This just came in as a comment, I’m reposting as a post. I don’t know the author and have not corresponded with them as of yet. I can confirm that the originating email address has a upen.edu footprint.
Hi, You are being invited to participate in a research study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. Your participation is voluntary which means you can choose whether or not you want to participate. The Laboratory of Cognition and Neural Stimulation at the University of Pennsylvania is involved in research using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). In recent years this technology has increased in popularity, and evidence suggests that some individuals may be constructing their own stimulators for personal use. We are interested in examining the reasons behind this. Please answer the questions below, and email them to email@example.com to give us insight into why people make their own tDCS machines. Questions 1. Where did you first learn about tDCS? 2. Have you built your own tDCS machine? 3. Where did you get the information to build the machine? 4. Why did you want to try brain stimulation? 5. How long have you been using tDCS? 6. What were your experiences with this technology? 7. Did you ever experience any side-effects? The research team may use information about you collected from your responses. By completing the questionnaire, you are giving your consent to participate in this study. Once you email us, your responses are not considered confidential since emails do not protect confidentiality. Thanks, Research Specialist Laboratory of Cognition and Neural Stimulation University of Pennsylvania