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


May
18
comment Spurious attractors in Hopfield networks
Argeed, 3 might be better as a separate, linked question
May
13
comment Can you catch up on lost sleep?
There's a certain "sleep debt" as best I know, but actually sleeping more than 8 hours doesn't help deplete it, if I recall correctly. I'd have to find some proper references though
Apr
30
comment What is the optimal repetition pattern to maximize long term memory?
Also relevant to the question and Jeromy's answer is my answer here the Forgetting Function is definitely something you'll want to look into
Apr
26
comment What is the “static” in human vision called?
Hm, how does this relate to Phosphene as JonW says? I'm thinking there are two different things at work here, I had (possibly incorrectly) assumed the noise seen when your eyes are open is related to the noise seen when your eyes are closed
Apr
21
comment Which statistical test should I use when there are multiple latent predictors and multiple latent outcomes?
The question is fine on here (though it'd be fine on stats) my problem was the original question wasn't elaborated on enough
Apr
20
comment Which statistical test should I use when there are multiple latent predictors and multiple latent outcomes?
Adding in as much helpful info as you can into the body of the question will help us come up with the best solution. I'm afraid I don't know as much on the stats side myself though.
Apr
15
comment How is the Stanford Prison Experiment connected to Conformity?
The SPE wasn't really an "experiment" by a formal definition, so take it's "conclusion" with a grain of salt. There wasn't a measurable dependent variable either, something even the creators recognized.
Apr
14
comment How much red/orange is needed to stimulate hunger?
@vizzero it's a claim I see cited very often, especially in regards to mcdonalds, looks like skeptics didn't find a source, there are some papers on Google scholar though. Edited.
Apr
14
comment Are there known cases where people can write upside down?
The answer to this specific question is simply yes. If you have a more specific question which asks for facts/information rather than just other's experiences with the topic that would be a constructive question.
Apr
9
comment Software for online psychological experiments that don't require users to download anything
@ArtemKaznatcheev Flash has more significant performance issues at the micro level, I wouldn't trust Flash to time clicks within a millisecond.
Apr
9
comment Method for evaluating how emotionally evocative a question is?
So you're really just asking to to measure of emotional response?
Apr
8
comment Software for online psychological experiments that don't require users to download anything
I wouldn't trust flash to run smoothly enough for accurate measurements personally, but JS can be pretty accurate
Apr
7
comment What is the term for “What has been seen cannot be unseen” in cognitive sciences?
@Jeff the "cannot unsee" meme implies one is trying NOT to see it. Otherwise it would simply be "you remember things". Which isn't a good question OR meme.
Apr
6
comment What is the term for “What has been seen cannot be unseen” in cognitive sciences?
@JoshGitlin there's controversial research on Motivated Forgetting, I'm honestly not sure which cases it's been found to be beneficial or detrimental, but I recall learning that it was detrimental in a course on Human Memory. Now I'm curious though
Apr
6
comment Why can a user seamlessly switch from one language input to another on the same keyboard?
How is this NARQ? There's lots of information out there about context switching and about bilingualism.
Apr
3
comment Effect of words highlighting on reading comprehension
I'd like to know as well. I've heard of some syntax highlighting in educational context but nothing nearly as significant as in this example
Mar
31
comment Is there a term for trying to remember a word, but only remembering its first letter?
"What's going on there" is a pretty complex (and controversial) issue, so I refrained from answering that completely; if you want to know more I'd suggest asking more, specific questions about the phenomenon :)
Mar
31
comment Is The magical number 7 still valid?
No, this has been largely rejected, especially as a "magic number". I'll try and find some good sources later
Mar
30
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
IMO this question needs a lot more fleshing out before it can be helpfully answered.
Mar
26
comment To what extent are correlations of father's age with birth defects and autism causal?
Possible cohort effect as well, older persons may simply have had different nutrition/other variables as well.