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Depends on the pattern of how this occurs -- the situation, consistency, and severity. If across situations, across different other people, and across different settings, this would indicate a personality trait. The person might be unaware of the social cues of others and draw attention to ideas that are interesting to them. Most people are interested in ...


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That's great that you have this ability -- it's your "special power". I don't believe there is a special term for "intense preoccupations with narrow subjects", but such behavior is a common, but not necessary, feature of Asperger Syndrome or AD. AD does occur more often in men than women. According to this paper, prevalence in men is between 2-4X greater ...


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With regard to the relationship between the brain and complexity theory, I think it's important to remember that the brain hardly ever comes up with exact solutions to problems and seems to prefer inductive reasoning to deduction. (How to induce a minesweeper strategy computationally) Furthermore, we mostly conjure up approximations. Précis of Bayesian ...


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There is a workload measure called the NASA-TLX (Task Load Index), one component of which measures mental workload. It is self-reported workload, however, and also requires interrupting most tasks, so it has some theoretical as well as practical weaknesses. There is also decently good data that working memory load can be extracted from theta-band activity ...


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According to Bruce & Young model (1986), face recognition is composed of 2 main sub-processes, one more "perceptive" (called structural encoding) and the other one more "associative" (fru, pin, name generation). Bruce & Young model A person with "apperceptive prosopagnosia" cannot create a precise percept, that is a mental representation of who he's ...


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Apparently at least some are able to portrait people realistically, some like Chuck Close even photorealistically: http://www.slhuang.com/blog/2012/12/19/prosopagnosia-a-tale-of-someone-with-face-blindness/ One of the weirdest things about all of this is that I’m an artist—a pretty good artist—and when I draw a portrait, it looks like that person’s ...


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I have speculated that it arises from two cognitive biases — but pardon that I will present my conjecture without citations. (This isn't my focal area) our bias for music shows we dis-prefer arhythmic noises. the arhythmic noise is unpredictable. I think there may also be dissonance between a sympathetic response (to hunger at food odors and others' ...


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I don't know if you want this type of answer, but I would like to focus on conceptual issues as well that I thought as necessary. Well, to ask if a certain approach to the meaning of dreams is better or more accurate, one has first to ask if dreams have meaning and this also requires a definition of meaning. As for the first question, there is an approach ...


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The first option is to investigate exactly what his worries are and to put them in perspective. Often, people catastrophize their fears, imagining the worst possible scenario for a given situation. While that outcome may be a realistic possibility, often is not the only or even the most likely possibility. For instance, is he afraid that people will think ...


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There are two sound pathways by which we hear: bone conduction and air conduction. The air conduction pathway involves vibrations in the air being transmitted from the ear drum, through the bones of the middle ear, which act as a lever, to our fluid filled inner ear. The lever acts as an impedance matcher between the air and fluid filled inner ear. It ...


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The location of a sound is defined on three dimensions: distance, elevation, and azimuth. When the distance between a listener and a sound source is changed there is a change in the overall level as well as the relative levels of direct and reverberant sound energy. When the elevation is changed the overall level and the direct to reverberant ratio say ...


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That moment is often called the "aha moment", the Eureka effect, or more generally, insight. There is literature on it, but as you might expect, it is a pretty difficult thing to produce in a lab. Some references: The AHA! experience: Creativity through emergent binding in neural networks. Thagard, Paul; Stewart, Terrence C.. Cognitive Science35.1 (Jan-Feb ...


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Yes, writing can indeed help yu. Writing ona paper will reaally help you to learn. It is the same concept as you see something. Everyone knows that pictorial representation is the best. You can alwasy memorize it that what you see or even that you can hear. Because it has larger impact on the brain. The brain will learn from the impact. The more the impact ...


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Short answer: Mind and brain are the same system, and reading the mind is just a matter of a) knowing which brain states represent the (more abstract) 'mind' information you are trying to read, and b) being able to monitor these states with appropirate technology. Long answer: what is to some extent right when he/she says that "mind" is not a ...



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