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(a.k.a. jonsca here)

Sir Charles Scott Sherrington is one of my science heroes, so I'm featuring him on my cogsci profile. He is often credited with coining the word "synapse."


Mar
14
revised Has a Split Brain patient's right brain been asked if he has qualia?
Question clarification with a bit of background
Mar
10
reviewed No Action Needed Why do some days feel fast and others feel slow?
Mar
10
reviewed Reviewed Has a Split Brain patient's right brain been asked if he has qualia?
Mar
10
comment Has a Split Brain patient's right brain been asked if he has qualia?
Can you clarify your question a bit, the wording is a bit confusing.
Mar
10
reviewed No Action Needed Why does your recorded or objective voice sound different to what you hear in your own head?
Mar
10
reviewed No Action Needed The function of pumps in forming the resting potential
Mar
6
reviewed No Action Needed Is depression an inflammatory disease?
Mar
6
reviewed Reviewed Can the daily use of two or more languages impact cognitive capacity?
Mar
4
reviewed No Action Needed Does everyone have some degree of Aspergers?
Feb
27
comment Why does optogenetics not mean that perfect brain-computer interfaces are possible?
To guarantee that you hit upon a transfected neuron and have no light leakage to the surrounding (transfected) cells would be quite a feat, and I don't think that the field is ready for that level of specificity quite yet. It's a great question, btw, just saying that some of it is probably more hyped up than anything that's actually possible right now.
Feb
27
comment Why does optogenetics not mean that perfect brain-computer interfaces are possible?
I am by no means an expert in optigenetics, but I have worked with photolytic uncaging of neurotransmitters in vivo. When the Wired article says That is to say, they insert the new gene into every neuron in that area, indiscriminately. But because of the promoter, the gene will only turn on in one type of neuron. All the other neurons will ignore it., they are referring to what may be dozens to hundreds of cell bodies and thousands of fibers of passage (white matter tracts) in that cubic millimeter.
Feb
27
comment Is cognitive science hypothesis-based or bound to strict experiments involving statistics?
@Sam I think you clarified it much better with the comment above, so I incorporated that into your question.
Feb
27
revised Is cognitive science hypothesis-based or bound to strict experiments involving statistics?
added 103 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Feb
26
comment Is perfectionism related to OCD?
Thank you, I have removed my vote.
Feb
26
comment How do thoughts work at the neuron level?
I think this is an intriguing question, but I don't think any researchers are going to be able to answer it for a long time. That being said, we do understand on some level how particular nuclei in the brain stem (e.g., the locus ceruleus) are able to modulate the receptive fields of certain sensory neurons. To characterize what constitutes "thought" at a high level is difficult enough, but getting down to the level of even how individual networks contribute to it is going to be formidable.
Feb
26
comment Is perfectionism related to OCD?
Self-help questions are off-topic here. See if you can reframe this one in terms of the title question rather than your own experiences.
Feb
25
comment Neurosurgically grown neural link between two brains?
Nice to see you around again :)
Feb
25
comment What are the neurological differences between those who have a high tolerance to pain and those who do not?
@NickStauner Very interesting, thanks for pointing that out!
Feb
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
24
reviewed Leave Open Aesthetic preference for even or odd numbers