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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.


1d
comment What adjectives can be used to describe emotional intelligence competences?
Some suggestions: empathic, warm, kind, personable, sociable, gregarious, amiable, affable
Oct
25
comment Do Jewish people have better cognitive abilities than average population?
Why would you expect 'cognitive abilities' to be important for being (over)represented in politics or science, over say 'economic privilege' or 'small sample bias' or 'cultural/historic coincidence'?
Oct
25
comment Do Jewish people have better cognitive abilities than average population?
Although you put "natural selection" in quotes, I would go one step further and make this part more unambiguous by saying something like "cultural/historic forces".
Oct
16
comment Neural networks with biologically plausible accounts of neurogenesis
@Seanny123 there is no reading group on-going for this, and it isn't something that I think about much anymore so it is unlikely that I will start one.
Jul
29
comment Is quantum tunneling required for nerve signals to cross the dendritic synaptic barrier?
If you want a detailed explanations of what many quantum neurological models are missing, see this answer. If you want to see an example when an operationalist approach to quantum modeling in psychology is not hokum, see this answer for overview and this answer for a list of empirical examples that quantum models of decision making perform better on. Finally, you might also find this blogpost useful.
Jul
11
comment Why only 16 Jungian types? Combinatorially it should be 2 * 4! = 48
@blz asking questions about Jung and psychoanalysis is on topic as long as the question is one that might be of interest to a cognitive science audience (often understanding the history or why certain things have gone out of fashion is of interest). The real problem with this question is that it is poorly asked, and doesn't seem to have much initial research. I would advise the user to consult this thread.
Jun
2
comment Where do our memories get stored and how are they retrieved again?
@honi for these kind of very marginal questions, it is sometimes very instructive to write an answer that explains the implicit or explicit false premises. Not sure if you are interested in writing such an answer, but I would upvote one if it was given.
May
14
comment List of experiments contradicting the expected utility model
I completely disagree with @NickStauner, there is absolutely no way in which EUT fits with Cross Validated, and it is perfectly on topic here because psychology was central to forming behavioral economics, and early behavioral economics formed largely as a way to explain failures of EUT.
May
14
comment List of experiments contradicting the expected utility model
Also, it would be better if you expanded your question to be more self-contained for those that might not be familiar, by for instance giving a one sentence sketch of expected utility theory (because there are different levels of generality people use). I would also avoid "Most famous paradoxes" since that is a judgement call and experimental results are only 'paradoxical' if you make the mistake of assuming expected utility theory describes reality; just 'experiments contradicting EUT' seems more neutral.
May
14
comment List of experiments contradicting the expected utility model
@MartinVanderLinden I don't think a properly general St. Petersburg paradox is all that easy to step around; it requires a utility function that is bounded from above, which I almost never see in econ. For more, see the 4th paragraph of this blog post.
May
9
comment What is the mechanism explaining the effect of a positive attitude on immune system functioning?
Thanks for the reference @KeeganKeplinger, the reason that I was skeptical is that one would expect the placebo effect and positive attitude to work via the same mechanism, thus there is no clear way to do a placebo control for 'positivity' as you would for a drug. You could, however, design an experiment where every day the patient is asked to list and focus on the positive or negative (depending on which experimental group they are in) effects of their situation, and then compare the results of the two groups.
May
1
comment Does the Minnesota 12 steps model really produce an effective change in the treatment of drugs addictions?
@NickStauner I wish I could blame it on that, but I am on my laptop and it was just me doing too many things at once and not paying attention to what my fingers were typing. It is pretty common for me.
May
1
comment Does the Minnesota 12 steps model really produce an effective change in the treatment of drugs addictions?
Your question received a lot of close votes for "unclear what you are asking". I have tried to restructure your post, isolated the questions from the background, added more tags, and a link. If I changed the intent of your question then please roll-back or make more edits. You also make a claim in your question ("its duration is also too short to do it") without any evidence. Please provide a reference for this claim, or remove it.
May
1
comment Theoretical grounding for Agile/Scrum methodologies in software development
The people who voted to close (one of them has withdrawn their vote since the edits), voted it as "unclear what you are asking". Hopefully this has clarified it for them.
Apr
17
comment Is the Orch-OR Penrose-Hameroff model for consciousness sensible?
@remDup okay. I will close this question as a duplicate of the first one. After you read those friends, if you have further questions then feel free to ask a new question or edit this one with further clarifications (if you edit then flag the question after editing so I know you want it reopened).
Apr
16
comment Is the Orch-OR Penrose-Hameroff model for consciousness sensible?
As @KeeganKeplinger mentions, can you explain why this discussion doesn't answer you? If you want to read further then maybe this reddit discussion and my blog post might guide you as to why people usually don't usually seriously consider Penrose & Hameroff.
Apr
14
comment How to compare tasks completed by neural architectures objectively?
This is a nice question. One approach is to go as you are proposing from the direction of task difficulty, a dual idea would be to look at the complexity of the neural networks that solve the tasks. For that you might find this CogSci question and this cstheory question useful.
Apr
9
comment References for biologically plausible models of knowledge representation?
@Seanny123 I wasn't suggesting characterizing it as such. I was just giving examples of questions that are "how biologically plausible is x?" or "what are the downsides of x?" and x just happened to be bayesian models because those are posts I happened to remember.
Apr
9
comment References for biologically plausible models of knowledge representation?
@Seanny123 your comment could be turned into a separate question on the biological feasibility of VSA. Kind of like similar but more broad questions for biological plausibility and other downsides and limitations of bayesian models.
Mar
9
comment Can learning too much cause the information stored in our brain to become chaotic or tangled?
Did you read the answer on the question you linked explaining how the hard-drive analogy is misguided? Thus "2.5 petabytes" doesn't really mean anything. Also, have you ever tried remembering a dream? What about what you had for breakfast 537 days ago? Presumably you remembered that 536 days ago.