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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."


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.
Apr
1
comment What happens in the brain when conscious awareness is changed during dreaming onset?
I think I mentioned it on one of your other questions, but it's awful hard to get someone to fall asleep, stay asleep long enough to go into REM, and stay still enough while doing it to get a good reading in an MRI. If you accept EEG as a "neuroimaging" technique, then yes, there are a lot of studies about the NREM->REM transition periods.
Apr
1
comment Should questions in psychology always be objective questions?
I'm not sure even the biologists would accept the entire theory anymore, but for the classical/trace conditioning models as measured at the cerebellar level without descending control, it's a decent approximation.
Apr
1
reviewed Leave Open Is human Central Nervous System arousal related to choice of activity?
Apr
1
reviewed Close Should questions in psychology always be objective questions?
Apr
1
reviewed No Action Needed Do children follow parents' phobias genetically or by learning?
Mar
31
comment Should questions in psychology always be objective questions?
I'm not sure what you're getting at here. Are you talking about the research process in general or science or...? This needs to be fleshed out, as it stands it's more suited for a pub conversation, and I don't mean that as an insult.
Mar
29
comment Devices that detect when someone is falling asleep
@what Muscle tone only drops off completely in REM, when there is a gating between circuits in the brainstem and spinal cord (see this Bio.SE question). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has guidelines for sleep onset based on EEG frequencies on certain leads which were originally put forth in a seminal work in the 1960's (Rechtschaffen and Kales), see this for a comparison between the two systems.
Mar
28
awarded  Outspoken
Mar
28
reviewed Reviewed Why does speaking with rhythm help a subject get into a trance?
Mar
28
reviewed Reviewed How to tell a diagnosis from an actual state?
Mar
28
comment How to tell a diagnosis from an actual state?
I'm not sure I get this at all. Can you perhaps make it a bit more scientific? As it stands it's a bit frantic.
Mar
27
reviewed Close Practical Use For a Neuroimager
Mar
25
reviewed No Action Needed Images on personal computers - Which aspect of size to keep constant?
Mar
21
reviewed Reviewed Free online survey and diary software for conducting experience sampling studies
Mar
20
reviewed Reviewed Why do humans like being touched?
Mar
20
comment Why do humans like being touched?
This briefly touches on the "how", but not really the "why". Could you elaborate on it a bit?
Mar
19
reviewed Leave Open Why do humans like being touched?
Mar
18
comment EEG correlates of handedness
I haven't read that, but they're likely going to just be correlations that may have little to do with the actual "handedness" difference. Look into hearing, as a small percentage of left-handed people have their dominant cortices for speech and language shifted to the other side. This is not a reliable indicator, though, as even most left handed people have the same placement of Broca's area, etc.