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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."


Nov
22
comment Can artificial intelligence be creative?
Unrelated matter: Can you hold off on the edits for a bit? The practical matter is that the queue is getting clogged, but aside from that, we've discussed the use of the correlation tag before: meta.cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/600/…
Nov
20
comment How to compare brain waves?
I think you covered all the bases. Nice answer!
Nov
18
comment how is tone volume encoded?
There are going to be a lot of projections in the other direction from A1 to the MGN as well, which would be fascinating to study in that regard. I wish I had a ready answer for you, but we'll see if anyone can come up with one.
Nov
18
comment Brain-Computer Interface
Seizure detection is a well-researched topic. It's prediction that has remained elusive. If you grab a couple of abstracts off of ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=seizure+detection+EEG, more specific questions will definitely emerge. Try IEEExplore, too, if you have a subscription available to you. There's lots of basic research in signal processing going on with this sort of thing. Your work for your nephew is very noble.
Nov
18
comment Brain-Computer Interface
Reading the actual EEG waveforms (manually, if that's what you mean) isn't as paramount as learning to process the files. Since you are already a quantitative person, starting out with something like time-frequency methods would be a good approach. As it is, though, I think this question is too broad.
Nov
18
comment how is tone volume encoded?
Fantastic question. I think the answer is going to lie in the association cortices, since this is as much a tactile and proprioceptive issue as it is an auditory one. That's just a gut feeling, but there must be literature on this somewhere.
Nov
7
comment Can a person with multiple personality disorder have one of their personality based on a real person?
A related question: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/504/…
Nov
3
comment Influence of antidepressant drugs upon personality
Thanks for doing so. That's something that's at least answerable with somewhat more objective measures.
Nov
3
comment Influence of antidepressant drugs upon personality
it often seems that the drugs tend to exceed this purpose by instilling in their user a sense of happiness and silliness. These are both very subjective terms, and I think you'd have a hard time defining them clinically. Even if you take them on that limited merit, how is "happiness" exceeding the drugs purpose?
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.