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I am a Moderator Pro Tempore for this site. That means I do things like handling flags, approving/rejecting edits, and generally help the community in any way I can. I'm here to help! If you have a question, I try to stay in our chat room almost all the time, even if I'm not at my computer. To get my attention, just post a message in chat with @Josh in it, and I'll respond as soon as I can.

I can also be reached from my website or via email at cogsci -at- josh -dot- gitlin -dot- name. If you have an any issues please don't hesitate to contact me.

I am not actually a Cognitive Scientist. I am a Systems Engineer for Amazon.com, and formerly Chief Technology Officer and the senior software developer at Digital Fruition, LLC. I am an avid user of Stack Exchange sites and fascinated by the workings of the mysterious and complex computer we call the human mind.

I believe firmly in this community and try to do do everything I can to help it grow! I am frequently on Meta where we discuss issues about this site. I'm very approachable. If you have a question or an issue, find me in chat or @ me on one of my posts. While I may not be the most knowledgable user about Cognitive Sciences on our site, I know a lot about Stack Exchange!


Nov
9
comment Does introducing an element of play, hunt, or competition make feeding more rewarding?
Wow, that's great! Now I know I really should come up with some interesting experiments for the birds who feed from the bird feeders at our offices!
Nov
9
comment How does appreciation for music change over time for the same person?
I can tell you from personal experience the answer is a definitive yes. But that's not a scientific answer.
Nov
9
comment What kinds of math to learn for understanding dynamic systems in cognitive science?
Sorry Tyler, I never heard back from you and so I cast the final close vote on this question. Please comment back if you'd like to discuss this with me. I'd be happy to help explain what went wrong here and help you out!
Nov
9
comment What contextual links would make full-text journal articles more useful?
I'm in agreement, this feels too subjective to me. user2366, we expect questions on this site to have a definitive correct answer, and I'm not sure this question has one...
Nov
9
comment How effective are high audio frequencies in commercials in getting audience attention?
As an anecdote, a friend of mine in Film & Video production once used the Emergency Alery System's (turn down your speakers) SAME header in a car commercial. Audiences despised it but the executives of the car company loved it, said it was one of their most successful ad campaigns...
Nov
9
revised How effective are high audio frequencies in commercials in getting audience attention?
Corrected spelling of title
Nov
7
comment Does introducing an element of play, hunt, or competition make feeding more rewarding?
I'll be watching this question intently! Also, see my related question
Nov
3
comment What kinds of math to learn for understanding dynamic systems in cognitive science?
Tyler, you have posted this question on seven different Stack Exchange sites: here, Linguistics, Computational Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, CS Theory, and Philosophy. Cross posting once is frowned upon, let alone six times! Which site do you want this question on?
Nov
2
comment What is a good beginner level book on neuroanatomy?
I crated the following chat room for people to share book recommendations with you, FranciscoD. Please let me know if I can help further!
Nov
2
reviewed Approve What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?
Nov
1
comment How is it that taking a break from a problem sometimes allows you to figure out the answer?
Typically tags on a Stack Exchange site relate to topics for which there are a lot of questions on that site, or topics which users would want to follow. That's sortof what I meant above... but tags are not my strongest area as a mod, and we have some users who are very adept at taxonomy. Please feel free to ask on Meta if those tags should be added Daniel!
Oct
31
comment What is a good beginner level book on neuroanatomy?
Also, after you find a book on neuroanatomy, please do return to ask some questions about it!
Oct
31
comment What is a good beginner level book on neuroanatomy?
@FranciscoD unfortunately, this question is outside the scope of our site. Stack Exchange sites focus on objective questions 8witha single correct answer*. Recommendations for books are off topic. However, our chat system is a good place to get book recommendations, would you like me to create a chat room for you to request recommendations for neuroanatomy books?
Oct
31
comment How is it that taking a break from a problem sometimes allows you to figure out the answer?
I've given you an upvote Daniel -- thank you for the thorough answer! I don't believe that incubation is a large enough concept to warrant it's own tag, and we don't have an insight or a creativity tag used anywhere else, so I'm not sure we need to create those...
Oct
6
comment Is sub-vocalization when reading and writing merely a symptom of lack of fluency?
it uses energy and tires your mind Do you have any references for this?
Oct
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awarded  Nice Question
Sep
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awarded  Enlightened
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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awarded  Custodian
Sep
21
comment What explains habitual or even occasional incidences of self-talk?
Also, do they do it consciously and intentionally, or not? For example, if I am alone and bored or working and bored, I often mutter to myself. But I do it to amuse myself, I don't actually think I'm two different people.