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Sep
13
comment Does the fusiform face area in patients with Prosopagnosia (face blindness) show lower activity under an fMRI?
I'm not really loving the brain-injury tag @BenBrocka... I guess it fits given that the tag covers congenital disorders, but it doesn't feel right to me...
Sep
13
revised Does the fusiform face area in patients with Prosopagnosia (face blindness) show lower activity under an fMRI?
rolled back to a previous revision
Sep
13
revised Does the fusiform face area in patients with Prosopagnosia (face blindness) show lower activity under an fMRI?
rolled back to a previous revision
Sep
13
comment What happens when a person “imagines” how food could taste like just from looking at it?
I found a reference to what I was talking about. I don't know if it has a name, but it appears from what I have read that it's specific to motor tasks. I am unsure if the same thing would apply to taste. I am excited to see what answers others give!
Sep
12
comment At what point does a complex become pathological?
Artem makes great points in the answer he posted, and his advice (the way I read it, please correct me if I am wrong @Artem!) is more of how to learn more about cognitive sciences and ask good questions. We often get questions which show no research effort. It's better to read up on topics (or answers on this site) and then ask 8specific* followup questions. Asking questions without researching at all will result in closed questions. (But you didn't do that)
Sep
12
comment At what point does a complex become pathological?
I personally think your question is fine. It references a source, so you have done (some) initial research, and you have a specific question you're asking for clarification on. You have 3 upvotes and no flags or downvotes. So to me (another non-expert in the field) the question looks good!
Sep
12
revised At what point does a complex become pathological?
Added book link
Sep
12
comment Why do some individuals enjoy watching horror movies?
Thanatos, I had to close your question as it was too broad for this site and as Artem mentioned, it doesn't meet our initial research standards. Please don't be discouraged! You received a fairly good answer; please do research this further and ask more detailed followup questions (or totally unrelated questions)
Sep
12
comment What happens when a person “imagines” how food could taste like just from looking at it?
What's fascinating is that just thinking about an activity activates the same parts of the brain as actually doing the activity. I'll let somebody else answer this though as I am too busy at the moment to provide a full answer with references.
Sep
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on synesthesia tag wiki excerpt
Sep
9
comment Cultural brain hypothesis and gene-culture co-evolution
@TimTyler your answer was converted to a comment because we're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Please feel free to expand your comment into with more detail and post it as an answer again. Then you'll be able to get upvotes on your answer.
Sep
6
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
1
comment Is there cognizance or meta-awareness of classical conditioning?
Has it been shown that participants in studies are actually aware that they are starting to associate the conditioned stimulus with either the unconditioned stimulus or the conditioned response That's a really interesting question to me as well!
Aug
31
revised What is the average amount of new vocabulary adults retain when learning a second language?
Grammar improvements. I think that last paragraph can go also, but will wait a bit
Aug
23
comment Why do humans have sex in private?
@PiotrMigdal Personally, I downvoted because this answer does not cite any sources, and on this site answers are expected to cite prior research.
Aug
23
comment Why do humans have sex in private?
OK everybody, let's please keep the comments constructive, friendly, concise and on topic... thanks! If we'd like to have extended discussions, let's take them to chat.
Aug
22
accepted Which type of stimulus results in an optimal learning curve for rats and mice?
Aug
21
comment Which type of stimulus results in an optimal learning curve for rats and mice?
Great answer, thanks!
Aug
21
accepted Does teaching a bird an artificial task like eating from a feeder hurt its performance in the wild?
Aug
17
comment Are there any personality theories that use the scientific method?
I've cleaned up the comments on this question because they were outdated after the question was split up. If anyone wants their old comments let me know, I can copy and paste them back.