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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.


Apr
4
comment Effect of words highlighting on reading comprehension
I've heard of syntax highlighting for IDEs, that seems to help a lot for programmers (at least for me), I would not be surprised if similar things would help for general reading.
Apr
3
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
I edited your question title (and moved the original title to the body), hopefully this captures the spirit of what you were asking, if not feel free to rollback my edit. Also, you might be interested in this comment/answer
Apr
3
comment What are some of the drawbacks to probabilistic models of cognition?
I agree that this is more a comment than an answer, but it could be closer to an answer on this question. Also, your last paragraph is incredibly true, and I wish more researchers were conscious of this :D.
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
But wouldn't the person answering be doing work equivalent in difficulty to that done by O'Boyle and Aguinis in a published paper?
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
It might be field specific (and I only have experience in my own field), but I find people are often cautious to question a paper's validity in a public forum, especially when it is the central finding and now some specific highly technical point. I still like the focused and technical nature of the question and your presentation, so I upvoted it.
Apr
2
comment Does individual work performance follow a Paretian distribution?
Good question, but I am worried that you are asking "is this paper correct?"
Mar
30
comment Details About How Information Is Stored in the Neural Structure?
This answer doesn't really talk about structure, it only mentions a very local update rule but not how the distribution of neurons and connection strengths created by following this rule encodes something.
Mar
30
comment Details About How Information Is Stored in the Neural Structure?
this is an extremely broad question. Please try to narrow it down to one that we would have a chance of answering. Also, please show what you already know about the question. Take a look at existing questions
Mar
29
comment How to analyze reaction times and accuracy together?
You might also want to take a look at this question for inspiration.
Mar
28
comment Can neural spiking in an organism temporarily cease?
good answer. Welcome to the site (or to activity on the site :D)!
Mar
28
comment Can neural spiking in an organism temporarily cease?
+1 thanks, especially for including the section of what you've considered.
Mar
28
comment Can neural spiking in an organism temporarily cease?
Why just near death freezing instead of the general question: are there cases where neuronal spiking stops completely and yet later resumes? Further, can you indicate that you have done some initial research on this question? Where have you looked for an answer?
Mar
28
comment In what ways can neurons fire randomly?
@JohnPick for this and (the old version of) your other question you might want to look at the following wikipedia article.
Mar
28
comment How does neural spiking begin in the fetus?
@JohnPick thank you, I will withdraw my downvote after the revised and more focused question is edited. Thank you for taking the time to improve the question. If you refine to the question I suggested, then it might be worthwhile to also include the developmental-psychology tag.
Mar
28
comment How does neural spiking begin in the fetus?
@JohnPick then don't include statements you don't know the validity of in your question unless they ARE your question. Without point 2 your question should be completely restated to only point 1, as "How does neural spiking begin in the fetus?"
Mar
28
comment How does neural spiking begin in the fetus?
@JohnPick can you provide a reference for all spiking ceasing as described in point 2?
Mar
28
comment How does neural spiking begin in the fetus?
@jonsca since the user seems unresponsive, I would suggest just explaining the relevant details of your other answer. It seems that the message there was along the lines of "neurons want to fire if conditions permit".
Mar
27
comment Do victims of parental abuse and neglect become abusive or neglectful parents?
Further, it is not clear what is meant by 'bad parenting' and what the OP expects to be measured in the study they are requesting in question (a). I strongly encourage the OP to focus on one of the questions (I suggest (a) as the most fitting one) and try to define their terms and what they are looking for more clearly. Until then, I have voted to close as not a real question.
Mar
27
comment Do victims of parental abuse and neglect become abusive or neglectful parents?
This question is pretty broad and asks several things a) "Does bad parenting breed bad parenting?" b) "Are there practices to train better parents-to-be?" c) "Are there general guidelines for parents?". These are 3 different questions, and not all of them directly related to the cognitive sciences or psychology. I would suggest asking some of these questions at parenting.SE where you will probably received better and more practical answers, especially on questions (b) and (c).
Mar
27
comment Biological plausibility of bayesian models of cognition
what are some papers you looked at already while thinking about this?