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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.


Jun
11
comment Does not consistently providing a reward strengthen operant conditioning?
The first part of this answer might also be helpful.
Jun
11
comment What concepts of perception should designers be aware of when designing?
@user568458 I have been trying to encourage others to reopen this question, if you want to help me by making a case, please join us in chat
Jun
10
comment How does evolution help in Minsky's theory of a resourceful mind?
@Alpha no problem, I've been meaning to write this answer for a while now, but kept getting distracted. I hope to see you become more active on the site and asking more fun questions :D.
Jun
10
comment Perception of probability of being right
@PiotrMigdal note that your $p_\mathrm{real}$ is not clearly defined. Is it the proportion of questions the participant answered correctly? Or is it the probability that a participant drawn at random from some sort of self-similar ensemble answers the answer correctly? Note that most processes in psychology are not ergodic so the two view-points described before are not usually equivalent.
Jun
9
comment Do people like those who are similar to them and why?
@JimThio no, it is not the "grease that facilitate better outcome". First in an evolutionary setting there is not a well defined 'better', assuming a 'better' is a teleological assumption which is frowned upon in evolutionary biology. More importantly, even with the definition of 'higher payoff for everyone' it is not better, since I specifically talk about cases where it leads to irrational defection (i.e. moving away from a Pareto dominant strategy even when it is a Nash eq.) in the last paragraph.
Jun
8
comment Do people like those who are similar to them and why?
Also, you should be careful with the word 'like' it is very ambiguous. Try to use more precise language. In particular, your question as-is could also be answered from the mate-selection perspective.
Jun
8
comment Compared efficiency of different spaced-repetition memorisation techniques
Here is a related question that might be of interest.
Jun
7
comment The feeling a person gets when they finish a series
Is there some science to support that the Landmark Forum approach would work? And to what extent? I can imagine it helping you overcome the slight feeling of loss when you finish a book, but what about the loss of a child? Somewhere in-between I would expect a limit. If we have no idea where that limit is, it doesn't seem particularly scientific.
Jun
6
comment What are current neuronal explanations and models of 'consciousness'?
Do you know if there have been lesion studies on this? Are there examples of humans who have lost or suffered significant damage to the claustrum and remained alive?
Jun
6
comment Does having a sense of purpose increase longevity?
I think this restatement is on-topic, and I have voted to reopen (and removed my downvote). However, I think the question could still be improved by connecting it better to what is already known, because an about.com article is not that much initial research.
Jun
6
comment Using natural language processing for traffic monitoring from video
Also, Fig 1 of Paper 2, is just a summary (in figure form) of the key ideas of Paper 1. I am not sure what you are asking.
Jun
6
comment Using natural language processing for traffic monitoring from video
OP, I think you should familiarize yourself with the basics of NLP. For some introductory resources, see this question and answers on ling.SE
Jun
6
comment Bias towards purchasing tangible vs virtual goods
@BenBrocka The new title makes me think of a different question that the original formulation. In the original formulation I thought of going to a book store versus buying a book on Amazon except for cheaper items. The current version of the question seems to be about buying goods that are not physical (not just purchasing physical good via the online medium). Is that the intended question by the OP? In either version, I agree that OP should wait to ask question 3 after receiving answers to 1 and 2.
Jun
5
comment Using natural language processing for traffic monitoring from video
I can't understand what you are asking. Also, if you don't what "stuff" you are doing, how can you ask for open-source tools for doing it? Figure out what you want to do and how to phrase it precisely and accurately in the form of one question, then based on what you learn in your initial search ask a specific well-focused questions. At this point I have to vote to close as "not a real question".
Jun
4
comment Is this optical illusion the visual equivalent of binaural beats?
@draks try to be more precise when you mean 'brain' and when you mean 'mind', and definitely try to be more precise with the word 'stimulate'; Any stimuli trivially stimulates. Also, drastically changing the question (by for instance changing the image it is based around) after it has answers is usually considered bad form.
Jun
3
comment Plotting publication-quality ball-and-stick models of brain connectivity in 3D
Welcome to the site! Glad to have you, here. I have formatted your question slightly for readability (and added two tags), feel free to roll-back my edits if they do not preserve the spirit of your question.
Jun
3
comment Subconscious vs Unconscious
@cpx the whole point of the vagueness of 'subconscious' in everyday use is that it is not clear what people mean when they say it. Sometimes they mean 'preconscious' and sometimes they mean 'unconscious' (and sometimes they mean something else completely). They way you used 'subconscious' in your question (and as I already explained in my answer) is more-or-less the same as the technical term 'preconscious'.
Jun
2
comment What are current neuronal explanations and models of 'consciousness'?
I think the scholarpedia article on models of consciousness is a very good source for this question.
Jun
2
comment What are current neuronal explanations and models of 'consciousness'?
This is an awesome answer! I added some formatting and links to make it a bit quicker to read. If that is an issue, feel free to roll-back my edits.
Jun
2
comment Visual search: complexity of positive vs negative search tasks
The only 'self-theorizing' is that "not" is not an essential property. But if you think the answer is incorrect, or does not answer the question, then I welcome the downvote. I personally think @H.Muster gave a better answer to this question, and I am not 100% sure why OP accepted my answer, apart from maybe the reference to Treisman that completely answers his specific question.