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Feb
20
comment Does the ability to manipulate your environment affect the type of intelligence?
I think you might be on to something, drak. Beings with more "power" to manipulate their environment, could perhaps have a greater logical, cause-effect intelligence, since they have more experience in producing causes and observing effects. A squid with limited ability to "cause" things will not have such a great understanding of cause-effect relationships.
Feb
20
comment Does an exceptional working memory inhibit intelligence?
@nycynik, thanks for your answer. Your reference unfortunately merely states that your brain can adapt to working memory training. It doesn't say whether such adaptations could inhibit problem solving and language abilities.
Feb
20
comment Does an exceptional working memory inhibit intelligence?
@Cheatboy2, what is Matsuzawa's hypothesis?
Feb
20
comment Does an exceptional working memory inhibit intelligence?
@Ana, the presence of working memory on an IQ test doesn't mean that working memory contributes to language and problem solving abilities (i.e. the higher order thinking skills). Chimps are terrible compared to humans at such things, yet chimps are superior on the working memory task.
Jan
3
comment Best practice to handle double negatives when using the expectancy-value model?
I meant b not e in my response sorry.
Jan
2
comment Best practice to handle double negatives when using the expectancy-value model?
You could simply "shift" the scale of one of the variables. Instead of going from -3 to 3, go from 0 to 7. I would recommend converting the bi-polar "expectancy" variable to a percentage.
Dec
29
comment Improving Speed of Thinking
By reducing thought depth and accuracy.
Dec
27
comment Will Our Brain Speed Reduce As Our Memory “Mail Boxes” Fill Up?
Thanks for your answer!
Dec
26
comment Will Our Brain Speed Reduce As Our Memory “Mail Boxes” Fill Up?
Thanks Jeff, I actually contemplated posting this at skeptics but wasn't sure. I'm looking forward to finally seeing an answer to this question.
Dec
25
comment Will Our Brain Speed Reduce As Our Memory “Mail Boxes” Fill Up?
Who down voted and why?
Dec
24
comment Will Our Brain Speed Reduce As Our Memory “Mail Boxes” Fill Up?
psycnet.apa.org/journals/dev/35/4/986 from iPad
Dec
21
comment What is the scientific support for Einstein's claim about the negative effects of reading too much?
Well I think he is implying that you can read too much, because the more you read, the more likely you are to suffer from some of the negative consequences of reading.
Dec
21
comment What is the scientific support for Einstein's claim about the negative effects of reading too much?
@RobertHarvey, I think the book was even written by a literature professor. I see the irony you speak of, but I think he is suggesting that too much reading is bad, not all reading is bad. But even if he was suggesting all reading is bad, one could think of it as a book to end all books. It is the toss up between reading this one book and never reading again vs reading hundreds of books that could cause harm.
Dec
20
comment What is the scientific support for Einstein's claim about the negative effects of reading too much?
And a review of the book is found here: fourmilab.ch/fourmilog/archives/2005-11/000613.html
Dec
20
comment What is the scientific support for Einstein's claim about the negative effects of reading too much?
Nevertheless, I have found a book on the internet which also seems to support the idea that reading can have negative consequences: amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0882297457/fourmilabwwwfour