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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.


Apr
5
revised Is positive self-talk beneficial for those with low self-esteem?
added social-psychology tag.
Apr
5
revised To what extent are correlations of father's age with birth defects and autism causal?
added dev-psych tag and replaced age tag by standard aging tag.
Apr
5
revised Effect of words highlighting on reading comprehension
added link from comments to body of answer. Removed "any more questions?"
Apr
5
comment Effect of words highlighting on reading comprehension
@xralf thank you for improving the question! +1 now. How is you having started learning Chinese relevant? Does your reference material for learning Chinese color different characters differently?
Apr
4
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
Further, I would love to see your comment about the computational difficulty of bayesian inference expanded into an answer for this question if you have the time and energy.
Apr
4
comment How much information on the “Identical Strangers” experiment was actually released?
Ephraim, I do encourage you to return to cogsci, and ask focused and researched questions as you read more about and reflect on the nature-versus-nurture debate and developmental psychology in general.
Apr
4
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
Welcome to cogsci.SE! This is a great answer! Minor comment: could you edit in a reference section at the end to make finding the articles you cite a little bit easier? Thank you!
Apr
4
revised Effect of words highlighting on reading comprehension
formatting, tags, and made title reading specific.
Apr
4
comment Effect of words highlighting on reading comprehension
I've heard of syntax highlighting for IDEs, that seems to help a lot for programmers (at least for me), I would not be surprised if similar things would help for general reading.
Apr
3
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
I edited your question title (and moved the original title to the body), hopefully this captures the spirit of what you were asking, if not feel free to rollback my edit. Also, you might be interested in this comment/answer
Apr
3
revised Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
tried to make the question title agree with the broader question in the body and added a tag.
Apr
3
comment What are some of the drawbacks to probabilistic models of cognition?
I agree that this is more a comment than an answer, but it could be closer to an answer on this question. Also, your last paragraph is incredibly true, and I wish more researchers were conscious of this :D.
Apr
2
revised How much information on the “Identical Strangers” experiment was actually released?
formatted question for readability, added a tag
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
But wouldn't the person answering be doing work equivalent in difficulty to that done by O'Boyle and Aguinis in a published paper?
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
It might be field specific (and I only have experience in my own field), but I find people are often cautious to question a paper's validity in a public forum, especially when it is the central finding and now some specific highly technical point. I still like the focused and technical nature of the question and your presentation, so I upvoted it.
Apr
2
revised Measuring the adoption of norms
added a tag
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
Good question, but I am worried that you are asking "is this paper correct?"
Apr
1
revised Are there any standard tests to measure psychopathy?
added tags
Apr
1
revised Is there a term for trying to remember a word, but only remembering its first letter?
added a tag
Mar
30
comment Where do our memories get stored and how are they retrieved again?
This answer doesn't really talk about structure, it only mentions a very local update rule but not how the distribution of neurons and connection strengths created by following this rule encodes something.