In addition to practicing science, I have from time to time participated as a subject in the studies of other scientists. Here is a short list of the studies that I’ve been a part of:

  • 2006 — Sensory deprivation — I floated ~5 times in a sensory deprivation tank at the Restricted Environmental Stimuli Technique (R.E.S.T.) Flotation Laboratory, Penn State University, University Park, PA. My longest session was ~45 minutes in duration.
  • 2006 — Genetic factors relating to sexual behavior — I donated a drop of my blood and answered a detailed survey concerning my sexual habits for my brother Andrew C. Halley’s study examining covariance between DRD4 gene expression and sexual preferences, at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • 2013 — Raw oyster panel — I consumed 10 raw oysters in the Food Sciences Laboratory, Department of Human Ecology, Delaware State University, Dover, DE. (They were pretty gross!)
  • 2014 — Effects of tDCS stimulation on piano jazz Improvisation — I completed three sessions in which I improvised on piano, following a jazz lead sheet, while receiving transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS), at the Music & Entertainment Technology Lab, Department of Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Apr–July 2014.

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