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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.


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comment Do Jewish people have better cognitive abilities than average population?
Why would you expect 'cognitive abilities' to be important for being (over)represented in politics or science, over say 'economic privilege' or 'small sample bias' or 'cultural/historic coincidence'?
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comment Do Jewish people have better cognitive abilities than average population?
Although you put "natural selection" in quotes, I would go one step further and make this part more unambiguous by saying something like "cultural/historic forces".
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comment Neural networks with biologically plausible accounts of neurogenesis
@Seanny123 there is no reading group on-going for this, and it isn't something that I think about much anymore so it is unlikely that I will start one.
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revised What is it called to think without language? Are there studies around it?
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reviewed Needs Improvement What to call measures obtained between pre-test and post-test?
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reviewed Satisfactory Is there any standardized test / questionnaire to measure frustration?
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reviewed Needs Improvement Are there any proven ways to increase concentration and focus?
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reviewed Needs Improvement Is learning and memory formation mostly comprised of new synapses forming, or already-existent synapses strengthening?
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reviewed Satisfactory Why can't people solve a riddle if you tell them irrelevant information?
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reviewed Satisfactory Name for the need to reply “you can’t fire me, I quit”
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reviewed Satisfactory Do we have a predisposition to view visual stimuli in a clockwise pattern?
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reviewed Satisfactory How many trials are needed to estimate a response time distribution?
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reviewed Satisfactory Is EEG brain-computer interface reliable?
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reviewed Satisfactory Is there a name for a person who looks for a name for another person's supposed faults?
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comment Is quantum tunneling required for nerve signals to cross the dendritic synaptic barrier?
If you want a detailed explanations of what many quantum neurological models are missing, see this answer. If you want to see an example when an operationalist approach to quantum modeling in psychology is not hokum, see this answer for overview and this answer for a list of empirical examples that quantum models of decision making perform better on. Finally, you might also find this blogpost useful.
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comment Why only 16 Jungian types? Combinatorially it should be 2 * 4! = 48
@blz asking questions about Jung and psychoanalysis is on topic as long as the question is one that might be of interest to a cognitive science audience (often understanding the history or why certain things have gone out of fashion is of interest). The real problem with this question is that it is poorly asked, and doesn't seem to have much initial research. I would advise the user to consult this thread.