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Feb
25
comment Is there a better way to describe brain activity than EEG “brain waves”
@mac389 You said you will add to this sketch. I'd like to hear more of what you have to say.
Aug
10
comment Are there any studies that examine the phenomenon of songs stuck in the head?
see earworm
Jul
28
comment How should multiple Mechanical Turk research subjects from the same IP address be handled?
See stackoverflow.com/questions/2835915/…
Jul
16
comment Neural basis of primitive (newborn) reflexes
I believe I've found a single answer for all the primitive reflexes, so I revised the question to reflect that a single answer is expected. I'd like to reopen the question and answer it.
Feb
7
comment What causes dreamers to accept dreams as reality?
[I'm perhaps in the minority here.] I had thought the title meant "What causes people to accept recalled dreams as reality?" until the description of the question cleared that up for me. Nothing in the title presently indicates or implies that the acceptance occurs during the dream. Maybe rephrase the question "What causes dreaming people to accept their dream as reality?" or "What prevents dreaming people from wondering if they're dreaming?"
Jul
23
comment What is the term for human beings' tendency to obey without thinking?
Obedience is a form of the word "obey" in the title. It doesn't take into account the "without thinking" aspect. I don't know if any English word does.
Jul
18
comment Neural basis of primitive (newborn) reflexes
AFAIK, the involvement of the frontal areas is that they inhibit primitive reflexes.
Jul
14
comment What's the name of this visual search task?
Another question's answer is relevant.
Jun
21
comment When counting a given letter in sentences, why do people tend to omit occurrences in certain common words?
If my hypothesis is correct, then one of the edits changed the meaning of the original question for the worse: If the reader uses the "F" phoneme to scan the sentence for the letter "F", then "OF" will be missed because it has no "F" phoneme. I suggest removing "certain common words" from the edited question and don't add assumptions to questions.
Jun
14
comment Why do participants prefer to give input values that are “round numbers”?
@JeromyAnglim Are you sure this "Answer" answers your question? It's certainly helpful, but it doesn't explain participants' preferences. (Sorry if I'm missing something obvious.)
Jun
7
comment Theoretical limit to the use of mental faculty of the brain
That the brain is a muscle is only a metaphor: Use it or else it degrades.
May
30
comment What was his name again…ahh got it!
Another cogsci.SE answer goes into some detail on this phenomenon.
May
30
comment What was his name again…ahh got it!
This Question is similar to cogsci.stackexchange.com/q/1/421 .
May
25
comment What is the term for judging based on a simulation of the same parameters on oneself
@H.Muster You're right: Egocentrism. You should provide it as the answer.
May
21
comment Perceptual flicker when rotating my face
I took your suggestion. I recorded myself and reviewed the video: my eyes were stable -- no saccades and no vestibulo-ocular reflex. I wouldn't have expected the vestibulo-ocular reflex because eye muscles can't rotate the eyes about their pupils, right? I wonder if the phenomenon I experience is saccadic masking without any eye movement.
May
14
comment What structures in the brain are called upon to strengthen coupling between bilateral movements?
Are hemispheres relevant? Crossed-extensor reflexes I can believe, but I don't know of any evidence of interhemispheric locking or evidence that contralateral coordination is harder than ipsilateral. Try tapping your foot and rubbing your belly at the same time -- be sure to compare your ipsilateral and contralateral coordination. (For me, there's no difference.)
Apr
9
comment Method for evaluating how emotionally evocative a question is?
Which emotions do you want to measure? And how do you define those emotions? As you know, some people hide their emotions (both overtly and when being measured by an instrument such as a polygraph). What do you intend to do about those folks? Would an average measurement across a variety of people suffice? Which equipment and methods you use will depend on the answers to these questions.
Apr
9
comment Are there known cases where people can write upside down?
How were you taught to write? Were you home-schooled? Did you model the behavior of an older sibling you were always facing (180°)? Were you a stubborn student who insisted on writing upside-down so you could see what you were writing? (If so, good for you!) Or have you forgotten this part of your childhood and you're hoping we can reconstruct it for you?
Mar
28
comment Can neural spiking in an organism temporarily cease?
@ArtemKaznatcheev Thanks for the suggestions, which I've incorporated into the question.
Mar
28
comment How does neural spiking begin in the fetus?
@ArtemKaznatcheev I didn't realize when I wrote the point that I didn't know its validity. I will revise the question.