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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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comment What does Inter-Personal conflict means in clinical evaluation?
Is this a real instance of a clinical evaluation? No one really uses Rorschach tests anymore, especially not for diagnosing depression in the clinic.
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comment Do social networks cause psychological problems?
What do you mean by "exceeding their limits"?
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comment How do laypeople form a judgement that another person is smart or intelligent?
It's a lot better. :) I think you should refocus it on how we define thresholds for subjective measurements, as that would provide a more general answer, but it's up to you.
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comment What causes people to rapidly lose skill after becoming moderately good at something?
Self-help questions are discouraged on the site. This question was only marginally in that category, but I have edited out the personal aspects to make it more general and to discourage voting to close. Feel free to make any changes to my edits as needed.
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comment How do laypeople form a judgement that another person is smart or intelligent?
The second part of this question makes it off-topic. The first part is marginally on-topic, but as you've figured out for yourself, these definitions are highly subjective. I'd recommend reformulating a question around that.
Jul
22
comment What are the mental disorders associated with the Acknowledgement of Function and Dysfunction?
The Air-Conditioner breaking, A bad score on a test, a relative dying, a stone cracking a persons windshield are all things that stress people with no known psychopathology. I think you have to rethink your examples in terms of "catastrophizing" behaviors that may be common to obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (an Axis II diagnosis), obsessive-compulsive disorder (Axis I), or some of the anxiety disorders.
Jul
22
comment Introvert's Ability in Reflection
I would recommend reading blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/2014/06/09/… which is a great introduction to the "Big 5" personality criteria regarding introversion/extroversion and asking a more specific question. If you're not intimately familiar with the different types (I honestly wasn't) the blog post is a real eye-opener.
Jul
20
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
Sorry to be "Johnny Comment" here, but this related Bio.SE question has some good information: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/19767/…
Jul
20
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
Incidentally, while I seem like an old curmudgeon, what I'm really saying is learning more about the neuron itself will be a better step for your own edification than getting hung up on the analogies. Also, take a look at the enteric nervous system. It's got almost as many neurons as the brain does, but there's a key component missing and that's the number of synapses present. It's be quite a CPU as well, but it's main function is to propel food through the gut.
Jul
19
comment Is this a correct representation of the DSM-5 Codes?
I know the book is expensive, but you can probably request it through your local library. If getting the specifics right is that important to you, that's probably the best option.
Jul
19
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
@KugBuBu This blog post covers it pretty well: scienceblogs.com/developingintelligence/2007/03/27/… The (biological) neuron is a lot more complicated than you think.
Jul
18
comment Why do scientists say brains are faster than computers?
The brain is not a computer, and neurons are not similar to transistors.
Jul
17
comment Do we really have free will?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about philosophy rather than the cognitive sciences.
Jul
16
comment Psychology of brand names
This is particularly prevalent in the pharmaceutical industry, I'll see if I can dig up the reference.
Jul
12
comment What form might Jungian archetypes take in the brain?
Thanks for lending your expertise to the question. My original intention was merely to tie his work into neuroanatomical substrates, but you are correct that my interpretation of them was at least a bit incorrect. I don't remember where I read the information that led me to the second statement, as this was asked a long time ago already.
Jul
12
comment How to read a neuron tuning curve graph?
@blz I have turned the comments into an answer. It may not be exactly what the OP is looking for, since he wants to compose his own answer. I wouldn't worry to much about the percent of unanswered questions, to be honest. It's much better to have a steady population of users contributing good content than to have all of the questions answered. This is science after all, we don't have all the answers!
Jul
10
comment OCD Motivation and Dopamine Motivation, is there a connection?
@jona I feel the same way, but I think that there's enough of a basis for further study if the OP wants to pursue it at a research level. I think it certainly addresses the question well. I would love it (could be a bounty in it for ya!) if you would elaborate on the current work in the field.
Jun
20
comment What do brains do when processing information, that Von Neumann machines cannot (yet?) imitate?
@blz I took the liberty of tossing in the references but feel free to reformat as you see fit.
Jun
18
comment Is quantum tunneling required for nerve signals to cross the dendritic synaptic barrier?
Ummmmmmm, what? Beware of someone saying all classical models of the brain are false because they are usually a kook.
Jun
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comment Is EEG brain-computer interface reliable?
This was great, I think I would have hit all the same points!