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I am an independent software consultant specializing in the .NET platform and big data (visualizations and nosql). I live and work in the Washington, DC area, primarily working with the government. I recently earned a Master of Science in Human Factors Engineering (part of IMSE) from Iowa State University, and am currently working on a paper about the cognitive effects of Problem-Based Learning on new and experienced learners.


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comment What's the explanation of this optical illusion where many coloured arcs radiate from a central point?
I would further edit this answer to put the proximate cause (microsaccades) up closer to the top. The second portion of the "cause", which is put in front of microsaccades, perhaps can help explain what is going on, but it is definitely an effect in this case.
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comment Do the colour blind have a distinct visual cortex structure?
One important note, which I believe is important here, is to consider that (a) true color-blindness is extremely rare - much more common is a deficiency, where the individual can perceive the colors but at a reduced intensity; also (b) there are several forms of color-deficiencies out there, as well as levels of severity. You would almost certainly need to conduct your own research into this question.
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comment Can one alter their auditory perception?
Ugh, well I see from the accepted answer that you got somewhere close to where you wanted. But, it is important to remember that we understand very little about how the brain functions under normal conditions, and almost nothing about how it functions under abnormal conditions. So, I guess I don't see much value in asking such a broad question likely only to solicit opinion and conjecture.
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comment Is there any study on the effectiveness of taking notes in a lecture vs taking notes on written materials?
I ran a study that showed there wasn't much difference in having a lecturer vs. having the students figure it out on their own. Not what you are looking for but food for thought.
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comment Can one alter their auditory perception?
This question is sort of broad, and maybe a bit off-base. Perception of sound varies greatly from individual to individual. Hearing damage greatly affects what sounds are perceptible to certain individuals. Furthermore, there are a series of steps in a complex chain of events that translate air vibrations into perceptions, let alone detected signals. Can you please clarify what you are looking for?
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comment For what kind of concepts do we really need an analogy?
An analogy is simply an example when an example is impractical to present. Can you create more of a distinction, or can you present an example of literature that you are talking about?
Nov
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reviewed Close The best “negative motivation” movies (or books, etc.)?
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comment The best “negative motivation” movies (or books, etc.)?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about recommending a movie or a book - this is not a book club.
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reviewed Leave Open Why is it easier to learn something when you have a teacher explain it?
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comment Why is it easier to learn something when you have a teacher explain it?
I agree with @Krysta - there are definitely interesting answers that could be had.
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reviewed Close Concept maps. What exactly they are?
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comment Concept maps. What exactly they are?
Concept mapping as I understand it, is a way to elicit the thought process of a person (or people) in a pseudo-scientific manner. You might want to modify this question to put in a reasonable definition of a concept map.
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reviewed Close Is being “hyper”-offended, no matter the cause, an indicator that someone might be a socio-/psychopath?
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reviewed Leave Open Are any kinds of behavior proved to correlate with testosterone levels?
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reviewed Close Dynamical systems theory as a metaphor in psychology: is it useful or not?
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reviewed Leave Open If I have ADHD, how can I focus on programming task for hours?
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reviewed Close Where to obtain and how to score the Bukowski et al “Friendship Qualities Scale”?
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reviewed Close Are recent affordable EEG devices any good?
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comment What causes introverts to lose “energy” in social settings and require recovery afterwards?
Interesting question- aside from the fact that social gatherings involve lots of movement, standing on your feet, talking, planning, etc. I wonder if there are two types of draining - physical and psychological going on?
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