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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."


Oct
22
comment How does neurotransmitter distribution and usage vary thought the brain?
The distribution of receptors (and their subtypes) is much more important than the concentrations of the neurotransmitters, which (despite science journalism's focus of late) are very dynamic.
Oct
10
comment Do all humans have some amount of prions?
I think this might be more appropriate for Biology.SE.
Oct
5
comment What background is required to understand the book “Principles of Neural Science”?
I think the question is a little broad, so if anyone has any ideas on how to transform it into something more canonical, go for it.
Oct
4
comment Terminology for introvert's frustration after excessive social exposure
I think you're on to something here, but a reference to back it up would make this a stronger answer.
Oct
4
comment About the Turing test and a Robot's psychology
@Seanny123 No harm, no foul. You can incorporate any of the changes you want into the other question.
Oct
4
comment What's the major difference between mind and brain?
Do you have a reference to back this up? Right now it's a mixture of inaccurate philosophy and conjecture.
Oct
4
comment Playing a money experiment with rich people
You're getting at some issues of experimental design here, but what you're asking doesn't really relate to the actual cognitive part of the experiment. The only viable question is "what would be a good amount to ask," and that depends on too many factors for an experiment with such a broad scope.
Oct
1
comment Are topics experienced later in the day more likely to be present in dreams?
Thanks for answering and glad you made it to the site (I use jonsca on A51 and many other places, in case this seems random). I think you bring up some great points, but it would be great if you had some references for these as well.
Sep
20
comment Can prosopagnostic (face-blind) people draw other people recognizably?
There's no rush. :) If you run across some in your own searches, they will help strengthen the answer. I think we can agree that the content in a Yahoo Groups post is mainly anecdotal.
Sep
20
comment Can prosopagnostic (face-blind) people draw other people recognizably?
This is the start of a very good answer. It would be better if you could back these up with something from the literature.
Sep
19
comment Why does a neuron choose to connect to another?
@James There's a lot of movement of axons during early development that is driven by gradients of different growth factors that guide the growth cones of the nascent axons, so while StrangeLoop's answer is partly correct, it's ignoring the embryology a bit.
Sep
17
comment Are innate intersubjectivity and theory of mind opposing theories or are they reconcilable?
Please ignore the nonsense below, it's not usually the way we do things around here. It should be deleted shortly.
Sep
12
comment Why do people avoid taking the last “donut”?
Sounds like a job for our in-house expert on Evolutionary Game Theory.
Sep
10
comment Analysis according to Jung's Psychological Types
We try to discourage "self-help" questions on the site and this was right on the borderline as originally asked. I removed those aspects so it can be answered more generally. I'm not affiliated with them, and I don't necessarily think this is the best approach to find someone, but Psychology Today has lists of therapists that self-identify their treatment philosophies therapists.psychologytoday.com, and there is a "Jungian" category. I'm not entirely sure what that entails these days, but you could certainly message or call a few of them.
Sep
4
comment Does nearing sleep onset distort our conscious imagination?
I put that part in at the end. Putting in the part about your specific conditions makes this more difficult to generalize, I think.
Sep
4
comment Does nearing sleep onset distort our conscious imagination?
See if I captured what you are after with this current edit. I took the part out about your medical history. You can fill in any more of the gaps as necessary.
Sep
4
comment Does nearing sleep onset distort our conscious imagination?
Can you reformulate this so it's less about your experience and more about the concepts behind this? As you probably know, we discourage self-help questions. This is right on the borderline, but I think there may be some interesting research into this area out there, so it's definitely worth keeping around.
Sep
3
comment Would it be possible for a person to have social anxiety and yet be an extrovert who shows signs of extreme empathy?
We tend to steer clear of self-help issues here, so I have removed the personal aspect of the question. I think you will still get an applicable answer this way.
Sep
3
comment What tools are available for EEG analysis on the R platform?
I think this is fine here topic-wise. It's definitely also specific enough that it won't just get a laundry list answer.
Aug
28
comment Can microdialysis be made in Drosophila melanogaster?
@NickStauner I can certainly appreciate your arguments. I think in this instance there's not that degree of ambiguity between the method's use in different disciplines, but I do concede to your point (and jona's) that it might get a different set of eyes on Bio.SE.