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Jul
30
comment Are people who are very “aware” of the world that way because their brains are more advanced or les advanced?
@YvonneLiew from my understanding, such people may have mutations of neurotransmitter receptors that alter their conscious experience. For example, people with such mutations respond differently to psychoactive substances en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5-HT_receptor
Jul
30
comment Why does appreciation make us happy?
I originally read your question as "the experience of appreciating things", but it sounds more like you are talking about accumulating "social capital" - likes, followers, reputation, etc.
Jul
30
comment What is happening when i focus my attention on a particular body part?
This may be related to the issue of suggestibility - a small percentage of population is extremely suggestible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Jul
29
comment What is the relationship between the one's ego, amygdala and consciousness?
That question sounds related, although that user is asking about the process that happens after a decision has been made. I'm asking about a specific part of the brain that may be active while conscious experience is altered.
Jul
27
comment How does an animal learn what a predator is?
I agree that some birds (and squirrels) broadcast that there's a predator nearby. Some are much more vocal than others, and actually track the cat's movement, keeping an eye on the cat. This still does not answer how the initial recognition of a cat as a predator happens.
Jul
20
comment If you sleep during the day, do you need less sleep at night?
To add to this answer - sleeping more than 30 minutes, but less than 90 minutes can result in "sleep inertia" - when the person wakes up during N3 sleep stage - it takes time to shake off this kind of sleep, and there would be urge to fall back asleep.
Jul
13
comment How is it the case that it is easy to voluntarily trick our sense of sound, but not any of our other senses
There's a book called "Your brain on music", which describes various interactions that take place in the brain in response to music.
Jul
10
comment How does a language deprived person think?
Maybe you can look at the experience of psychedelia , where a person is temporary intoxicated and may lose the ability to talk or comprehend language. My guess is that such person would be more likely to think in feelings, symbols or images.
Jul
10
comment Can I teach my brain to understand binary?
I'm saying it's visually very close to binary - just a series of marks and empty spaces.
Jul
7
comment Is there a biological limit for “amount” of happiness?
The receptors for Serotonin and Dopamine self-regulate their sensitivity to those neurotransmitters. This is why antidepressants that affect the availability of these neurotransmitters don't act instantly. In short, the person would adjust to any new level of happiness and it will become the new baseline.
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.