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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.


May
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comment List of experiments contradicting the expected utility model
I completely disagree with @NickStauner, there is absolutely no way in which EUT fits with Cross Validated, and it is perfectly on topic here because psychology was central to forming behavioral economics, and early behavioral economics formed largely as a way to explain failures of EUT.
May
14
comment List of experiments contradicting the expected utility model
Also, it would be better if you expanded your question to be more self-contained for those that might not be familiar, by for instance giving a one sentence sketch of expected utility theory (because there are different levels of generality people use). I would also avoid "Most famous paradoxes" since that is a judgement call and experimental results are only 'paradoxical' if you make the mistake of assuming expected utility theory describes reality; just 'experiments contradicting EUT' seems more neutral.
May
14
comment List of experiments contradicting the expected utility model
@MartinVanderLinden I don't think a properly general St. Petersburg paradox is all that easy to step around; it requires a utility function that is bounded from above, which I almost never see in econ. For more, see the 4th paragraph of this blog post.
May
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awarded  Popular Question
May
9
reviewed Close What topics are included in theoretical cognitive science?
May
9
reviewed Leave Open What are the predominant cognitive effects that influence textual learning and recall?
May
9
comment What is the mechanism explaining the effect of a positive attitude on immune system functioning?
Thanks for the reference @KeeganKeplinger, the reason that I was skeptical is that one would expect the placebo effect and positive attitude to work via the same mechanism, thus there is no clear way to do a placebo control for 'positivity' as you would for a drug. You could, however, design an experiment where every day the patient is asked to list and focus on the positive or negative (depending on which experimental group they are in) effects of their situation, and then compare the results of the two groups.
May
3
reviewed Leave Closed What are the cognitive elements of dangerous behaviors?
May
3
reviewed Leave Closed Should questions in psychology always be objective questions?
May
1
comment Does the Minnesota 12 steps model really produce an effective change in the treatment of drugs addictions?
@NickStauner I wish I could blame it on that, but I am on my laptop and it was just me doing too many things at once and not paying attention to what my fingers were typing. It is pretty common for me.
May
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reviewed Leave Open Does the Minnesota 12 steps model really produce an effective change in the treatment of drugs addictions?
May
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comment Does the Minnesota 12 steps model really produce an effective change in the treatment of drugs addictions?
Your question received a lot of close votes for "unclear what you are asking". I have tried to restructure your post, isolated the questions from the background, added more tags, and a link. If I changed the intent of your question then please roll-back or make more edits. You also make a claim in your question ("its duration is also too short to do it") without any evidence. Please provide a reference for this claim, or remove it.
May
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revised Does the Minnesota 12 steps model really produce an effective change in the treatment of drugs addictions?
deleted 17 characters in body; edited tags
May
1
comment Theoretical grounding for Agile/Scrum methodologies in software development
The people who voted to close (one of them has withdrawn their vote since the edits), voted it as "unclear what you are asking". Hopefully this has clarified it for them.
May
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reviewed Leave Open Theoretical grounding for Agile/Scrum methodologies in software development
May
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revised Theoretical grounding for Agile/Scrum methodologies in software development
I tried to make the question more clear.
May
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asked Food sharing and mutual aid among the homeless
May
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awarded  Booster
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awarded  Announcer
Apr
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reviewed Leave Open How to calculate IQ from bhatia battery test?