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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."


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revised Do lucid dream eyemasks work?
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Nov
5
reviewed Reviewed Is there an open-source / free official Myers-Briggs assessment I can adopt?
Nov
5
comment How do people visually recognize their own reflection?
Random aside, but I have edited "wandering" into "wondering" about 15-20 times in your questions on here and on Bio, I'm curious as to whether your choice of the word is deliberate. :)
Nov
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revised What happens neurobiologically when people “think fast”?
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Nov
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reviewed Reviewed How to explain emoticons to an autistic person?
Nov
3
comment How to explain emoticons to an autistic person?
I think the point of the question was how to explain the concepts of things like 'pleasure' and 'unhappiness' rather than deciphering what the :) and :( signify.
Nov
3
reviewed Reviewed Open source software for running Internet psychological experiments that collect reaction time data
Nov
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reviewed Reviewed Is the Neanderthal Theory of Autistic brain a reasonable scientific theory?
Nov
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comment Abstract idealized mental visualization improves motor task performance
Well, I wish I had a good answer for that. It's quite rare in the brain for anything to act in isolation, there's almost always some reciprocal connections and collaterals, so possibly thinking of it as sub-components of one big system is probably the most prudent, but leaves it as an intractable problem for the time being. It's hard to know where to draw the line.
Nov
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reviewed Reviewed The effect of lifestyle photography on sales conversion rates
Nov
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reviewed Reviewed Which neurotransmitters can be measured in a living human brain?
Nov
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reviewed Reviewed Is the Neanderthal Theory of Autistic brain a reasonable scientific theory?
Nov
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reviewed Reviewed How is it that taking a break from a problem sometimes allows you to figure out the answer?
Nov
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reviewed Close Can thought be shifted between subconscious and conscious awareness?
Nov
2
comment What kinds of maths to learn for understanding dynamical systems in cognitive science?
more intuitive grasp of things, but might be more painful in the short-term.
Nov
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comment What kinds of maths to learn for understanding dynamical systems in cognitive science?
Let me preface this by saying I think this question might be a bit too open ended for the site, but to give you a head start... Well, don't be embarrassed you haven't taken calculus, everyone has to start somewhere. However, I would say that a solid course in differential equations is a prereq for anything "dynamical", and that normally requires a couple of semesters of single variable, and usually a semester of multivariable calculus to stomach it all. Of course, you could just start studying the dynamical systems and fill in whatever math you run across, which will give you a
Nov
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comment Abstract idealized mental visualization improves motor task performance
I don't think this has anything to do with what he's asking about, actually. Those are single-unit studies in the brainstem in a descending pathway, what the OP is referring to is more of a cortical representation problem.
Nov
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comment Abstract idealized mental visualization improves motor task performance
I think this is an interesting question as is, but if you want to get a head start with it, searching on terms like "internal representation" and "intrinsic coordinates" should get you some hits for a general overview.
Nov
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answered Why is Asperger Syndrome poorly recognised in France?
Nov
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comment How can I test whether Dorsal Raphe Nucleus(DRN) activity at night is related to variations in mood?
The thing about commercially available headbands is that they don't use any sort of gel to interface with the scalp, so you really end up with EMGs of the forehead muscles.