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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 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!


Jul
20
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
I have undeleted this post because it had one other undelete vote, and I think it's a good answer to this question. It's a less-detailed but more-cited version of anongoodnurse's answer. Don't be too swayed by a single downvote :-) If you do really want this deleted please use the flag link on this answer and ask for us to delete it again. Also, +1 for a good answer.
Jun
21
comment Assuming everything has conciousness, can technical hardware have higher level of conciousness than a rock?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about philosophy and not cognitive science.
Feb
1
comment How to ethically research the effect of expert lies on lay people
This doesn't answer the question of What would you tell your participants to allay their doubts over the absence of negative prognoses? And how would you explain that often you do not give a prognosis, without invalidating the prognoses you give?, can you add to this answer to make it complete?
Dec
19
comment What makes us look into camera lens when we're being filmed?
For what it's worth I often take photographs of animals, specifically birds. I have noticed the same behavior. They seem to understand that the camera lens is like a giant eye and will consistently look at it/ keep watching it. It's likely that it's foreign to them and they feel threatened by it but they act differently towards a lens than any other object I have seen them react to...
Dec
16
comment Reference for beginners: psychology
Unfortunetly I have had to close this question because shopping type questions aren't on topic for us here on Stack Exchange. If you'd like further recommendations, consider joining us in chat where book questions like this are permitted, even encouraged: we have a whole room for them
Nov
14
comment How can employee anxiety over poor evaluation be avoided by management?
@Lohoris The data dump of Gamification would have that question. I'll try to do download that and paste the content of it here in the next few days.
Oct
28
comment SSRI Medications and Problem solving
Hello ahmed, welcome to the site! Unfortunetly as per our policy I have had to place your question on hold as "self help" questions are not permitted by our community. Do you think this question could be reworded to be more generic and not as personal? Thanks!
Oct
20
comment “Please enter alphanumeric characters” or “Please enter letters and numbers”?
I also think this should be migrated to UX
Sep
26
comment Which of ML classifiers do humans use?
@Dikran, "Cognitive Sciences" on Stack Exchange does indeed cover machine learning, the "s" in "Sciences" means we're a multidisciplinary site :-)
Sep
16
comment Why do people remember things when they stop trying to remember?
OK @ThinksALot. This also appears to be a dupe of: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/676 and cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/975/…;. If you feel that's wrong please edit your question and explain why. Thanks!
Sep
16
comment Why do people remember things when they stop trying to remember?
Nope, this is a duplicate. Incubation is the term for memory recall also.
Sep
9
comment Are the incidents of autism spectrum disorder on the rise, or is there an increase due to better definition of diagnostic criteria?
I'd be glad to give this question a bounty if you'd like one Beofett! Just let me know.
Sep
6
comment Do repressed memories exist?
This is great information, but doesn't really address the question of repressed memories I don't think.
Sep
6
comment Why do we not remember things from the first couple of years of childhood?
Great answer! Also note that you said you remember more from your childhood than some others, and also much of your mental process is nonverbal, so maybe that means (3) does not apply to you thus you remember more? Just an idea...
Sep
6
comment Are there benefits to learning to write with your non-dominant hand?
Fascinating question!! not sure if perception and personality are the proper tags, but I'm first to admit that tags are not my area of expertise.
Sep
5
comment Are the incidents of autism spectrum disorder on the rise, or is there an increase due to better definition of diagnostic criteria?
@PEEJWEEJ that has been the conventional thinking but Ana is right, a recent study found that the currently accepted thinking might not be correct...
Sep
4
comment Does hypnotherapy/hypnosis, in any form, for any type of disorder, work?
I asked a Meta question which I had based on this question. For now I am leaving this question open because it has an active bounty and has some great answers. I'm cleaning up some of the comments here; if anyone feels I deleted their comment in error, please flag/chat with me and I will restore it. Thanks everyone!
Aug
30
comment What biological processes occur when you love someone romantically?
Can you edit this question and narrow the scope somewhat Miroslav? I think there's a really interesting question here but as it stands an answer could be as long as a book...
Aug
30
comment Why are people afraid of things that they know are harmless or non-existent?
I'd like to try and help you clarify this question if you'd like. Please feel free to ping me in chat if you'd like. For now, I've put it on hold.
Aug
22
comment How do our emotions toward a subject affect our brain activity within similar activities?
Interesting question! And welcome to Cog Sci :-)