I'm so new to the hobby and therefore all its aspects are like discovering the customs of a foreign culture to me. Since I'm in grad school and my brain processes things only when it's in the format of a research paper, I got to wondering: do any of you know about scientific research done on the BJD hobby? This could be anything: cultural differences in the hobby between eastern and western hobbyists, any psychological or sociological aspect (why people collect; dolls' therapeutic potential; the doll-buyers demographic; the less savoury social aspects of the hobby; anything); the history of their existence and emergence written down in a more academic format (or art history on dolls as a whole?); even papers about the economics of it are welcome. (Extra points if someone has philosophical writings on dolls in general. You'd make my philosopher's heart a happy one.) If no such thing exists to your knowledge, why do you think that is? Recently things like fanfiction have begun to be taken seriously in academic fields, and I think the BJD community would be a wonderful and rich topic for research. Yet I also understand that many people (the ones that hold the funds, mostly) might not think it 'serious' enough to merit that kind of attention.