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May
13
comment PTSD based on false memories
@ChristianHummeluhr I don't need experimental manipulations, I am happy with case studies. I don't see why such case studies cannot exist in principle: some people have long-term psychotherapists that they attend regardless of previous trauma (i.e. as a preventative measure; this is advised for psychiatry residents at our school, for instance), so such people could be certified as "typical" before and then later develop PTSD which after investigation turns out to be based around an event that never happened. The other direction has case-studies from people with an absent fear response.
May
12
comment Does cognitive & behavioral schools have any analysis for “sympathy” & “compassion”?
As stated, this question is far too broad, and I don't understand the choice to tags; what does behaviourism have to do with this? I would advise reading through the relevant Wikipedia pages to get yourself started, maybe this blog post will help point you in some useful directions.
May
11
comment What is the difference between behavioral science and cognitive science?
I am not a huge fan of declaring disciplines that don't self identify as sub-disciplines of each other as dependent based on a domain of overlap; since what matters is not just what is studied but how it is studied (else, why not just say everything is physics? As some physicists might). But even if we did subscribe to this reductionist program of field classification, I would disagree with your answer as written. You said behavioral science is "animal or human behavior" while cognitive science studies cognition not only in animals and humans, but extends to questions in AI.
May
10
comment Is 'intuition' related to 'extrasensory perception'?
Since the OP seems to have some concerns/confusions about intuition as a (potentially) non-deteministic process, I would suggest adding a bit to this answer on how the dual-process view of heuristic is not incompatible with determinism; you are simply not consciously aware of the machinery that arrives at the intuition, but that unconscious machinery can still be deterministic. I could write this as a separate answer myself, but I feel like that would be spending too many words on a passing comment by the OP.
May
10
comment Which schools of psychotherapy are most credible to a hard scientist?
Although I might be more open to people offering their professional subjective opinion than @ChristianHummeluhr is, this answer does bother me. It seems like just a quote (and not even a self-contained one, since the references are just numbers) from wikipedia. A lot of the quote also seems irrelevant to the question. I feel like this would have been more appropriate as a link in the comments than as an answer.
May
10
comment Which schools of psychotherapy are most credible to a hard scientist?
Just don't let the Skeptic know CBT's roots in Stoic philosophy; it might flare up an old Hellenistic debate ;).
May
10
comment Which schools of psychotherapy are most credible to a hard scientist?
@Anon1423563 I like this question, but I thought it would be more clear if your "edit" was presented before the hypothetical profile and have edited it accordingly. Feel free to revert my edits if you feel they miss the spirit of your question.
May
7
comment Is it easy in languages other than English to read a paragraph where all but the first and last letters of every word have been rearranged?
I don't think your comparison in German is a fair one. You used a word that combines several roots, and thus has in it a grammatical structure that the inside of an English words lacks. What happens if you scrambled while respecting that structure? i.e. keep the first and last letter of each root and the connectives as-is and randomize the letters inside each root. Will the word then be readable by a skilled German reader?
May
6
comment How strongly are creative ideas influenced by our environment?
I think this question is too broad as stated, mostly because "creative ideas" is too vague a term. I think you should restrict your question in light of the multiple discovery wikipedia article. If you want some fun reading, I like this post on multiple discoveries (of proofs; something that is much less vague) in mathematics. Also, this question might be a better fit on history.SE.
May
6
comment Which area of the brain was first correctly associated with a specific function?
@AliceD I wanted to ping you to see if you wanted to expand your comment into a full answer.
May
6
comment Optical illusions : human universal vs environmental influences
I don't think that what @ChristianHummeluhr describes is the only option for rewording this question. In particular, I think that "Which sort of visual illusions are believed to be universal across human cultures?" can be a perfectly well-formed question. However, the answer might be "what do you consider an illusion?". For example, is colour an illusion? When I (and as far as I know when people of other cultures) look at my computer screen, I do not see decomposition into intensities of three wavelengths but have the illusion of their combination.
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.