Ah, the IRB. This is Institutional Review Board, a very necessary function of any human centered research. As there has been deliberate and inadvertent abuse of humans in the far and recent past, the IRB has been set up to ensure that humans are treated properly in research.
Regardless that we are not doing biological, but cognitive research, the team will still undergo an IRB review for approval.
Now I must say, as an artist this is a revelation. I briefly did an IRB when I took my User Experience class during my Serious Game Design Certificate Program at Michigan State, but as we were interviewing, the IRB training was very minimal.
IRB in the human sciences is extremely, intense. I, the artist, did have to take some of the training modules multiple times in order to glean enough knowledge to pass the written tests. It was TOUGH. But did get though.
We are putting together all, and I mean it is A LOT of material together for hopefully October IRB. Dr. Velez, Keene and Corwin are doing most of the writing for the proposal and I will be working on the illustration for the Test, and the visual narrative. Every thing that we will use, regardless of how insignificant it seems, will need to be put forward for review.