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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 Introductory resources on developmental psychology/neuroscience
I formatted the question to move your background to be after the question. I can't recommend a specific resource, but I will bring this question to the attention of those that might. However, if you know a little bit of background on the first sample-question you list, then I would love to see that filled out into a separate full question here on cogsci.SE. The more specific question might get you some partial answers and references to get the ball rolling in learning dev-psych.
May
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revised Introductory resources on developmental psychology/neuroscience
formatted the question
May
7
revised What are the appraisals tendencies for fear and anger?
The question seems to be mostly about appraisals not actions, since OP states that they understand the action part in the first paragraph
May
7
revised How to estimate IQ for public figures?
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May
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revised What is the state of the art in computerised coding of Thematic Apperception Tests (TATs)?
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May
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comment Can experience alter one's preferences for beauty?
do you have a reference to support the "Another example" paragraph or is it based on a personal appraisal (same for the preceding paragraph, actually)?
May
7
comment Is it possible for humans to conceive of being dead?
Could you include a reference to the study mentioned in point 3? (As in, does Cave include a proper reference at the back of the book or the footnote?)
May
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revised Is it possible for humans to conceive of being dead?
added a link to Bering's CV so others can try to track down the relevant study and highlighted the question.
May
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comment Is it possible for humans to conceive of being dead?
I don't understand how this answer goes beyond the reasoning employed by Cave and already quoted in the question. The only thing that is not in the question is a suggested "exercise", which I don't see as any more likely to produce results that 'imagine your own death' and the suggestion to poll people that have been clinically dead. If you included links to studies that have done either and analyzed the results, then the answer would be more than just speculation.
May
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revised Is it possible for humans to conceive of being dead?
retagged (we are trying to remove use of cognition tag, and this isn't really about perception as it is studied).
May
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comment How to estimate IQ for public figures?
I don't think this is really an answer, and could be easily summarized as a comment: "use statistics and bayesian inference". This could be an answer if you provided some sources for how to obtain reasonable priors (instead of taking a random personal guess) or even a complete model. At this point you are just stating the obvious (which is more or less done in the question body): gather information and conclude the most likely IQ.
May
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revised How to estimate IQ for public figures?
MathJaxed the math
May
7
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
There is a nice NPR piece on this research and G+ discussion for those that want a quick summary. I also find the connection between power-laws of degree distribution in network formation (via preferential attachment, etc) and these performance results too close for comfort. Is there a more meaningful connection between the two?
May
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awarded  Nice Question
May
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revised How can you limit excessive risk-taking at the institutional level?
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May
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revised Do students exhibit rational behavior in determining study time?
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May
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revised What is the field that studies community responses to incentives?
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May
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revised Game-theory strategies to overcome holdout problem?
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May
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revised What are the key algorithms for learning optimal behavior of economic agents?
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revised Do safety features cause drivers to engage in more risky behavior than they otherwise would?
removed off-topic econ reference and tagged with best tag I could come up with