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Feb
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comment Why do dreams lose clarity quickly over time after we awaken?
@draks... 3mg is a standard dose sold in the US.
Jan
19
comment Do we have an “internal timer” when taking naps?
I'm not sure if you are asking about napping on the bus during a ride or while waiting for the bus. I doubt you would get up after 50 minutes - this is when the body shifts into deeper sleep stages and causes sleep inertia, which is not really conductive to being aware of your bus stop.
Jan
13
comment What is the scientific term for unexpected, spontaneous dream recall?
Since last time I saw this question, I've discovered that my brain/mind occasionally recalls a childhood rhyme or saying in my native language related to what I'm perceiving in the real world. For example, seeing a muscular avatar in a videogame, I can recall a childhood rhyme about a muscular man. It took me some time to notice this, as these rhymes have been forgotten for over 20 years, and I don't try to recall them, they just arise. Similar things happen with real life memories, although I have not found a definitive cue that triggers them
Jan
13
comment Why people choose “boring” colors for new cars?
I've read that Braun industrial and consumer designs had a big impact on ordinary things like coffee makers being boring colors with a colorful "Start" button: redyawning.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/…
Jan
13
comment Why people choose “boring” colors for new cars?
@nocomprende Good points about the heat. I'm sure you can pull off bright pink as a part of an english flag theme or like: mini2.com/images/competition/flag.jpg
Jan
10
comment What is the mechanism behind “gut feelings”?
Reading the book "a stroke of insight", it appears that at least some gut feelings are based on perceptions processed in the right half of the brain
Dec
21
comment Why am I more “musically” creative in the last 30 seconds before falling asleep?
I'm not a musician at all, but also had experiences where I could create melodies in my near sleep stages. Search for terms "hypnagogic" and "hypnopompic" sleep states
Dec
21
comment Is gender biologically or socially determined?
I've read about Testosterone effect on females- females fetuses who were exposed to testosterone during pregnancy grow up to exhibit male like behaviors, such as mounting or dominating other females. One can say that these females are suffering from gender identity issues
Dec
14
comment Are there mental states that make the mind more susceptible to other negative mental states?
Great answer! It makes sense that a negative state would skew future perception (put on the opposite of rose colored glasses), making the person less trusting, more easily triggered into jealousy, envy, greed and other vices. Depression, being a persistent negative state would effectively apply this outlook to all incoming information.
Dec
14
comment How does a woman reject an unsuitable man?
Some symptoms match defensive reactions of borderline personality disorder (fear of abandonment) or narcissistic personality disorder (cannot take criticism/perceived criticism).
Dec
14
comment Can depression be faked?
There are a number of conditions that have depressive symptoms as a part of mood disregulatuon, including borderline/narcissistic personality disorder. I think asking how long the patient felt depressed would help eliminate some of these conditions with mood swings.
Dec
11
comment Are there mental states that make the mind more susceptible to other negative mental states?
Not sure what you mean by dopamine - specific sensitivity to it? Receptor mutations?
Oct
28
comment Can a brain be modeled as a simplified interaction of different states and their triggers?
I've added an image to help illustrate the question better. Using higher level programming languages one can create "state machines" to perform specific functions. I'm interested if the brain can be studied as a product of states interacting in a state machine fashion.
Oct
9
comment Can a brain be modeled as a simplified interaction of different states and their triggers?
I looked up those concepts, they psychological and very broad and static (for example personality types). The states that I hope to get more info about are more biological in nature and more discrete. They have an affect cognition and psychology, but they are transient
Sep
30
comment What would happen if we cut the corpus callosum?
May be related: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_consciousness_%28neuroscience%29
Sep
30
comment very weird Split Brain Dual Consciousness experiments references on Wikipedia
Sounds related to my question here: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/10504/…
Sep
23
comment Are there studies about religious belief similar to the ones about superstition among animals?
There are countless thousands of superstitions that arise out of people trying to project/protect illusion of control over the chaotic world. Higher religions typically arise out of mystical experiences, for example: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_helmet I'm sure such experiences are neither available to animals nor can be fully interpreted by them
Sep
17
comment Is it possible to develop immunity to mental health drugs?
There are some systems in the brain for which repeated exposure actually increases sensitivity to stimulus. Oxytocin receptors are one of them.
Sep
17
comment Do humans only dream of things they have actually witnessed/seen?
Some sensations in dreams feel completely natural, yet have nothing to base them on in the waking world - experiencing energy, Star Wars- like force, walking through objects, levitation, telekinesis, etc.
Sep
16
comment How are real life events translated into dream symbolism?
Thanks, please see my question about this theory here: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/3523/… I should have added that the classroom that I see is a very specific one - from a middle school on a different continent and bears no resemblance to any classrooms I attended since then.