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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."


May
10
reviewed Excellent What is the standard error of measurement for teacher made multiple choice tests?
Apr
30
comment In a central pattern generator based on reciprocal inhibition, how does one “side” get picked over the other to start out?
Honi's got most of it, but it also involves refractory periods and post-inhibitory characteristics of the membrane ("rebound").
Apr
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can we increase our higher order thinking (HOT) skills by practicing inductive reasoning?
Apr
30
comment What defines the easiest time to get out of bed in the morning for humans?
It's so chock full of stuff, it will keep you reading for a long time. It has a very clear explanation of PGO waves that I used to like to reread.
Apr
29
comment What defines the easiest time to get out of bed in the morning for humans?
Grab a used copy of Kryger, Roth, and Dement. It's costly, but it's the veritable santa biblia of sleep physiology
Apr
29
comment What defines the easiest time to get out of bed in the morning for humans?
There are a couple very successful sleep apps for smartphones that are marketed for this principle as long as I can remember people have been trying to find an "ideal" wakeup time, but it depends on so many factors (prior sleep debt, energy level, levels of certain medications) that it likely varies too widely to pin down even for one individual.
Apr
24
comment How much time is required to relearn a subject after x years?
I understand that you are interested. Different factors (e.g., difficulty of the subject, relationship to other subjects one has mastered already, connections between the topics within the discipline) could make the answer vary widely when comparing studying calculus versus Basque Literature.
Apr
23
comment How much time is required to relearn a subject after x years?
I fear the only answer to this is "it depends...".
Apr
21
comment What is the difference between psychophysics and neurophysiology?
(it's a good answer regardless, but (over)oversimplifying might be hampering when the OP tries to look for more information)
Apr
21
comment What is the difference between psychophysics and neurophysiology?
Physiology really only refers to the study of function. Physics and physiology share a common root word, and there are many physical principles studied in physiology (pressure, fluid dynamics, adhesion, etc.), but I wouldn't say that they are synonymous.
Apr
17
comment When did neurotransmitters derived from monoamines first appear in evolutionary history?
An interesting question. Some type of receptor-mediated membrane potential regulation probably can be found in single-cell eukaryotes, but I don't have a reference for that.
Apr
9
reviewed Reviewed How can psychometry measure the very high IQ's in adults?
Apr
9
reviewed No Action Needed What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
Apr
8
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
@DanM. I'm attempting to work on one, and I'll try to have it done by later tonight. I think the answer below, while an honest attempt, at least partly proves my point, though.
Apr
7
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
(I hadn't noticed the edit before, but yes, that seems a bit more reasonable)
Apr
7
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
@DanM. As I had mentioned in chat with Jeff, I may be in the minority here, so we'll see what happens. Currently I'm the only close vote.
Apr
7
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
(example is just illustrative, of course)
Apr
7
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
primary textbook be for students with limited stats background and 1-2 upper division courses in psych or biology..." I think it would be a much stronger question.
Apr
7
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
@DanM. I think at it's core, it's a good question. I'm not so much advocating for a "close this and get it out of here" as I am trying to prevent a rash of answers that may not turn out to be helpful to you. I think the reason the question you linked to didn't get closed was because it was incredibly specific and focused. If you presented this one as "I am thinking about Gazzaniga's book, but it might have too much information for an intro level class, but I if I used that as a supplement, what would a good
Apr
7
comment What is a good textbook for an undergrad Cognitive Neuroscience course?
@JoshGitlin I think it should probably be closed, given that there are no criteria for evaluation and it's soliciting advice.