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I'm a Neuroscience student at UC Davis. Brains are my thang.


Feb
15
awarded  Yearling
Apr
8
asked How many thalamocortical relay cells synapse onto each spiny stellate cell in neocortex?
Mar
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
15
awarded  Yearling
Sep
6
awarded  Editor
Sep
6
revised Is stimulus generalization acquired due to inability to discriminate stimuli?
edited body
Sep
3
comment Is religiousness a genetically heritable feature?
@MartaCz-C My point is: we might not be prone to the idea, the idea may be prone to us. It's just another vantage point that I don't think adds up to a full answer. I'm not telling you what you think, merely providing another view.
Sep
3
comment Is religiousness a genetically heritable feature?
Consider the opposite. If evolution adapts a creature to it's physical environment, might the idea of Christianity itself be evolving to fit the environment of the human mind? If so, finding a gene for religiousness would be nonsense because you'd only find genes for normal mental development.
Aug
22
comment Why do humans have sex in private?
To those who grow up in a nudist colony, nudity does not elicit disgust or shame. Even in ugly people.
Aug
22
comment Why do humans have sex in private?
Yet, private sex seems to transcend individual cultures. Not in an absolute way, but there is a definite trend. I like that you go to Exhibitionism as part of your explanation, I think that could be fruitful. But your answer right now is mostly just a guess.
Aug
18
comment What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?
This is a superb answer. Well done.
Aug
15
awarded  Revival
Aug
15
answered What is the effect of motherese on development?
Aug
6
comment How can STDP fit with reciprocal connectivity?
@Xurtio I see. I was equivocating a bit because I couldn't produce a direct source. It's just inference from other things I know of the nervous system. I'll try and find sources and edit the answer to be more certain.
Jul
29
awarded  Revival
Jul
27
answered What is the role of traveling waves in circuit formation during cortical development?
Jul
26
comment Does each sensory neuron type have a characteristic spike sequence pattern?
@bfrs Start thinking in terms of activity. That is what counts. The neurons can be considered conduits for this activity. Activity generated by some external happening travels into the nervous system, and that activity inherently represents what caused it. That is the foundation of the functioning of the nervous system, and it can be a little difficult to digest. Here is one more example to clarify: how does the nervous system differentiate between a touch on the toe and on the finger? Because the sensory neurons in the toe inherently represent activity there. No need to code the location.
Jul
26
comment Does each sensory neuron type have a characteristic spike sequence pattern?
@bfrs Because each ganglion cell has it's own axonal projection to the LGN. The LGN is more or less a topographical map of ganglion cells, so the information is preserved.
Jul
26
comment Does each sensory neuron type have a characteristic spike sequence pattern?
@bfrs Auditory physiology has advanced significantly since Bekesy. The paper I linked shows this, and you can find many more on the same subject. I do not believe I have misunderstood you. You're not considering that the individuality of neurons is itself a type of encoding. The upper regions know which is which because different retinal ganglion cells (simplification here) respond to different colors. When a green/red ganglion cell fires, it is informing the upper regions that there is green/red within that place on the retina. No extra information needs to be encoded in the firing rate.
Jul
25
answered How can STDP fit with reciprocal connectivity?