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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
13
comment Is there any real help for a severe needle phobia?
There's not an SE site on which this question would be appropriate, unfortunately.
Apr
13
comment Is there any real help for a severe needle phobia?
(since it sounds like you haven't had much luck with the doctors and nurses - there are therapists that specialize in phobias)
Apr
13
comment Is there any real help for a severe needle phobia?
"Self-help" (or help for others, in this case) questions are off-topic here. I'm sorry you've had such a frustrating time of trying to get him help elsewhere. Try calling a licensed therapist or counselor in your area.
Apr
12
comment Using SPM Anatomy Toolbox
@NickStauner I think technique questions are okay, but answering this would require someone to start from square one.
Apr
11
comment Using SPM Anatomy Toolbox
This is way too broad of a question. Start with a simple example and work your way through a tutorial first.
Apr
4
comment Inducing long term low latent inhibition
I'm a bit uncomfortable with the last paragraph, but I'm not able to come up with a rewording for it. Even with the warning pages, it's a bit prescriptive.
Mar
24
comment Is photographic memory possible?
Can you explain a bit of what's in the video rather than just linking to it, please?
Mar
24
comment Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) a science or pseudoscience?
That's okay. Mousing over the tag will give you the excerpt. Clicking on it (and then clicking "learn more...") will take you to the actual wiki.
Mar
24
comment Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) a science or pseudoscience?
Please read the tag wiki, the tag nlp is not for neurolinguistic programming.
Mar
10
comment Has a Split Brain patient's right brain been asked if he has qualia?
Can you clarify your question a bit, the wording is a bit confusing.
Feb
27
comment Why does optogenetics not mean that perfect brain-computer interfaces are possible?
To guarantee that you hit upon a transfected neuron and have no light leakage to the surrounding (transfected) cells would be quite a feat, and I don't think that the field is ready for that level of specificity quite yet. It's a great question, btw, just saying that some of it is probably more hyped up than anything that's actually possible right now.
Feb
27
comment Why does optogenetics not mean that perfect brain-computer interfaces are possible?
I am by no means an expert in optigenetics, but I have worked with photolytic uncaging of neurotransmitters in vivo. When the Wired article says That is to say, they insert the new gene into every neuron in that area, indiscriminately. But because of the promoter, the gene will only turn on in one type of neuron. All the other neurons will ignore it., they are referring to what may be dozens to hundreds of cell bodies and thousands of fibers of passage (white matter tracts) in that cubic millimeter.
Feb
27
comment Is cognitive science hypothesis-based or bound to strict experiments involving statistics?
@Sam I think you clarified it much better with the comment above, so I incorporated that into your question.
Feb
26
comment Is perfectionism related to OCD?
Thank you, I have removed my vote.
Feb
26
comment How do thoughts work at the neuron level?
I think this is an intriguing question, but I don't think any researchers are going to be able to answer it for a long time. That being said, we do understand on some level how particular nuclei in the brain stem (e.g., the locus ceruleus) are able to modulate the receptive fields of certain sensory neurons. To characterize what constitutes "thought" at a high level is difficult enough, but getting down to the level of even how individual networks contribute to it is going to be formidable.
Feb
26
comment Is perfectionism related to OCD?
Self-help questions are off-topic here. See if you can reframe this one in terms of the title question rather than your own experiences.
Feb
25
comment Neurosurgically grown neural link between two brains?
Nice to see you around again :)
Feb
25
comment What are the neurological differences between those who have a high tolerance to pain and those who do not?
@NickStauner Very interesting, thanks for pointing that out!
Feb
16
comment What causes a muscle to be unsteady?
@NickStauner think asking this from a muscle physiology perspective on Biology would be fine. I think we can shed some light on the motor control end of things from this side, though.
Feb
13
comment What does a cortical column do?
Vernon Mountcastle was instrumental in the discovery of the cortical column. I will elaborate a bit more later, but some of his older papers are probably freely available online.