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


Jul
25
answered Does each sensory neuron type have a characteristic spike sequence pattern?
Jul
22
comment Is there a region of cortex which over a period of development becomes the seat of self?
@bfrs Vegetative states usually occur with massive damage that disrupts the brain to the point where it can't function. What I mean is, damage that disrupts only the self aspect of brain function. For instance, damage to A1 might disrupt only perception of sound. Disruption of IT might only disrupt perception of objects. Other functions remain in-tact. A vegetative state is essentially a loss of all functions. Unless you claim that all functions rely on the self function. But a look at phylogeny shows that to be extremely unlikely.
Jul
21
comment Is there a region of cortex which over a period of development becomes the seat of self?
@bfrs Look through reports on TBI, and show me one instance of a person losing nothing but their "self". If the self comes together at some physical point, would it not make sense to find cases where a person loses no function except their "self"? Instead what you see are specific deficits in one aspect of perception, action, integration, or memory. The "self", or consciousness, or whatever, is a dynamic illusion resulting from the fact that we view people as single entities. Cell biology says otherwise, you can lose and gain cells and still be "you". No one part of your body defines "you".
Jun
27
answered How do the brains of savants such as Orlando Serrell and Temple Grandin compare to a standard brain?
Jun
25
comment How can the success of Bayesian models be reconciled with demonstrations of heuristic and biased reasoning?
Good response. I'd like to add that the brain feeds it's own activity back onto itself. So if you use a Bayesian model of learning, it's not simply collecting external information; the prior state of the system is being constantly factored into the new state along with external information.
Jun
14
answered Where is the visual “image” that we “see” finally assembled?
Apr
17
awarded  Scholar
Apr
17
accepted Is there evidence that STDP is responsible for the ability to infer causation?
Mar
31
comment Where do our memories get stored and how are they retrieved again?
I think what he is talking about is the actual physical structure of the neurons encoding information. I have an answer involving axon growth, dendritic spine growth, etc... I voted to re-open the question, but some edits (including a link to the paper, fleshing the question out) would be appreciated.
Mar
17
awarded  Commentator
Mar
17
comment What is the difference between IQ and Executive Function?
I think the concepts you're trying to understand here are too large, and incomparable. I'm voting to close this, but I think asking questions to learn more about the "pieces" (IQ, executive function, Dopamine receptors, emotional control) could be a good idea. Each one itself is a vast, vast topic. I don't think this is the wrong stack exchange, but I do think the question needs to be whittled down if it is to produce an insightful answer!
Mar
3
comment Behaviorist interpretations of decision field theory
I'm curious why you want a behaviorist explanation. It seems like a slight step backwards?
Mar
2
answered Does super-intelligence necessary lead to consciousness, self awareness, freewill or emotion
Mar
2
answered What is a more modern interpretation of the terms egosyntonic/egodystonic?
Mar
1
answered Why is it common for people to default to a single causal source to explain new phenomena?
Feb
29
comment Are there sex differences in inter-rater consistency of attractiveness ratings of opposite-sex faces?
This may not answer your exact question, but I think it is relevant: blog.okcupid.com/index.php/your-looks-and-online-dating blog.okcupid.com/index.php/the-mathematics-of-beauty
Feb
29
comment Why aren't sleep measures consistently measured as mediators/moderators of cognitive performance?
Isn't every variable "random noise" until it is controlled for?
Feb
22
answered How does the brain act on the information gained via eye saccades?
Feb
22
comment When is higher confidence predictive of less accuracy?
Perhaps in questions where there is no correct answer. All answers are insufficient, so the more confident you are the more wrong you are.
Feb
18
awarded  Student