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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."


Feb
16
reviewed Reviewed Why are most people right handed?
Feb
15
reviewed No Action Needed Is acrophobia connected to falling in dreams?
Feb
15
reviewed Leave Open Is acrophobia connected to falling in dreams?
Feb
14
comment Is the eye direction language dependent on the direction of writing?
(so really, I'm not trying to rain on your parade, just saying that it's kind of a neat observation, but I'm not sure it could be validated -- as always, anyone is welcome to prove me wrong on that)
Feb
14
comment Is the eye direction language dependent on the direction of writing?
It's one of those things that correlates with some people some of the time It's definitely not complete BS, but it's not something I would bank a research career on or use as a lie detection method. By analogy, you may have an uncanny trend of eating steak on Sundays, but that may be influenced more by the fact that you do your grocery shopping on Saturdays and steak is usually on sale, and not anything to do with your appetite for steak being on a 7-day cycle.
Feb
14
comment Is the eye direction language dependent on the direction of writing?
I think the first notions come from neurolinguistic programming, which is largely unsubstantiated by science. It's one of those things that correlates with some people some of the time, but it doesn't quite allow for generalization. While I think your second example with writing is poetic, I think you may be reading too much into it.
Feb
12
reviewed No Action Needed What are the most well-understood vocal animal languages?
Feb
12
reviewed No Action Needed What does hemispatial neglect vision look like?
Feb
8
reviewed No Action Needed What causes dreamers to accept dreams as reality?
Feb
7
comment What causes dreamers to accept dreams as reality?
I think from a practical perspective it's difficult to get someone into a comfortable sound sleep in an MRI machine.
Feb
7
revised What causes dreamers to accept dreams as reality?
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Feb
6
reviewed No Action Needed Teaching Problem Solving : Mastering bit by bit Vs Try it all by yourself?
Feb
6
reviewed No Action Needed Lexical Decision (Web-)App
Feb
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to reliably measure working memory capacity?
Feb
4
comment Do humans mentally discretize numbers?
Related, and nearly a duplicate: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/1118/…
Feb
3
comment Psychology of timbre processing
@Xurtio It's indisputable that it could be studied. I'm just concerned with trying to establish lower-level correlates of "I like tubas because they remind me of the time I played in marching band on a cold day during the state football championships" would be difficult (so in terms of his second bullet point).
Feb
3
comment What are some examples of emergent abilities?
I sort of see where you're going with this, but it would be nice if you could narrow it down, e.g., are we talking about cognitive skills, motor skills, etc?
Feb
3
revised Best practice to handle double negatives when using the expectancy-value model?
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Feb
2
comment Psychology of timbre processing
@Xurtio Sure, that would certainly be true if you could extract which physical features make those notes unique and examine them objectively, recognizing that the quantity "timbre" (e.g.,note on a piano vs. note on a violin, as the Wiki example cites) itself is likely measurable. The higher-level "judgement" of that complex quantity is likely still too abstract, though.
Feb
2
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