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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.


Mar
28
comment How does neural spiking begin in the fetus?
@jonsca since the user seems unresponsive, I would suggest just explaining the relevant details of your other answer. It seems that the message there was along the lines of "neurons want to fire if conditions permit".
Mar
28
revised How does neural spiking begin in the fetus?
added the neurobiology tag.
Mar
27
comment Do victims of parental abuse and neglect become abusive or neglectful parents?
Further, it is not clear what is meant by 'bad parenting' and what the OP expects to be measured in the study they are requesting in question (a). I strongly encourage the OP to focus on one of the questions (I suggest (a) as the most fitting one) and try to define their terms and what they are looking for more clearly. Until then, I have voted to close as not a real question.
Mar
27
comment Do victims of parental abuse and neglect become abusive or neglectful parents?
This question is pretty broad and asks several things a) "Does bad parenting breed bad parenting?" b) "Are there practices to train better parents-to-be?" c) "Are there general guidelines for parents?". These are 3 different questions, and not all of them directly related to the cognitive sciences or psychology. I would suggest asking some of these questions at parenting.SE where you will probably received better and more practical answers, especially on questions (b) and (c).
Mar
27
revised Encoding of abstract concepts in memory
added the terminology tag, since part of the question asks for names of fields.
Mar
27
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
what are some papers you looked at already while thinking about this?
Mar
27
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
25
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
24
awarded  Enthusiast
Mar
23
revised What are the characteristics that make complex problem solving complex?
added a tag; minor formatting
Mar
20
comment Is positive self-talk beneficial for those with low self-esteem?
This address point 3, right? Is there something addressing point 1 and 2?
Mar
20
revised What can we learn from the neural networks of C.elegans to understand human brains?
replaced neuroscience by neurobiology.
Mar
20
answered What is the difference between IQ and Executive Function?
Mar
20
revised What is the difference between IQ and Executive Function?
since the question was reopened, I retagged it
Mar
19
revised Is there a random walk theory that can account for situations with more than two choices?
re-tagged with different higher order tag.
Mar
19
comment Is there a random walk theory that can account for situations with more than two choices?
where did you gather than that model is 2 dimensional? Or are you counting time as a dimension? As far as I can tell the model is a random walk on the line. The line is one dimensional.
Mar
17
comment Can sleep become addictive?
I like the comparison to gambling, but I would suggest moving the sleep based example to the front of the question (for us TL;DR folks) and then explaining it and the gambling example it was based on after-the-fold. Also, links would be nice!
Mar
17
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
17
comment What are some of the drawbacks to probabilistic models of cognition?
This is a good point! Although I suspect a bayesian would respond that it is not clear how connectionists or dynamic explanations are more mechanistic, since they tend to hide things in poorly understood 'emergence'.
Mar
17
awarded  Nice Answer