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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
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".
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.