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An iPhone developer and sleep researcher, engineer by education.

Bringing the Singularity closer, one app at a time


Dec
22
comment Can we stop the brain from processing a particular task?
@Gasan Exactly! This is why I quit playing that game the very next day. I was concerned that I may lose more sleep in the future.
Dec
22
comment Is there a “foreplay” equivalent, priming activity for thinking or conversation?
Cognitive state alignment is a really good term for what's being discussed! I'm more interested in the second scenario - what activities can help one person change the cognitive state of another(or one's own).
Dec
21
comment Overcoming the effect of Limerence?
Checked depersonalization, it sounds a lot like the typical experience of a dreamer within a dream.
Dec
21
comment Is there a “foreplay” equivalent, priming activity for thinking or conversation?
I guess this question is about this analog nature of flowing in and out of different states of mind. Not discrete ones, but different. In the foreplay, it's fairly easy to measure arousal, especially if male :) . Baseline is replaced by arousal. I don't really know what is the baseline change for thinking or conversation. What is this disinhibition?
Dec
21
comment Can we stop the brain from processing a particular task?
A while back I played a game called diplomacy, which is very complex strategically. When I went to sleep that night, thinking about the upcoming turn, my brain was going through all possible combinations of turns and outcomes. One by one. For about 3 hours as I could not fall asleep because of this. While I did find the correct solution, it was quite unpleasant , non normal sleep. Maybe this is the kind of unpleasantness that the author refers to
Dec
20
comment Is there a “foreplay” equivalent, priming activity for thinking or conversation?
This begs the question of what is the cognitive equivalent of ice that is being broken. What is this inhibition that prevents easy social interaction in a group
Dec
20
comment How does one study the effect of a dietary supplement on cognition?
Good point about making money without scientific backing. I"m looking at this search result for (Vinpocetine metabolic rate -calories) smart-drugs.net/info-vinpocetine.htm The claims make it seem like a super drug, but it doesn't say how long it works, how quick the onset is, if it has to be taken extended period of time and what the benefit %increase is. It would be great to see a study that deals with the points above.
Dec
19
asked How does one study the effect of a dietary supplement on cognition?
Dec
19
asked Is there a “foreplay” equivalent, priming activity for thinking or conversation?
Dec
19
comment Does the transcription method used (e.g., printing, handwriting, typing, voice recording, etc.) affect memory retention?
During one of corporate trainings I was given, the presenter mentioned that if you only hear something, you retain about 17% of information. If you hear and say it, you retain even more. If you hear, say and do, you retain the most. I think seeing and typing falls under one of these, but I doubt it's the most effective method of retention
Dec
14
comment Is there evidence for a unique isolated internal representation of loved ones?
My particular area of interest is dreaming. In dreams, it is possible to observe "dream characters" who act, listen and talk, while looking like a person from a real life. This is not really a memory, because such dream characters does not replay any historical event (memory), but rather act spontaneously/naturally. This is the main difference that I see between a memory(what the person has done) and a representation (how a person would behave).
Dec
12
answered How does the brain know what to crave?
Dec
12
comment Is there evidence for a unique isolated internal representation of loved ones?
I've seen this idea a very long time ago, possibly in the book "7 habits of highly effective people", but I don't have the book to verify
Dec
12
revised Is there evidence for a unique isolated internal representation of loved ones?
Clarified the question to deal with unique representations only.
Dec
12
comment Is there evidence for a unique isolated internal representation of loved ones?
It's good to know that there are internal representations. The block of cheese may not be a good example, because it rarely talks to you, and as such it is hard to interact with it! I've updated the question to indicate that I'm looking for proof of unique representations
Dec
12
comment Are there any cutting edge techniques that enable to acquire foreign language at relatively fast pace?
Regarding AI Programmer and language learning, this lecture helped me: videolectures.net/nips2010_tenenbaum_hgm . It discusses how the brain might create models of how words relate to each other through trees and priors.
Dec
11
revised Is there evidence for a unique isolated internal representation of loved ones?
added 132 characters in body; edited tags
Dec
11
asked Is there evidence for a unique isolated internal representation of loved ones?
Dec
11
comment Possibility of perfect virtual reality
Yet some lucid dreams are more real than reality. This difference in quality opens a whole range of questions about why people's cognition is not the same all the time
Dec
10
answered Possibility of perfect virtual reality