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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."

I apologize that my activity on the site has been dwindling for a long time. Other commitments have pulled me away, but I still have a special place in my heart for CogSci. I am still keeping an eye on things, so behave yourselves.


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.
Mar
18
reviewed Leave Open Is there a name for the tendency to use proper nouns often in conversation?
Mar
17
reviewed No Action Needed What was the experiment where a person is given something and then has to share it with another person
Mar
17
reviewed No Action Needed Term for incentives working without conscious awareness
Mar
16
comment Are “diagnostic” senses/feelings for brain study possible?
It's related, but not exactly what you are seeking: check out Kevin Warwick who has used himself as a test subject in the "new senses" research you are speaking about.
Mar
16
comment Is there a name for the tendency to use proper nouns often in conversation?
@what I was just teasing by putting a country name in my statement to add weight :) It did need some clarification, and thanks for providing it.
Mar
16
comment Is there a name for the tendency to use proper nouns often in conversation?
This is going to need a lot more clarification, Canada.
Mar
15
reviewed No Action Needed Most common cognitive biases?