[visionlist] Highly cited publications on vision in which authors were also subjects?

William K. Stell wstell at ucalgary.ca
Wed May 27 14:13:41 -04 2020

Yes - a HUGE YES - to John Robson, whose paper with Fergus Campbell on contrast sensitivity (1968 JPhysiol, 197:551-566) - "The authors acted as subjects" - is one of my all-time favourites.

Many thanks, John.



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Hi Gabriel,

I concur with John. In my lab you can’t get away with not being a subject in your own psychophysical experiment, for the simple reason that you need to know what artefacts to control, naive subjects won’t tell you this interesting information. I am a subject in almost all of my normal psychophysics and imaging.



On May 27, 2020, at 11:47 AM, John Robson <jgr11 at cam.ac.uk<mailto:jgr11 at cam.ac.uk>> wrote:


I believe that both Fergus Campbell and I developed quite a reputation for asking authors of drafts of psychophysical papers about the subjective experience of being an experimental subject. We both always felt that the design of experiments should take into account what it was like to be a subject and it was always desirable for authors to be among the subjects. You will find that all the most cited psychophysical papers of both Campbell and myself rely heavily (if not exclusively) on reports of observations made by their authors.

John Robson

On May 27 2020, Gabriel Diaz wrote:

Dear vision community,

In response to a recent proposal to my IRB, I have received a request to
provide examples of manuscripts in which the PI is also the subject in the
manuscript.  I am hoping that some of you may be able to help me track some
down. The more impactful the better, whether that be indicated by citation
count, recognition of the publication venue, or any other metric, as long
as it will be evident to a non-expert.

Extra points if the study involves some element of motor behavior /
perception & action.

Thanks in advance,
- gD

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