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From the School of Computer Science and Department of Psychology at McGill University, I marvel at the world through algorithmic lenses. My specific interests are in quantum computing, evolutionary game theory, modern evolutionary synthesis, and theoretical cognitive science. Previously I was at the Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo and a visitor to the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore.


Jan
27
awarded  Announcer
Jan
27
comment How is the biological accuracy of ANNs typically measured?
I like this question a lot. There seems to be a deeper underlying question of how is the accuracy (or the usefulness) of any mathematical (or computational) model to be measured? For that question, it might be important to notice that there are different types of models with different goals, so a single answer might not exist; that might still be true even if restricted to ANNs.
Jan
27
revised Do lonely people get addicted more easily than social counterparts?
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Jan
20
comment Evidence that positive rewards are learnt faster than negative rewards?
@what what is the obvious statement that doesn't need to be shown? That beating children is a less effective at getting them to learn than smiling at them? Seems like a non-obvious statement to me, especially given the history of education. I've definitely heard the sentiment you're expressed before, and it does seem to be a central part of modern perspectives in education, at least in the west. But dismissing zergylord with a story or apples-and-oranges is not conducive to learning, nor is his caution unwarranted given how notorious educational-psych is for not doing well controlled studies.
Jan
18
awarded  Yearling
Jan
14
comment Definition of or research on fun
@Krysta if you have extra criteria for answers, like demanding that they be empirical (since, as we've discussed before, this is not an inherent criteria for CogSci) then you should make that explicit in your question out of respect for the time of people who write the answers.
Jan
14
revised Topics for short-term EEG project, and sources for freely available EEG data
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Jan
14
comment Topics for short-term EEG project, and sources for freely available EEG data
I am inclined to side with @Krysta in viewing the "topic suggestion" as not appropriate for the SE format (also, something that you should do by consulting with your advisor). Asking for online sources of EEG data is a good question, though, but you should flesh out in more detail what kind of data you want. If you are interested in an example of how to do this, consider two of my questions on publicly available data here and to a lesser extent here.
Jan
14
comment How to integrate word prediction keyboard into P300-based BCI (brain computer interface) system?
Thank you for the question. Please try to avoid creating redundant tags. For example, on this question you created both the tag brain-computer-interface and bci, and on a previous question you introduced both error-related-negativity and ern; you should avoid creating multiple tags that mean the same things, and try to use existing tags as much as possible. I've fixed them on both this and the previous question. Also, although this question is on-topic here, it might get better response at UX.SE.
Jan
14
revised How to integrate word prediction keyboard into P300-based BCI (brain computer interface) system?
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Jan
14
awarded  Good Answer
Jan
12
revised Does eye contact improve attention and learning?
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Jan
12
revised Is it sufficient to say self control eliciting the reduced ERN (error-related negativity) in cognitive control tasks?
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Jan
12
revised What are other methods to induce ego depletion besides using emotional videos and thought suppression?
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Jan
12
reviewed Approve Is it sufficient to say self control eliciting the reduced ERN (error-related negativity) in cognitive control tasks?
Jan
12
comment Name for awareness of the probability of an event increasing the probability of it happening
Relevant xkcd
Jan
12
comment Does eye contact improve attention and learning?
Would you mind including some references? Since the user is specifically hunting for a reference to a result they had seen.
Jan
11
reviewed Approve How to computationally model the Wisconsin Card Sorting task?
Jan
9
comment Can information theory be applied to human interactions and communication?
When looking for applications of IT (or related areas like stat mech) then you should be wary of interdisciplinitis. In particular, you might find Elias (1958) relevant and funny. As for the specifics of your question, note that you have assumed that language is for communicating internal mental states with high fidelity (like a channel in information theory), not all linguists would agree.
Jan
7
awarded  Nice Question