About

The idea

In cognitive neuroscience, recruiting the sufficient number of relevant participants is a key issue. There is also an increasing need for neuroscientist to access big behavioural datasets in order to generate and test models. My goal is to set up a web-application and a connected smartphone-based platform, in which researchers can advertise their online and/or offline studies, and people from all around the world can participate, and track different experiments.

Furthermore, finding the appropriate journal to publish our results is a long and painful progress in neuroscience, especially when multiple studies set up the same goal, and when reviewers ask to repeat some of the experiments. But what if studies were reviewed from the earliest stage, thus prevent delays, and the unnecessary redundancy?

Goals

Access behav data

Researchers in the platform would access to the results of cognitive tests run on the connected mobile application. There is a default restriction of the datasets to avoid ethical issues. These restrictions could be unlocked for each different cognitive task, if the researcher fullfills the following criteria:

  1. Registered with university e-mail address
  2. The following attachments sent to the editor-team of the task:
    • Reference letter from a supervisor
    • Motivation letter
    • Ethical permission given by their local ethical committee

The allowed researchers first get access to visually see the latest 20 entries of the task. If one researcher contributes to the data collection (invites >50 participant), the researcher could be able to download the whole dataset for detailed analysis.

Suggest new task

Researcher are also encouraged to suggest new tasks for online study. These suggestions are evaluated by a review team. During the evaluation process, reviewers would have the choice to accept the study design, with or without modifications. Alternatively, reviewers could suggest joining to ongoing studies, thus preventing the unnecessary redundancy and delay during the publication process due to inappropriate study design.

The task design should be able to implement of moblie phone devices and to should contain some restricions of soft-hackers (i.e. users who run the task without attending to that)

Advertise

Furthermore, in the platform researchers would also be able to advertise their offline (i.e. fMRI/EEG) study, and make their experiment open for recruitment. Participants registered in the platform would be able to select the task they want to perform, or (based on their location) they can apply for ongoing offline experiments.

Keep the motivation of the users

Researchers often offer some kind of remuneration for the volunteers to participate their task, increasing thus the motivation of the volunteers. However in order to avoid attacks against the website and the application, the direct money dispensation is not ideal. Instead participants gain virtual money for a foundation based on their performance. The foundation that the donation is given to will be selected based on a vote in the platform.

About me

András Puszta MD PhD
Department of Neuropsychology
Helgeland Hospital/UiO
Norway

My vision is to boost cognitive neuroscience by provide platform for the the study-design evaluation process and by making ongoing studies open for literally everyone, getting smartphones and other smart devices connected to everyone’s life involved within the service of neuroscience.