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Jun
13
comment Is there a region of cortex which over a period of development becomes the seat of self?
This sounds extremely similar to the concept of a Homunculus (even uses the same images from wikipedia) which has basically become a meme for all impossible and or self-explaining theories of mind
Jun
13
comment Is there a region of cortex which over a period of development becomes the seat of self?
Not sure what you're asking here, "is there a part of the brain that only processes holistic input of all senses" or something?
Jun
12
comment What is the term for a psychological effect which does not have a neurobiological/genetic basis?
Epigenetic is pretty close to what I was thinking of, and certainly a term I had forgotten!
Jun
10
comment Why is it easier to remember the correct response for problems with many options rather than just two?
@PiotrMigdal not explicitly, but very few "1 bit" states would ever enter long term memory for the reasons I lay out
Jun
10
comment Why is it easier to remember the correct response for problems with many options rather than just two?
@StevenJeuris I don't think this title really captures the problem..
Jun
9
comment Why is it easier to remember the correct response for problems with many options rather than just two?
Could this get a more descriptive (read, searchable) title? I get what you're getting at, but I think "why I remember long/complex stuff while I forget simple stuff" is closer to how most would think of the problem
Jun
9
comment Why is it easier to remember the correct response for problems with many options rather than just two?
@StevenJeuris not sure what you mean, that you would remember that "lit LED = light is on"?
Jun
6
comment Does having a sense of purpose increase longevity?
On topic yes, I voted to close your original question because there wasn't an apparent psychological root. I still think it could be improved a bit but the effect of psychological changes on health is on topic
Jun
6
comment Does having a sense of purpose increase longevity?
In a way, psych health is just health; are you talking more specifically about psychological stress having an effect on longevity? I think that's more clearly on topic
Jun
6
comment Bias towards purchasing tangible vs virtual goods
@ArtemKaznatcheev true, they're very related issues but digital goods didn't need to be included (unless that's what was meant)
Jun
6
comment Bias towards purchasing tangible vs virtual goods
I read something about this but could never find the paper. Something where people were much more willing to spend money on items they could touch
Jun
1
comment Is this optical illusion the visual equivalent of binaural beats?
@ArtemKaznatcheev then the question is...what qualities? I don't really see a perceived tonal difference as being anything like perceived movement due to spatial patterns
Jun
1
comment Is this optical illusion the visual equivalent of binaural beats?
More to the point I think you should focus on asking one question at a time; what is the name of/causes this sort of illusion seems like an okay, answerable question, it's relation to binaural beats seems very tenuous unless you have some reason to believe there are similar causes/effects
Jun
1
comment Is this optical illusion the visual equivalent of binaural beats?
I don't really see why it would be related to "binaural beats" at all. Visual and auditory "illusions" have very different causes. In addition the "effects" of biaural beats are largely in question en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_beats#Unverified_claims at best it sounds like "binaural beats" are very similar to white noise in terms of their relaxing "effects.
May
31
comment What was his name again…ahh got it!
Not sure all 3 questions should be asked in one question...I think some are a lot deeper than you might realize.
May
30
comment What's the name of this visual search task?
Yes! That's exactly it, the images in the Wikipedia article are exactly what I recall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_search#Feature_search Feature search is also relevant though; I was specifically thinking about how Feature search is faster than Conjunction but couldn't remember the search types.
May
29
comment Simulate colorblindness in non-colorblind individuals
If anyone knows more about these please let me know/add a separate answer. These sound very promising but I'm seeing a lot of marketing and news and very little science, which is not encouraging.
May
24
comment How does a researcher typically go about conducting a survey-based psychological experiment?
You can ask us how your question could be improved in Cognitive Sciences Chat too
May
23
comment When is it best to use PsycINFO versus Google Scholar?
Agreed with @Chuck, I don't like pros/cons, IMO something like "When should I use PsychINFO over Google Scholar" would be more constructive
May
23
comment Is it possible to distinguish recall and calculation?
Brain activity is probably markedly different if you did some testing...probably not very helpful for most uses though