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I graduated UNC-CH with a BS in Psychology and minor in CS. Afterwards I worked at Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. My research experience thus far has dealt primarily with attention and memory, with special focus the default-mode network. I am now a PhD student in Computer Science at NC State University studying Human-Computer Interaction.


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comment Why do humans have sex in private?
@Preece I'm not sure what the case is for children growing up in nudist colonies -and I'll remove my comment if I can't find evidence otherwise - but just because something is a certain way now does not mean that it didn't bias evolution. What I mean is that exposing genitals might be related to spreading disease of some kind, but I haven't had time to search for a reference. I'll be back.
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comment Why do humans have sex in private?
Right, sorry. No offense Piotr. Okay I know Pinker mentions this somewhere, I'll find it...
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answered Why do humans have sex in private?
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comment What is the mechanism explaining the effect of a positive attitude on immune system functioning?
Aren't there sometimes significant results from placebo effect? Even if they are minimal, is it just through unconscious changes in behavior that better the recovery process? Even that is an answer, if there have been studies.
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comment What is the mechanism explaining the effect of a positive attitude on immune system functioning?
I was thinking there must be studies done to test the effect of positive attitude on cancer recovery, which I thought was something doctors recommend, but I see now there are is no such evidence.
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comment What is the mechanism explaining the effect of a positive attitude on immune system functioning?
Well the mechanism could be social - positive emotions could elicit and strengthen social bonds which could affect some socially mediated source like hormones--> NTs. Thus, higher cortical processes can affect immune system functioning indirectly through social information.
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comment What is the mechanism explaining the effect of a positive attitude on immune system functioning?
Thank you, the question looks greatly improved! As you predicted, I'm looking for the mechanism if there is one.
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answered Is it possible to measure the working memory of a non-human animal?
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answered Controlling for response bias in a forced choice memory task
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