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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.


Feb
14
comment What does a cortical column do?
Here's an example of a much better focused question on bio.SE.
Feb
14
comment What does a cortical column do?
@H.Muster I was actually going to make the same comment, but I was surprised by how uninformative that wikipedia article and the discussion here were. In general, a quick Google search doesn't reveal an obvious definitive resource, either. Hence, it might be good to provide a canonical answer here if jonsca has time. Of course, I do wish that the OP would focus the question more, since it is pretty vague.
Feb
13
revised What does a cortical column do?
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Feb
13
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Feb
12
comment Cosyne vs CNS conferences for Computational Neuroscience?
@ChuckSherrington I don't think your characterization of NIPS is accurate, it doesn't 'mix in some ML and AI' it is one of the two premier ML conferences, which might mix in a little bit of comp neuro. In reality, I think the typical comp neuro lab would have a very difficult time trying to publish there. For instance, take a look at the 2013 proceedings.
Feb
9
awarded  Announcer
Feb
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on brain-development tag wiki
Feb
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on neuromarketing tag wiki
Feb
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on neuromarketing tag wiki excerpt
Feb
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on brain-development tag wiki excerpt
Feb
6
comment Is there a scientific term for when you fall asleep because you can't handle something?
@SamWhited you should consider taking a look at this article and the answers on this question and then use them to frame a new more specific question about the relationship between sleep and depression. I think that would be interesting.
Feb
6
comment Is there a scientific term for when you fall asleep because you can't handle something?
I am not 100% sure how what you describe is different from a combination of fainting on one hand (if it is an instantaneous encounter) and a common side-effect of depression (to "avoid facing the day") on the other hand (if it is one of break-up, lose job, etc cases). Both are looked at by abnormal-psych. (Edit: After typing this comment, I see that @Monacraft's answer describes exactly this)
Feb
6
comment Is there a scientific term for when you fall asleep because you can't handle something?
@NickStauner I guess I use abnormal-psychology more widely than most, I would consider it for things like psychological responses to extreme conditions not typically experiences by people. An (potentially incorrect) example I would give is: many people who experience trench warfare come-back with shell-shock, so that could be seen as a normal response, however studying shell-shock would still be under abnormal-psych. Of course, I am by no means an authority on this, and if you guys think my edit is wrong you can reverse it or add some other tags.
Feb
6
revised Reading vs. watching a lecture: which activity results in higher knowledge retention?
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Feb
6
reviewed Satisfactory Can tinnitus be measured with EEG or MEG?
Feb
6
reviewed Needs Improvement How do people perceive subjective scales?
Feb
6
reviewed Satisfactory Is extreme empathy and compassion considered a disorder?
Feb
6
reviewed Satisfactory What is this method used in the “it's not your fault” segment of Good Will Hunting and why does it work?
Feb
6
reviewed Satisfactory Why do we scream in pain and fear?
Feb
6
reviewed Needs Improvement Is ignoring messages a learned behavior?