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


Dec
25
comment Can scientific evidence support concepts of the soul?
You may be interested in this recent paper: Clarke, P.G.H. (2014). Neuroscience, quantum indeterminism and the Cartesian soul. Brain and Cognition, 84(1), 109-117. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bandc.2013.11.008.
Jul
23
comment Psychological journal that focuses on publishing interesting psychological datasets
Behavior Research Methods publishes papers about norms and other data sets that may be of interest to a wide range of researchers.
Jul
12
comment Research on “probabilistic thinking” in non-human animals?
You may want to check out research using the Iowa Gambling Task, which seems very similar to the scenario you described.
Jul
12
comment To what degree does environment govern the severity of symptoms in schizophrenia?
It is important to keep in mind that genetic factors are easily exaggerated. For schizophrenia, having a first-degree relative with the disorder raises the risk from below 1% to 6.5% (article), but that still means that the vast, vast majority (93.5%) of people with a first-degree relative who has schizophrenia do not develop it.
Jun
24
comment Is there a psychological explanation for people being 'overcome by the Holy Spirit'?
Temporal lobe epilepsy is also associated with hyper-religiosity, ecstatic states, and paranormal hallucinations.
May
29
comment Is there any (free) program that allows the recording of text input and the speed of input?
Seems like something you could do with python. The psychopy toolbox might help.
May
22
comment Predicting the landing site of a saccade while the saccade is still in progress
@skleene Interesting. I've seen eye-tracking demos with gaze contingent manipulations like a gray box at gaze position, which creates the entertainingly frustrating experience of being able to see the scene in one's peripheral vision but blocking out whatever the participant tries to fixate. But that may not be what you're looking for.
May
21
comment Predicting the landing site of a saccade while the saccade is still in progress
There is a lot of work on predicting fixation patterns during reading, scene perception/exploration, and naturalistic tasks (making a sandwich, navigating around obstacles, etc.). As far as I know, these predictions are typically made based on the structure of the text/scene/task, not during each saccade. Is there a reason you want to make the prediction specifically during a saccade?
Apr
8
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
Would it be useful to start a meta discussion about whether this site should allow questions about teaching psychology, cognitive science, etc., and how such questions should be formulated?
Apr
8
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
@ArtemKaznatcheev I agree that the combination of cognitive-psychology and neurobiology covers nearly the same territory as cognitive-neuroscience, but my sense is that "cognitive neuroscience" is a widely used term in the field and that it means something more than the sum of cognitive psychology and neurobiology, so it warrants its own tag.
Apr
7
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
Part of my motivation in asking this question was that I thought questions about teaching Cognitive Science could become an active topic for this site. Such questions would naturally be a little more open-ended than the typical SE question, but maybe we'd have multiple good answers (currently a rare occurrence). In any case, although it seems like there was some interest in my question (and perhaps there would be for other teaching questions), there doesn't seem to be much interest in answering it, so perhaps this is the wrong place for it.
Apr
7
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
JoshGitlin - Thanks for converting my question to a Community Wiki question, I should've asked it there in the first place. @ChuckSherrington - I thought this question would be ok to ask because there's been at least one question about textbooks before and I followed the suggestions from this meta discussion and tried to frame the question in a focused and constructive way.
Mar
2
comment What are the effects of social rejection on the brain?
You could try doing a forward search for articles that cite Eisenberger et al., 2003. Looks like there's over 1400!
Nov
6
comment Should always selecting the same response on the IOWA Gambling Test result in a good value?
I'm not sure I understand your question. The key aspect of the task is the relative values of the payoffs, not the absolute values. So (typically) the optimal strategy is to always choose the good deck, whether that gets you $4 or $40 or $4000 is an essentially arbitrary design decision. Depending on how you set up your study, you may want to use big numbers (make it more exciting?) or small numbers (actually pay participants their winnings?), the key piece is still the relative value of the "good" vs. "bad" decks.
Oct
31
comment What is a good beginner level book on neuroanatomy?
If you're just looking for an atlas of the human brain, I find Jurgen Mai's atlas extremely helpful.
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
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
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.
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.
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