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Apr
27
comment What is the psychological effect of wearing black clothes?
What makes you suspect that this question will have a consistent answer across cultures? Or are you asking only within a certain culture, like the modern west? If so, can you clarify. Also, if you had sources for the things you've read then adding those to your question would greatly improve it.
Apr
18
comment Why do power laws describe learning and skill acquisition so well?
From the wikipedia article you cite: "subsequent research by Heathcote, Brown, and Mewhort suggests that the power function observed in learning curves that are averaged across participants is an artifact of aggregation.[3] Heathcote et al. suggest that individual-level data is better fit by an exponential function and the authors demonstrate that the multiple exponential curves will average to produce a curve that is misleadingly well fit by a power function." Do power laws model individual learning well? Or are they an artifact of averaging?
Apr
18
comment How do ligands bind to and release from receptors?
@ChristianHummeluhr normally I would be inclined to agree with you, but Chuck's comment suggests that this could be a border-case between bio and our site.
Apr
10
comment Which political system stimulates individuals the most to strive for the greater good?
If I could cast a non-binding vote then I would vote that this question is too broad. The whole fields of moral and political philosophy have struggled with this question for over 2 millennia; how do you define "the greater good", how do you define "political system", are all highly non-trivial questions. However, some variant of this question would be very interesting, if you were a bit more precise on your parameters.
Mar
16
comment Where do you get your news?
@Emile over on Reddit, /r/scholar can be a good place to request papers, but you didn't hear that from me ;).
Feb
27
comment What is the evolutionary purpose of envy?
You might be interested in this post and this discussion of inequality aversion (and links therein) that discuss this from an evolutionary game theory perspective.
Feb
8
comment What causes Capgras (“imposter”) Syndrome?
Awesome! Thanks for this self-answer. You might want to include a "to not be confused with imposter syndrome: cogsci.stackexchange.com/q/8973/29"; and the link to the question that originally generated this, in case others make the same error as you did originally.
Feb
7
comment What causes impostor syndrome?
Here is a useful related discussion.
Jan
27
comment How is the biological accuracy of ANNs typically measured?
I like this question a lot. There seems to be a deeper underlying question of how is the accuracy (or the usefulness) of any mathematical (or computational) model to be measured? For that question, it might be important to notice that there are different types of models with different goals, so a single answer might not exist; that might still be true even if restricted to ANNs.
Jan
20
comment Evidence that positive rewards are learnt faster than negative rewards?
@what what is the obvious statement that doesn't need to be shown? That beating children is a less effective at getting them to learn than smiling at them? Seems like a non-obvious statement to me, especially given the history of education. I've definitely heard the sentiment you're expressed before, and it does seem to be a central part of modern perspectives in education, at least in the west. But dismissing zergylord with a story or apples-and-oranges is not conducive to learning, nor is his caution unwarranted given how notorious educational-psych is for not doing well controlled studies.
Jan
14
comment Definition of or research on fun
@Krysta if you have extra criteria for answers, like demanding that they be empirical (since, as we've discussed before, this is not an inherent criteria for CogSci) then you should make that explicit in your question out of respect for the time of people who write the answers.
Jan
14
comment How to integrate word prediction keyboard into P300-based BCI (brain computer interface) system?
Thank you for the question. Please try to avoid creating redundant tags. For example, on this question you created both the tag brain-computer-interface and bci, and on a previous question you introduced both error-related-negativity and ern; you should avoid creating multiple tags that mean the same things, and try to use existing tags as much as possible. I've fixed them on both this and the previous question. Also, although this question is on-topic here, it might get better response at UX.SE.
Jan
12
comment Name for awareness of the probability of an event increasing the probability of it happening
Relevant xkcd
Jan
12
comment Does eye contact improve attention and learning?
Would you mind including some references? Since the user is specifically hunting for a reference to a result they had seen.
Jan
9
comment Can information theory be applied to human interactions and communication?
When looking for applications of IT (or related areas like stat mech) then you should be wary of interdisciplinitis. In particular, you might find Elias (1958) relevant and funny. As for the specifics of your question, note that you have assumed that language is for communicating internal mental states with high fidelity (like a channel in information theory), not all linguists would agree.
Jan
7
comment Evolutionary game theory in the cognitive sciences
Thanks for this; I am a huge fan of BBS for reviews. I will read through it.
Nov
29
comment Food sharing and mutual aid among the homeless
Thanks @TomášZato, if I wanted a more general question then I would have asked that more general question. You are, of course, welcome to ask the more general question as your own. I am familiar with the answer to this question in various other settings, but also know that such behaviors are very culture specific, and so I want an answer for this specific (although still very heterogeneous) group if possible.
Nov
26
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".