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An iPhone developer and sleep researcher, engineer by education.

Bringing the Singularity closer, one app at a time


Jan
16
comment What part of the brain locks up when a man is in the presence of an extremely attractive female?
Very good question. Although the answer most likely is lack of practice approaching beautiful women
Jan
16
asked What causes short-term dysphoria following intense pleasure?
Jan
15
asked How can the aversion response be explained neurologically?
Jan
14
accepted Do feelings have a purpose?
Jan
14
comment Is there any science behind movie/commercial camera angle changes?
The only way I can try to clarify this is by looking at internet porn addiction. In such case, a brain dopamine and dopamine D2 receptor is involved. Apparently, a porn user is seeking the same level of intensity, but with novelty, hence trying many different clips, not the same one. Maybe this is part of the reason why camera angles change - to infuse more "novelty" into a movie/commercial
Jan
6
comment Do widespread brain toxins explain violence rates?
I've heard the exact same phenomenon( difference I violence rates) being explained by a completely different thing. What it was escapes me now, but I don't think there is a single simplistic explanation, like lead.
Jan
6
comment How are qualia localized in consciousness?
Thank you for posting the article, very good reading
Jan
6
asked Is there any science behind movie/commercial camera angle changes?
Jan
6
comment Do feelings have a purpose?
I see now why analogies are dangerous. There are multiple serotonin receptors in the brain, so the single indicator analogy wouldn't work that well
Jan
2
comment Do feelings have a purpose?
For serotonin in particular, this paper: metabolism.math.duke.edu/docs/SSRIsJ7.pdf lists the average extra cellular and vesicular serotonin levels in normal and depressed patients. Depressed ones have ~75% less serotonin than normals. As such the "low oil" analogy still seems applicable to the serotonin case.
Dec
30
comment Do feelings have a purpose?
The way I was thinking about the two questions you pointed out is: a car has an engine oil indicator that lights up if the engine oil is affected (low?). If neurotransmitters are the equivalent of oil in a human brain, then maybe changes in their levels activate feelings to signal the change. I have no way to prove this, and was hoping someone would comment on whether or not there's any truth to the analogy.
Dec
30
accepted Why people choose “boring” colors for new cars?
Dec
29
asked Do feelings have a purpose?
Dec
27
comment How does one study the effect of a dietary supplement on cognition?
I found this article that outlines studies dealing with vinpocentine, it has more detail than Wikipedia: priory.com/focus15.htm
Dec
27
comment How does one study the effect of a dietary supplement on cognition?
Amazing answer! I especially appreciate you putting the 4 points to test and specific keywords, like allosteric modulator.
Dec
27
accepted How does one study the effect of a dietary supplement on cognition?
Dec
24
comment Does anxiety produce adrenaline or does adrenaline make the person anxious?
Check out this article on anxiety: newsmaxhealth.com/dr_blaylock/Anxiety_Brain_Function/2011/04/21/… The article mentions stress and inflammation , but there is not a word about adrenaline. Maybe you were thinking of being startled or fight/flight?
Dec
22
revised What is the scientific term for unexpected, spontaneous dream recall?
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Dec
22
asked What is the scientific term for unexpected, spontaneous dream recall?
Dec
22
comment Can we stop the brain from processing a particular task?
I like the idea of observing one's cognitive processes.