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At present, I think the stack exchange model provides the best infrastructure for building a high-quality question and answer site.
In general, I think that if people on the Internet who are looking for a place to ask quality scientific questions on psychology and cognitive science, become aware ...
A common scientific term to describe what you are talking about is called negative transfer. I.e., where learning one skill actually results in lower performance on another skill. This is contrasted with positive transfer, when learning one skill facilitates performance on anot...
I read that question and was worried it wasn't going to generate very good answers, I was very pleasantly surprised that you provided a term for exactly what he described!
This is slightly left-field, but I am interested in the CS implications of this. Many people are, like me, leg jigglers. That is, we often sit jiggling or bouncing a leg - usually to the irritation of those who don't around us, but that is a separate issue.
The evidence that I have seen is that ...
now you'll have a hell of a time trying to stop, lol
I'm also curious as to why someone downvoted my question about Synesthesia... if only because I'd improve it if I could. I suspect it was just someone who didn't like the question at all/thought it was too basic/too general/etc. Not overly concerned about it at all, just curious/desire to improve the question
The Humanbeing is inclined to praise and even afraid of the unknown. This inclination has led to the mythology and many gods up to now and we are still carrying this habit on our daily life.
"Oh, look at these crop circles, aliens must have created them!"
"Oh, he can bend the spoon! He must ha...
Ow, I have read a bit on that subject, "The God Delusion". Richard Dawkins added plenty of references as well as to why we would be inclined to believe such stuff. Although it all sounded a bit vague to me.
@StevenJeuris Thanks. I agree, after reading the question more it is a valid question. The parts about "Oh, he can bend the spoon! He must have psychic power!" put me off at first, plus until i edited I was kinda unclear on the question
Looks like you just approved my final remaining pending edit @Jeromy, which pushed me to 500 rep (yey!). Now @StevenJeuris you can tweak this question more if you wanted to. (I couldn't see the Diff anymore after posting a suggested edit)
A few years ago I wrote a research paper on neural networks, at the time IBM's Blue Brain was the clear winner. Some rumor went around that they were close to emulating a brain the complexity of a cat; this has been debunked.
At the time their research was groundbreaking and previously even emu...
In the book "Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief", Wolpert (2007) discusses the evolutionary origins of belief.
Although I haven't read it yet, abc news reviewed the book.
Wolpert argues that our wide range of beliefs, some of which are
@Josh But does it do NLP? As far as I know some apps are aware of specific words which can trigger a requested action. I see it more as a link between words and actions, nothing more. Well .. that and it keeps 'context', so the links between words and actions change depending on your previous 'action'.
@BenBrocka very interesting. THis is one of the things I'm hoping to learn a lot more about from our site. Even though I am a professional developer I've never really dabbled in AI. Aside from a robotics class in high school, and I don't think that counts :-)
@StevenJeuris Siri's responses change but it's unclear why, that is, do humans correct it or is it learning. We can only guess unless I can convicne my brother to get insider info :-D
@StevenJeuris Organic ones certainly, an artificial one can technically be hard wired, it depends on how willing you are to define it as a neural network when it doesn't perfectly emulate the functionality of an organic one
Siri () is an intelligent software assistant and knowledge navigator functioning as a personal assistant application for iOS. The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services. Apple claims that the software adapts to the user's individual preferences over time and personalizes results, as well as accomplishing tasks such as finding recommendations for nearby restaurants, or getting directions.
Siri was originally introduced as an iOS application available in the App Store...
Apple claims that the software adapts to the user's individual preferences over time and personalizes results, as well as accomplishing tasks such as finding recommendations for nearby restaurants, or getting directions
Caenorhabditis elegans is probably not an ancestor to Humans. As found in Sponge proteins are more similar to those of Homo sapiens than to Caenorhabditis elegans, certain sponges were found to have more similar protein structures to humans than C. elegans suggesting the sponges are the ancestor....
Doesn't seem fragmented to me @Ben, it's a clear and concise answer. Addresses all his points logically
There are also a lot of people asking questions on psychology sites who are working through psychological problems. While these sometimes might be on topic on this site, a lot of the time, they would be too specific, and not scientific enough (in my opinion) for this site
So the question is, how can we gently introduce some of those users to our site...
Ideally it would be good to inform people on other forums who might be interested in being involved in a more feature rich site. However, I'm not quite sure about how that can be done both effectively and in a respectful way (i.e., without spamming).
Over seeding is bad... but maybe if we find good, answerable questions on forums and ask them here, then post back to the forums that we cross posted..?
Now, in retrospect, I wasn't formulating my MSO answer to appease the users of LinuxQuestions, I was doing it to appease MSO users to earn rep. So saying things like we do it better! is clearly not what to say to users of another forum ;-)
@BenBrocka good point; and ultimately it's the people that appreciate the benefits of stack exchange that we'd like to get involved.
@StevenJeuris good point; growth will happen organically as the site builds up more high quality questions and answers; I'd just like to give it a bit more a kick start, particularly considering that cognitive sciences is a little further removed from the programming core of stack exchange.
I've also observed this behaviour in friends, and was curious to see what research has been done on the topic. Here's what I found (summary at the end).
Sechrest and Flores (1971) study of leg-jiggling
Sechrest and Flores (1971) performed an observational study of the prevalence of leg-jigglin...
They tentatively conclude that leg jiggling is a symptom of tension and classify it as a nervous mannerism
@JeromyAnglim that's what my business partner thinks it is when I start this semi-involuntary motion
he always asks me why I am nervous / upset
Researchers have noticed that leg jiggling is used by students when studying in order to deal with the otherwise, long period of no movement