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


Sep
1
comment Chunking Patterns and Enjoyment of Applying Patterns
I can confirm that "chunking" is a very real and effective thing, this is the first time I've heard "chunking is fun" however and I can't find any yay/nay saying on the latter topic.
Aug
30
comment Is religiousness a genetically heritable feature?
@ChuckSherrington there are purported measures for "religiousness" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… not sure what the current accepted one(s) may be, if any.
Aug
8
comment Is there a correlation between facial features and personality?
See blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/journal-of-health-sciences/…
Aug
8
comment Can we smell in dreams?
On it's face this is an interesting question (with a great answer) I think the problem with the question is the lack of (apparent) prior research. I haven't downvoted but I'm sure that's why others have
Aug
7
comment How many times can someone listen to a song before he/she stops enjoying it?
There's probably some more specific stuff here to do with habituation, but I think you'd be hard pressed to put a specific number on it without some thorough studies.
Jul
12
comment Can psychosomatic reactions be completely unconcious?
Well look who popped up on Cog Sci :)
Jul
10
comment How to change the brain in order to change how one habitually thinks and feels?
Could you post the relevant text as a quote instead of an image? use > before the text to indicate a quote
Jul
1
comment Is it possible for certain people to perceive colors differently?
I assume you mean without taking into account colorblindness/deficiencies in individuals? Those with defective color vision most certainly see different color spaces
Jun
26
comment What is the scientific term or concept for inner thought control?
The side question needed a lot more fleshing out. Focusing on this question, I find it hard to follow exactly what you mean. Are you simply talking about inhibition? Focus? I can't quite tell what you mean by getting caught up by other thoughts.
Jun
26
comment What is the scientific term or concept for inner thought control?
I removed your last question; it's a big question for an aside; it should be asked as a separate question once you know more about the issue if you can make it a constructive question.
Jun
22
comment Why do we prefer visually aligned objects?
Check out Gestalt Psychology, alignment, even when rough, is how we find patterns for things
Jun
22
comment What test can be used to measure memory?
There are many types of memory; short term, long term, episodic, procedural, which kind of memory are you interested in?
Jun
17
comment Are topics experienced later in the day more likely to be present in dreams?
@Bradford did ask part of the control group... well they're not really the control group anymore then...
Jun
16
comment How long does it take to read a sentence with X number of characters?
Honestly this is fine on either site, and will probably get different answers on both; more focused on academic research here, with probably a more practical and simple (possibly less precise but more actionable) on UX. I'm fine with it being on both if Cog Sci welcomes it
Jun
15
comment Measuring changes in hemispheric dominance over time
@ajk Don't worry, if you clog the site with nonsense we'll just delete it :D! Serious, but that's quite rare; almost always a post is closed first with a reason why the post needs improvement. Deletion is for old closed stuff that never improved or outright spam/gibberish. If it's worthy of a close, someone will tell you, as is we just wanted to improve your question.
Jun
15
comment Method for evaluating how emotionally evocative a question is?
@Ubermensch pretty impractical to do in the middle of a survey for many reasons
Jun
15
comment Method for evaluating how emotionally evocative a question is?
Thinking of it, the Polygraph has a reputation for picking up on some emotions, but I wouldn't consider it accurate for emotion as a single thing; I'm not sure anything has. I think you might need to focus on specific emotions to be able to measure anything without measuring...everything
Jun
14
comment Measuring changes in hemispheric dominance over time
I've never heard of handedness "changing" like this. Handedness is also distinct from hemispheric dominance; while strongly related, right handedness does not necessitate left hemisphere dominance
Jun
14
comment Is “Karmic Punishment” more effective?
The primary factor in conditioning is timing; the causal relationship has to be clear, I'm not aware of "karmic" conditioning being any more effective
Jun
14
comment What causes people to feel depressed without there being a problem?
I assume you are not talking about Major Depression, correct? Major Depression is rare without external stresses, but "normal depression" is common in all individuals without extreme stressors