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I am a cognitive neuroscientist primarily studying spoken language and language impairments.


Aug
21
comment Why do humans have sex in private?
Interesting question. I'm not an expert on this, but maybe it is a kind of non-dominant mating strategy. In social animals, the dominant "alpha" males typically control reproductive access to females and non-dominant males sometimes develop strategies to circumvent this control. Maybe limiting sex to private is one of those strategies -- if it's in private the alpha male has less chance to stop it. Is there any evidence that any other species do this?
Aug
7
answered What is a source of case studies of personality disorders?
Aug
7
comment Is there evidence that brain and mind are separate?
More or less. I probably wouldn't describe the mind as "separate" from the physical brain. I'd say that the term "mind" refers to a set of physical mechanisms, processes, etc. that are better described and studied at the level of organism behavior than the level of neural firing.
Aug
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
6
comment Is there evidence that brain and mind are separate?
Keep in mind that the person peering inside the machine can provide very little guidance about webpage design or statistical analysis or many other functions that matter to the user. From that perspective, he has no idea how the computer works. David Marr (1982, Vision) is typically credited with articulating this functional independence between the "computational" (what it does), "algorithmic" (how it does it), and "implementational" (hardware) levels of analysis.
Aug
2
answered Is there evidence that brain and mind are separate?
Jul
14
awarded  Revival
Jul
13
comment Modern treatments of Alan Turing's B-type neural networks
I am not familiar with B-type neural networks, but they sound a bit like the Boltzmann machine (Hinton & Sejnowski, 1986, PDP, Vol. 1, Chapter 7) and Hopfield networks (Hopfield, 1982, 1984, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci.) that were developed in the 1980's and continue to be influential in connectionism.
Jul
13
answered Are some methods of teaching reading “bad”?
May
7
answered What is the field that studies community responses to incentives?
Mar
15
answered What are some of the drawbacks to probabilistic models of cognition?
Feb
28
comment How can I create computer based psychology experiments using OS X?
Good question! I mostly use E-Prime on PC, so I am not sure, but more and more people seem to be using python and writing code "from scratch" and I've heard good things about PsychoPy
Feb
24
answered References for biologically plausible models of knowledge representation?
Feb
23
awarded  Supporter
Feb
23
comment Any attempts at testing or modeling the 'cognitive conception' of language?
Gary Lupyan has used paradigms like articulatory suppression to look at how task performance is impaired when the contribution of language is removed.
Feb
21
answered Any attempts at testing or modeling the 'cognitive conception' of language?
Feb
16
answered What is Asperger's Syndrome?
Feb
8
awarded  Editor
Feb
8
revised Why does neuroplasticity decrease in adults?
Added second paragraph from comment
Feb
8
comment Why does neuroplasticity decrease in adults?
The idea is that "reduced plasticity" is just a consequence of interference from the established knowledge rather than a fundamental change in plasticity. Part of the argument (and I think this speaks to @ArtemKaznatcheev's second point) is that you only see reduced plasticity when there is a conflict between the (for example) first language and second language; aspects of the second language that match the first language are learned very quickly.