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Aug
15
comment Are ambidextrous people better at multitasking?
Ah, a well cited answer. I'll take this as a no.
Feb
28
comment Predicting how long a task will take
The book Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art has a good example that shows that most people's assumption of "90% confidence" is drastically below 90%.. it's in fact closer to 20% confidence. The more familiar you know something, the narrower your estimate will be, and the more likely you'll miss your estimate.
Feb
14
comment Does empathy extend to animals?
I know cats actually get more excited with certain food over others. Joy is hard to tell, as I myself am unable to emphasize with cats.
Feb
7
comment Dyslexia and IQ
Heh, IQ is probably more antiquated. Reading comprehension levels might be a better indicator. Regardless, be careful in that correlation does not imply causation. A lot of people who have dyslexia have to work harder in life and thus develop a stronger work ethic (if they don't give up early). I'd hypothesize that dyslexic reading skill would either go higher and lower than the average population reading skill as age increases, depending on whether the person tried harder or gave up.
Feb
5
comment Is leg jiggling a focus aid?
I find that I concentrate best with songs that have a certain rhythm. I'd jiggle my leg according to that rhythm when concentrating, even without the music. I know that babies sleep best when swayed to a certain rhythm. Perhaps people concentrate best when their mind/body is at a certain rhythm?
Jan
31
comment What is the fastest language to think in?
If I were to guess, I'd say the less redundant languages. German is a good one because of the sentence structures. Arabic is very efficient too. It also depends on the subject matter. Malay does poetry in less words than English, but twice as wordy as English for technical/science.
Jan
31
comment What is the fastest language to think in?
@ArtemKaznatcheev Mental math is faster among Chinese mainly because they associate arithmetic with doing an abacus in the head. I don't think it's a language thing.
Jan
31
comment Are ambidextrous people better at multitasking?
@StevenJeuris: Tried to look for some 'citeable' sources, but couldn't find a solid one yet. There's the common knowledge assumption that handedness is used to divide labor, but even Wikipedia doesn't cite this well (among humans). There's research that correlates handedness with brain development, but most are quite narrow in scope, like specific towards language or IQ. Made the assumption that if one dominant hand meant the opposite brain half was well developed, both dominant hands meant both sides were well developed.
Jan
29
comment What's the Frequency of the ringing in my ear?
From my knowledge of speech processing, it's most likely several frequencies grouped together. Research will probably focus on detecting the fundamental frequency.