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May
26
comment Why is it that only humans commit suicide?
I'll add a link to another Preti paper, wherein he says exactly that: "Suicide is a rare occurrence in humans, no surprise then if evidence of suicidal animals in both wild and domestic situations is hard to find: lack of evidence cannot be taken as evidence of lack of suicidal behavior in animals."
May
26
comment Why is it that only humans commit suicide?
The very next sentence of that publication is "Nevertheless, sparse evidence supports some resemblance between the self-endangering behavior observed in the animal kingdom, particularly in animals held in captivity or put under pressure by environmental challenges, and suicidal behavior among humans." An absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, especially in scientific publications, which by necessity only expose the most bare, reproducible facts or possibilities. To say that something hasn't been observed is not to say it doesn't exist.
Apr
17
comment Does high IQ correlate with good social skills?
Hmm... semantics aside, I think we're at the same conclusion: don't trust other people's 'facts', demand their sources, and do your own due diligence to ensure truth/proper understanding.
Apr
17
comment Does high IQ correlate with good social skills?
@Warwick - nope, it isn't wise to trust people who say they have a degree: the Internet is "The Great Equalizer". And you'd better add that reference! :P
Apr
17
comment Does high IQ correlate with good social skills?
I'll also add, for the rest of the group, an addendum to your answer: social skills largely revolve around empathy, practice, and innate or explicit understanding of social cues. Some of these aspects require a certain level of cognitive functioning to understand; some other aspects are best developed in a social group of approximately similar intelligence level. Lastly, for some people, across all intelligence levels, social skills are unimportant or of secondary concern - that is, some people don't care (or don't know enough to care) to develop social skills they feel they may not need.
Apr
17
comment Does high IQ correlate with good social skills?
References can include standard textbooks - though I've found many people less likely to do their due diligence and find those exact references (author[s], publisher, page number, edition, etc). I've upvoted your answer because you're correct - the disconnect between IQ score and actual ability in many dimensions is usually common knowledge to those in the domain.
May
8
comment Why low audio frequencies seem to detune after an intense workout?
This might be an effect of sound-conducting fluids in the ear canal.
May
1
comment Are there any negative effects from hypnotherapy for bipolar disorder?
I feel almost required to ask: has searching for this other places given you any leads? You say you've been reading up on hypnotism, but have you checked to see if anyone has tried hypnosis for bipolar disorder already?
Apr
8
comment Inducing long term low latent inhibition
And lastly, while I'm sure many of us would enjoy sitting down and talk with you more about this, it sounds like you would be more at home either in the Chat, or on a discussion-based website community (such as Reddit, etc), rather than here - we try to stick with the specific question/answer format. So feel free to bring any questions you have to us, but the ongoing updates aren't really our style, sorry.
Apr
8
comment Inducing long term low latent inhibition
That said, please, be very careful (even if you think you are, please please please). Dopamine is playing with fire, and not just with the brain - I'm sure you've seen the problems with l-DOPA, but there's a hidden danger: be very careful of your kidney(s). They do a lot of work behind the scenes, and too much protein especially can really hit them hard (as well as pretty much any other drug, though some are more damaging/dangerous than others).
Apr
8
comment Inducing long term low latent inhibition
You mentioned that you find the level of engagement we're giving your question surprising - it's relatively uncommon for people to engage beyond the first question and clarifying comments (if even that).
Apr
5
comment Inducing long term low latent inhibition
There are a lot more (non-typical) stimulants that may have an effect as well: (ar)modafinil, xanthine-derivatives, ampakines, phenyl-derivatives, and more. The buck doesn't stop at classic CNS stimulants!
Apr
5
comment Inducing long term low latent inhibition
That said, there is more to my answer than simply describing symptoms. It's a bit more mixed in there than I'd intended, but as best as I can I tried to give out a couple ideas - I have no idea if they'll work for you, but maybe give them a try? Up to you, but I wish you luck with your search, and I wish I could help more!
Apr
5
comment Inducing long term low latent inhibition
@awalley - I'm very sorry if I came off as antagonistic - this is a slightly sore point for me, as I've known many people who've only seen the show Prison Break, and so assume that LLI is this great, awesome-all-the-time, thing. The wording of your question poked that button, and for that I'm very sorry. I absolutely understand the impulse to get inside another person's head - I feel this myself on a daily basis; people are so interesting! I hope you can forgive this random Internet stranger...
Apr
4
comment Inducing long term low latent inhibition
Related: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/772/…
Apr
1
comment How exactly are socionics and MBTI different?
One was developed in the US, one was developed in the former Soviet bloc, and both are based on Carl Jung's archetypes? (tongue in cheek aside, nice question, and I'm interested in the answer. While a wiki search might answer this, having a more coherent compare/contrast would likely be helpful)
Apr
1
comment Why do people suddenly look back if you look at them for a while?
While I agree that it's an illusion of 'supernaturality' (I see what you're saying and agree with you), I have a slightly different experience with my own self-observation: I've found that very often people do not consciously perceive another person looking at them in their periphery - rather, there is a signal, in/to the consciousness, that 'something' is happening in the periphery. Many people will look around for the person staring at them, rather than looking directly at them the first time - indicating to me that they don't have immediate knowledge, only an indication.
Mar
31
comment Why do people suddenly look back if you look at them for a while?
(a) and (b) seem to show that this isn't always an illusion...
Mar
29
comment How long could Henry Molaison keep his memory of the present?
The Wikipedia page for Short-term memory references H.M. specifically, and gives the (uncited) length of 'up to 30 seconds' (though I should say I have no idea whether your first example is short-term, or the second is. I just don't know, sorry).
Mar
28
comment How long could Henry Molaison keep his memory of the present?
Might be related to the span of short-term memory in general? Not sure...