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I'm a data scientist at Highmark, Inc, working as the manager of predictive analystics and data management within Operations. I earned my PhD doing computational neuroscience, working with decision making processes and investigating functional connectivity between different parts of the human brain. I've also worked as a financial quant, freelance web developer, and IT consultant. One of my favorite pastimes is poi spinning.

You can learn more about me on my LinkedIn page. Feel free to contact me about anything and everything at eykanal at erikdev dot com.


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comment Problem understanding the calculation of normative (Bayesian) base rates
This would probably receive more attention on Stats.SE.
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comment Is human Central Nervous System arousal related to choice of activity?
You're using terms that require specific definition in a very broad manner. What do you mean by "CNS arousal"? How do you define "what people do"? "Do" in what context?
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answered Why might a stutterer not stutter when talking to themselves, whispering, or singing?
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answered Compared efficiency of different spaced-repetition memorisation techniques
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comment Does pain reduce cognitive abilities?
Note that "cognitive abilities" is extremely vague; there's short-term memory, long-term planning, speech functions, visual recognition, language comprehension, basic autonomous functionality... while I think people understand what you're getting it, you may get a more useful answer with a more specific question.
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comment Does pain reduce cognitive abilities?
@Josh - Forgetting for a moment that pain comes in gradations (mild bump to, say, missing an arm), that's completely in agreement with what I wrote. It's a fight for cognitive resources. If the OP is suggesting there is a decrease in "cognitive abilities" (which, again, should probably be defined) that is *pain-specific*—i.e. the only reason there's a decrease is because of activated sensory neurons related to pain—I'm not familiar with any such research.
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comment Free software to run questionnaire based experiments
@Henrik - Makes sense, and I agree, if you don't want to program this may not be for you. That being said, free setups that don't require programming aren't that common. More often than not, with the proprietary solutions, you're paying for the interface.
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answered Free software to run questionnaire based experiments