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Collecting Systematic, Introspective Reports of Pharmacological Effects and Side-Effects

Sarma, Gopal P. (2016) Collecting Systematic, Introspective Reports of Pharmacological Effects and Side-Effects. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The study of subjective, first-person experience is a topic with both philosophical and practical implications. In this article, I discuss the value of collecting a critical mass of prose or verbal descriptions of introspectively determined, subjective effects of pharmacological agents. I suggest that datasets of introspective reports fit in the modern research landscape at the intersection of biomedical informatics and the emerging discipline of contemplative neuroscience. I compare the current proposal to Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES), discuss relevant methodological and conceptual issues in the study of introspection, and provide a list of questions for directing future investigation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Sarma, Gopal P.gopal.sarma@emory.edu0000-0002-9413-6202
Keywords: pharmacology, introspection, contemplative neuroscience, data science, philosophy of mind
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Gopal Sarma
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 14:40
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 14:40
Item ID: 12427
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 11 September 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12427

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