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Aug
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comment What is a source of case studies of personality disorders?
This seems like a totally legit question to me. An analogous question from stackoverflow stackoverflow.com/questions/2301555 - Where can I learn algorithms and data structures from? I learned a lot from other people's answers there.
Aug
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revised Problem understanding the calculation of normative (Bayesian) base rates
minor updates: use 'average' and not mean, slightly improve readability, and fix typos.
Aug
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answered Problem understanding the calculation of normative (Bayesian) base rates
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revised Is there a canonical reference for behavioral, attentional, and memory tests?
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asked What is the test-retest improvement in Block Design test?
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comment Is there a canonical reference for behavioral, attentional, and memory tests?
And, I think cogsci community has a good chance of creating such a resource...
Jun
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answered Is there a canonical reference for behavioral, attentional, and memory tests?
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comment Fitting a psychometric function when data does not lend itself to a sigmoidal fit
Is this a Yes/No task, or a 2AFC design?
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answered What is the term for human beings' tendency to obey without thinking?
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revised Is there a random walk theory that can account for situations with more than two choices?
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comment Is pedophilia a sexual orientation or a mental disorder?
What does it mean that "The only symptom of being heterosexual is a sexual attraction to members of the opposite sex" ? We can surely find measures in which heterosexual men are different, as a group, from homosexual men, besides their sexual preference - average number of sexual partners in a year, amount of body hair, number of annual visits to a theater, etc. Do any of these qualify as a symptom of being heterosexual/homosexual? (my examples are based on the common stereotypes, not actual research, but the point is, such group differences exist, even if the ones I mention are incorrect).
Mar
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comment Is pedophilia a sexual orientation or a mental disorder?
Everything is "physical, psychological or neurological" - The fact that most of us like the smell of flowers but not the smell of vomit, and the fact that most people are not sexually attracted to children, but some people are. So yes - "a mental disorder is simply a matter of terminology for atypical behaviour", but it is backed up by physical, psychological or neurological traits/facts/symptoms, just like everything else.
Mar
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comment Is pedophilia a sexual orientation or a mental disorder?
This is an interesting question, but it has nothing to do with cognitive science. The classification of something as a mental disorder is a sociological, philosophical, legal, normative question, but not a cognitive one. For example, if someone likes the smell of vomit, is that a mental disorder? If he likes it so much that he smears all his clothes in vomit?
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answered Why do dual N-back games use certain letters?