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Aug
7
comment Why have historically most inventors been men?
+1 for spending thousands of hours of practice and effort in acquiring the skills required to become an expert
Jul
19
comment How do emotions influence the language structures we use?
@PaulinaDymalska ngram analysis would be useful. Its being used to settle long time disputes on who made a particular quote in an analytic way and could be used in media discourse as well. You may view books.google.com/ngrams to get some idea.
Jul
14
comment Can critical thinking be taught?
+10 for debiasing. I have also seen a lot of them with powerful teachers
Jul
11
comment Can critical thinking be taught?
@ArtemKaznatcheev The closest research article I could get is Jenny Reed's study on Critical Thinking. Its a lot localized though. criticalthinking.org/resources/JReed-Dissertation.pdf .Similar resources can be found on the research section at www.criticalthinking.org website.
Jun
22
comment What are the minimal requirements for successful gamification?
@JoshGitlin The gamification course starts in Aug this year. You may sign up here coursera.org/course/gamification
Jun
15
comment Method for evaluating how emotionally evocative a question is?
@BenBrocka You are right. Can't do it in the middle of a session.
Jun
15
comment Method for evaluating how emotionally evocative a question is?
@BenBrocka How about a fMRI scan? though its a bit costly
Jun
14
comment Is “Karmic Punishment” more effective?
Welcome to the site. Generally, anything punitive in nature, unless property understood and perceived by the person receiving the punishment, is bound to create a strong personal dislike at the subconscious level towards the person and more like towards the thing that caused the punishment. That's the reason corporal punishment is banned. You can search "negative effects of corporal punishment" in Google Scholar.
Jun
7
comment What is the term for human beings' tendency to obey without thinking?
But leadership is used in a more positive term. @JoshGitlin The Wikipedia article is so small. The possible term is Herd instinct/Herd behavior and its a recognized cognitive bias.
Jun
7
comment What is the term for human beings' tendency to obey without thinking?
Few other terms that explain the causes mentioned by you - GroupThink, socio-centric thinking, Ingroup bias. I prefer socio-centric thinking.
Jun
7
comment What is the term for human beings' tendency to obey without thinking?
A person's tendency to react to a situation depends on a Threshold Value(TV) of the number of people he wants to see reacting before reacting himself and it may not be entirely proportional to intelligence. So if there are 10 people and if 3 people wear purple hats, I may also wear the hat if my TV is 3 but if my TV is 4, I would wait for an another person to wear the hat before wearing it myself. The Granovetter model could explain some of this phenomenon. Also, the bandwagon effect may also explain this phenomenon in political decisions.
Jun
7
comment Savant syndrome and Cognitive bias
Thanks Chris. Would post a separate question after going through a few articles
Jun
6
comment Savant syndrome and Cognitive bias
My question is based on the Kanheman-Tversky link I gave in the comment. Also, a lot of cognitive biases does seem to fall under more than one category. Your answer suggests that its the recall function of the brain that's more important in addressing memory-related biases rather than memory. If its the case, you can kindly provide me a link. After reading your answer, I have got an another question: Does lack of information/knowledge be construed as a cognitive bias?
Jun
6
comment Savant syndrome and Cognitive bias
I have edited my question to be more specific and your example is also close to availability heuristic but it seems to make a stronger case of base rate neglect. I based my question after reading Kanheman and Tversky's paper lamar.colostate.edu/~bclegg/PY453/Decision_Making.pdf
Jun
6
comment Savant syndrome and Cognitive bias
Your example is closely related to base rate neglect where specific information is construed to be general due to lack of information about general. Availability heuristic is a bias based on the information that comes first to mind (most people boast it as intuition); the ease with which we can recall information though better information can exist but difficult to recall. It seems to be the closest bias proportional to memory.
Jun
6
comment Plotting publication-quality ball-and-stick models of brain connectivity in 3D
@nrz Hope you got the answer. But I personally believe creating a 3D animated visualization framework would be the way to go to represent brain and its functions in the long term.
Jun
5
comment Plotting publication-quality ball-and-stick models of brain connectivity in 3D
You can use Avogadro, molecular editor avogadro.openmolecules.net/wiki/Main_Page. It comes with a Python scripting engine. If you want to invent your own thing, you can go with Blender and Python blender.org . Blender is also good at stunning animations (its easy to get started than VTK) but it would take a lot of time. If you need it in the long run, its worth trying.
Jun
5
comment What are the minimal requirements for successful gamification?
There is a course at coursera on gamification. Its closed now but you can join it the next time if you are new to gamification coursera.org/course/gamification
May
4
comment How to estimate IQ for public figures?
The change cannot be the IQ(you are right). But the change can be used to measure the IQ (of course there is a contradiction in my statement that IQ change over time). So my initial analogy was just as the IQ of a person is measured by his final score, the IQ of a public figure may be measured by the final score, the change (change is a function that is partially made of the leader and partially of the environment and could use partial derivative to measure the IQ of the leader). Always good to hear from a professor.
Mar
6
comment Is it a good idea to play an instrument while studying? If so, what are the benefits?
This reference debunks multi-tasking theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/11/…