeo

November 12, 2010

There’s a great new post over at the Zeo blog by an experienced polyphasic sleeper – instead of sleeping in one 8 hour chunk, he breaks it up into three segments throughout the day. In his post he shows how he used Zeo to help optimize sleep quality and create a polyphasic schedule that feels better…

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Will Butter Make You Smarter? Introducing Butter Mind…and Coconut Mind

October 13, 2010

Update: 10/19/10 – Study is now open to users at http://genomera.com/studies/butter-mind Will eating one of these fats improve your math performance?  Based on Seth Roberts’ butter and math study, recently presented at a Bay Area Quantified Self Show & Tell, during which Seth ate half a stick of butter each day and performed better in…

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Stop the Pain! Self-Tracking Migraines and a Live Research Study

April 28, 2009

A common question people ask me is, “Why do you track yourself?” The primary answer, for anyone living with chronic pain, is simple — to help reduce the pain. Migraine, for example, is a chronic condition where self-tracking can have a positive effect. According to the National Headache Foundation, migraine affects 13% of the US…