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Jan
12
comment What are the benefits of dyslexia?
How strong is that correlation and are you sure it's not just based on middle-income families having enough money to get a diagnosis? Self-referred ADHD adults have a normal IQ but it is more likely a function of their middle-class status. I know really smart dyslexics but it is a huge barrier to their life goals. Time spent compensating is time not spent doing a range of other activities. : (
Mar
28
comment Is variation in human brain size related to mental functioning?
I'll repeat my comment from below, a layman's translation of this question is whether hat size correlates to IQ. The predictive power of hat size can be rounded down to 0. In comparison to other factors (socio-economic, schooling, or what century you were born in) this answer is fodder for pop-psych non-sense.
Mar
28
comment Is variation in human brain size related to mental functioning?
BS: computational theory is one of my core disciplines. That we can get a monkey to outperform on some specific tests does not generalize to human g measurement. Hell, it's hard to get consistent results with just humans (I have ceiling-ed IQ subtests on accident and I had to correct the administrator). If you want to go there, explain crows, elephants, etc: their brain sizes are WAY different! A layman translation of all this boils down to correlating IQ with hat size. The predictive power of hat size can be rounded down to 0- which sucks because I have a big head : (
Mar
28
comment Is StackExchange.com Addiction Dangerous?
I think this needs to be reformulated to general internet addiction or closed as non-productive.
Mar
28
comment Are there axioms in the mind?
This is like asking if all matter is infinity divisible or not. That's a philosophy of science question that requires defining infinite and atomic. It's not a question that a Q&A site is meant to answer!
Mar
12
comment Hebbian Learning Rule, Local or Global?
Your answer indicates that the "rule" only affects local neurons but the rule/theory applies more broadly than just local neurons. Indeed, it wouldn't be of much use at all if it weren't for chaining these neurons together into larger networks.
Mar
11
comment What explains habitual or even occasional incidences of self-talk?
I would think that this is just a generalized form of internal dialogue. Don't you debate with yourself on what kind of breakfast you would want in the morning? I mean, this kind of back and forth is how you make any basic pro-con list.
Mar
11
comment Hebbian Learning Rule, Local or Global?
While it's true that neurons only connect to adjacent neurons, the networks that form between them are the result of hebb's rule. We start out with an over-abundance of neuronal connections and the networks that don't get used (redundant ones) are systematically get killed off. Hebb's theory is critical in understanding neural networks.
Mar
11
comment Does associating a color with numbers improve math learning?
I know that synesthesiacs perform worse in math, but I'm too lazy to look up the research.
Feb
6
comment Is it possible to improve reading speed and visual comprehension by doing exercises?
I think we are getting off topic here. The main problem is that hinoglu title and body are nonsequitur because he doesn't understand the cognitive processes involved: the entire question needs to be reformatted. Obviously, my RSVP suggestion is inadequate. Whatever "techniques" we want to discuss, they should be prefaced with a general "not exactly" disclaimer and then discuss how much can be improved and with what effort. Maybe a post per technique, then people can battle it out in the comments and with votes.
Feb
5
comment Is it possible to improve reading speed and visual comprehension by doing exercises?
hinoglu: What you need to understand is that while reading does in involve visual processing, visual processing has very little to do with understanding what the text means. When you read the word "elephant", you don't keep a mental image of the word in your head, you think of an elephant! I remember stumbling over a study showing no increase in speed using cell-phone implementation. Its likely that using RSVP where one would naturally skim (like a web-page) is counter productive.
Feb
4
comment Free online intelligence test with norm table, high reliability, and must be printable?
I doubt that any DIY test will result in high levels of accuracy. These tests cost a lot of money to create and they are fairly elaborate. Self-administering them is, well, kind-of a crazy idea. Just knowing what the test measures gives you an advantage.
Feb
4
comment What is the effect of ADD/ADHD on performance variability on cognitive tests over time?
Barkley mentions a 10 point drop in IQ compared to the general population.
Feb
4
comment What are the benefits of dyslexia?
Both of those sources focus on "Gifted children with learning disabilities" -meaning that they have talents in other areas. People with disabilities can compensate, but we also could have been spending that time and energy doing other things. Some disabilities do correlate with being above average in other areas, but I only know of bipolar. A disability can certainly alter ones perception, but one has to go digging to find any measure of life quality that would show improvement for the average person.