Quantified Self – Design and Implementation of Participant-Led Research

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Azure Grant and Gary Wolf

September 3, 2019
Lipid testing device
Illustration: Azure Grant

“THE QUANTIFIED SELF is about making personally relevant discoveries using our own self-collected data. We call this practice everyday science, a name that emphasizes its nonprofessional character. Lately we’ve begun organizing small group projects that show how collaboration can make individual projects easier. Sometimes, joining forces with others who share our question can make it possible to create both personal and generalizable health knowledge. Following the scholar Effy Vayena, we use the term “participant-led research” (PLR) to describe this approach.”

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