For Marginalized Groups, Being Studied Can Be a Burden

January 12, 2021

(Wired) – A decade later, these words still ring true for Florence Ashley, a doctoral student in law at the University of Toronto who cited the post in an article they published in November in the journal Bioethics. In the article, Ashley discusses the idea of research fatigue, which they described in a recent interview with WIRED as occupational burnout for study subjects. “It’s the fact that you’re being overworked,” Ashley says. “It’s also the sense that you’re not contributing to anything of worth. It’s a negative psychological and emotional state in and of itself.”