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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
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
Mar
17
comment What is the difference between IQ and Executive Function?
I have voted to close this question since it is not clear what is being asked, and since I believe it doesn't meet our criteria on initial research. I think there are interesting underlying questions, maybe something like "Does IQ correlate with the performance of executive function?" (of course, you would have to make the question more precise in the body) and I encourage the OP read the relevant wikipedia articles and either edit the question, or formulate a new one.
Mar
17
comment What is the difference between IQ and Executive Function?
IQ is a measurement that is believed to correlate with certain aspects of 'intelligence'. Executive function is "an umbrella term for cognitive processes such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, multi-tasking, initiation and monitoring of actions." Thus, I don't understand your question. Is your question: "What is the difference between a measurement and a family of cognitive processes?"
Mar
15
comment Are there any cognitive test (or test suites) available on the iPad?
Note that your claim about the shortness of response latency is questionable. I have not played around much with iPads, but if there is something like 1/10th of a second delay (as the video suggests) then that is completely unacceptable for psychometrics.
Mar
15
answered What are some of the drawbacks to probabilistic models of cognition?