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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.


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
20
comment Elementary + Sherlock Holmes = Behavior Analyst?
You should put more effort into your questions; you've had many questions closed. Some sources on this question (apart from browsing wikipedia) to get you started: Snyder LJ (2004). Sherlock Holmes: Scientific detective. Endeavour 28(3): 104–108.; Didierjean, A. & Gobet, F (2008). Sherlock Holmes — An expert’s view of expertise. British Journal of Psychology 99: 109–125. For some other connections between the literature on Holmes and the methods of psychology, see here.
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 Topics for short-term EEG project, and sources for freely available EEG data
I am inclined to side with @Krysta in viewing the "topic suggestion" as not appropriate for the SE format (also, something that you should do by consulting with your advisor). Asking for online sources of EEG data is a good question, though, but you should flesh out in more detail what kind of data you want. If you are interested in an example of how to do this, consider two of my questions on publicly available data here and to a lesser extent here.
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
10
comment What needs to be true in order for humans to have free will?
What initial research have you done? Why did you tag this question 'cognitive-modeling' and 'computational-modeling'? Neither of those tags seems appropriate, so I will retag it for you.
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".
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.