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Programmer/Systems Analyst working mostly in PHP/HTML/CSS. Enthusiast follower of User Experience topics and solutions.


Dec
20
comment Is all vision based on movement?
@AAM that's possible, I know it was a case of something constantly moving, keeping the visual field from being perfectly stationary, and I know there's something that keeps the perceived image stable due to constant head movements, but that might not be the cause of this.
Aug
23
comment What is the effect of Social Proof on Conversion Rate?
@Taal ah, that's interesting to know at least. And I'm unsurprised you can't share; marketers are bad at sharing, heh.
Jun
28
comment Why prefer “99% fat free” to “1% fat”?
An interesting thing about milk is that the "fat" is generally left implied, it's not "1% fat" milk, usually just "1% milk", and "whole" milk instead of 3% fat
May
16
comment Getting started with EEG data
By PyTom you mean this, right? biochem.mpg.de/en/rg/foerster/Content_Software/PyTom/index.html Was going to edit in a link for clarity but I'm not familiar with it so I'm not sure if that's what you mean
Mar
21
comment How to tell a diagnosis from an actual state?
Note that certain criteria are hard requirements; a patient that has more than the minimum number of symptoms but lacks other requirements still won't be diagnosed.
Mar
20
comment Why do humans like being touched?
Take a look for articles on Emotional touch
Mar
1
comment What is the bias/thought process that results in distrust of “formal” knowledge in favor of “folk” knowledge?
@baixiwei I'm not talking distrust of a single scientist, but rather large volumes of throughly proven data. It seems very strange to accept so many scientific things as simple fact (few doubt gravity, the weather, electricity) but certain other things are trumped by folk knowledge for some (vaccines, astrology, homeopathy)
Feb
6
comment What is the proper term for the synchronization of eye movements?
I'm also seeing binocular fusion and convergence coming up; are those basically synonyms or distinct concepts?
Nov
13
comment How much red/orange is needed to stimulate hunger?
It's fairly common knowledge in marketing groups. It just seems to be one of those things everyone knows, but no one knows why everyone knows. I just meant it's hard to separate marketing myths from research based stuff.
Nov
13
comment How much red/orange is needed to stimulate hunger?
Not sure of the relevance of the second study; dyed food is inherently different from a red * environment*, the first is sort of interesting though. Like many things in marketing it may be well known just because everyone knows it...
Sep
26
comment Can non-verbal communication in interpersonal relationships be taught rather than acquired?
With the exception of emotional expression (the "faces" of certain emotions like anger and fear have been found to be rather common across many species) I'm not sure many forms of communication could not be considered acquired.
Sep
19
comment Is there a reasonably valid and reliable self-measure of computer literacy?
Okay example questions, but not quite what I was hoping for
Sep
18
comment Is there a reasonably valid and reliable self-measure of computer literacy?
This question was inspired by How to best ask for computer experience in a survey? and How to measure self reported computer proficiency? Ideally with one item on User Experience
Sep
18
comment What is the threshold where actions are perceived as “instant”?
This question was inspired by Defining “Instantaneous” as part of usability acceptance criteria over on User Experience
Sep
18
comment How do we get used to smells?
Some more interesting information on olfactory habituation: chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/33/2/163.full
Sep
17
comment How do we get used to smells?
Too lazy to answer, but en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habituation
Sep
14
comment Could Fitts Law be used to measure difficulty in platform genre games?
Interesting idea to measure jump-by-jump difficulty; it'd have to be a very simple game or a very rough metric to work as expected though, a lot more tends to factor into games than distance and target size. Fitt's law also doesn't take into account gravity; higher platforms are much harder to reach, or may be impossible to reach, I think a modification would be needed.
Sep
14
comment What research has been done on attachment types in other primates?
From a deleted answer, here's a related article: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/…
Sep
11
comment Is Golden Ratio's association with perceived beauty a myth?
Er, that's a pretty abusive example don't you think? David looks like a freak in the non-golden ratio versions. Not because the lack of Golden Ratio, but because of the inhuman proportions
Sep
3
comment Chunking Patterns and Enjoyment of Applying Patterns
"When bored" doesn't...really make sense at all. Chunking just happens when we're trying to learn things. Sure sometimes we seek things to learn when bored, but saying boredom is a necessary part is pretty absurd. Not sure there's going to be specific research about that though; it's not an idea I've ever heard in the context of real psychology