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Jun
30
comment Is continuous split or meta - awareness a scientifically supported concept?
@ChristianHummeluhr Do you have a link that explains what the replication crisis is? I'm aware of the incubation, although that seems to me like it's a process that takes place outside of conscious awareness.
Jun
29
comment Is continuous split or meta - awareness a scientifically supported concept?
While I cant remember names off the top of my head, I'm aware of studies of meditating subjects that showed changes in brainwave patterns. fMRI studies are also pretty good at detecting different brain activity. I'm aware of fMRI studies of subjects "in love" versus controls that showed activations of different brain regions. Are there studies of "continuously aware" people?
Jun
17
comment What are the common nutritional deficiencies in western countries related to reduced mental performance?
I found that a buildup of homocysteine in the brain can lead to negative cognitive effects. It is metabolized using vitamins B6 and B12.
May
22
comment Does a short nap improve learning efficiency?
Naps longer than 30 minutes can let the person sleep into deep sleep stages, causing "sleep inertia" upon awakening. This state is not conductive to learning
May
22
comment How to recognize people with high need for cognition?
An introvert with high need for cognition reminds me of an Myers-Briggs INTP or INTJ personality type. Those types share the NT (rational) archetype that can be recognized quite easily by looking at a choice of vacation (ex: engineers, scientists, computer guys are much more likely to be NT type than teachers and nurses). Men are twice as likely to be the thinking type than women.
May
22
comment Can emotional IQ be learned?
I'm looking at this article on EI, and it mentions that it is more of a skill and knowledge than intelligence, and as such it should be possible to learn it and get better at it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
May
6
comment What is the scientific term for unexpected, spontaneous dream recall?
Over the past couple years I've noticed that this kind of phenomenon happens with random real life events too, like recalling a street or place in a childhood town. Unlike events listed in the involuntary memory article (eating cake triggering childhood memories of eating cake), there's absolutely nothing I can think of that can be considered a trigger for this kind of memory recall phenomenon
May
4
comment What makes disengaged participants tired / exhausted after corporate meetings?
I've updated a question with your suggestion, however, my question specifically relates to having other people present.
Apr
17
comment What drives users to play Reddit's “The Button” game?
I'm interested in how people pick the time to press the button. Somehow this button game seems to me to be similar to the "prisoner's dilemma" game played on the global scale.
Mar
18
comment Why do people avoid taking the last “donut”?
I agree with the culture thing - I heard the very same thing in the context of Chinese culture, where it's apparently rude to take the last of anything. The "guests are still hungry" statement makes this tradition a lot clearer - if they werent hungry, there would be more than 1 left.
Mar
18
comment What makes disengaged participants tired / exhausted after corporate meetings?
I've clarified the question to specifically exclude speakers or meeting host. Those people may not feel the effects as acutely as people who are not engaged for an hour.
Jan
28
comment Do lonely people get addicted more easily than social counterparts?
@ChrisStronks I agree with the peer context strongly linked to relapse to addictive behaviors. This is why a lot of addictive games strongly push the "Social" element to them. I would say that ALL examples of incredibly addictive video games are social in nature. For example farmville or online MMORPGs. It's possible to quit these games, but when multiple friends are playing them, they will continuously pull each other back into the game.
Jan
28
comment Memory - Remembering a Source
As a programmer, I would suggest that knowing the source is not that important. As long as you can formulate a search query for google or stack exchange sites, you are good. You are bound to find alternatives to the same information you found before. This means remembering keywords from articles is far more important than the author.
Jan
27
comment How does the brain learn what something is for the first time?
I agree, my recent personal experiences with dream content has convinced me that there is a "prototype experience" which is the first real exposure to a concept. For example, my first experience of "frustrating, futile, pushing mental effort" was experienced in middle school history class. Experiencing similar events in the waking world years later seem to trigger a dream of middle school history class. I believe same can be true of other people's dreams of "being late/unprepared for an exam".
Jan
7
comment Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?
He published a bunch of books, sold like 5 million copies and became super rich :)
Dec
15
comment How, other than pharmacotherapy, can those diagnosed with thought disorders be treated?
@jiniyt these states are very subjective, and I know that the state of romantic love has been studied quite in depth, and there are clear patterns of neural activations, similar to those of addiction (to a person). This might be a good place to start research.
Dec
5
comment Have there been any scientific experiments attempting to communicate with one's unconscious mind?
A good analogy to my question would be: "Has anyone tried to establish contact with aliens?", a broad question - Wtf are aliens, when, where, who, how? But the question still has it has an answer: "Yes, there's a SETI program that attempts to do so". Within SETI program there's a number of experiments being carried out. I'm trying to understand if there's a similar answer to my rather broad question. Even if you find it ridiculous, chances are someone might actually be studying it.
Dec
5
comment What is the effect of displayed online personal identifiers on online communication?
People exploit this in the field of competitive video gaming, where an offensive (A**LDominator), humorous (ShootinPutin2012) or girly (FluffyKitty) names are used to deceive or frustrate an opponent. Being repeatedly defeated by these names would feel more frustrating than by something like (mike1274)
Dec
5
comment What is the difference between feeling sad and feeling unhappy?
I tend to agree that the difference is primarily in the kinds of thoughts and attitudes evoked by these states. Being unhappy colors ordinary experiences in negative light (ex: "what a crappy food is available in the cafeteria", "this product is defective", "customer service is awful").
Dec
5
comment Have there been any scientific experiments attempting to communicate with one's unconscious mind?
I list experimental setups that I would have personally explored in case there have been experiments like this and someone can reference them. I'm not saying that there is communication or that it takes a certain form. Berit has provided a number of interesting examples, in particular facial expressions.