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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 How do ligands bind to and release from receptors?
This is the text used in the course. It's gone up a lot in price, but it's very helpful.
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comment How do ligands bind to and release from receptors?
Look for the Coursera course "Drugs and the Brain" and see when it's offered next. It touches on a lot of these issues and more, and I think you would find it fascinating. Meanwhile, I'll see if I can answer some of this a bit later.
Jul
25
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.
Jul
24
comment Do social networks cause psychological problems?
What do you mean by "exceeding their limits"?
Jul
22
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.
Jul
22
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.
Jul
22
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
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 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
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
4
comment Is EEG brain-computer interface reliable?
This was great, I think I would have hit all the same points!
May
31
comment Obey any command given suddenly, as in the Jumping Frenchmen of Maine
A handful of us voted to close this when it was first written. Unfortunately, the way the system works, those votes age away after a while and can't be recast by the same people. I have flagged it and attempted to bring it to the attention of the moderators. I respect your opinion, and I'm glad to have you around, I'm just inviting you to flesh things out a bit when you answer in the negative.
May
31
comment Obey any command given suddenly, as in the Jumping Frenchmen of Maine
I respect your expertise, but "because I have never observed it" isn't a good answer. Such an answer doesn't help anyone who stumbles across this in the future. If you think it's an unanswerable question, flag it to be closed (as I would certainly agree with the second premise in your comment that the question itself is a bit flimsy).