Questions tagged [cognitive-neuroscience]

For questions regarding the study of the underlying neural substrates of cognition, especially those at the crossroads of psychology and neurobiology

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Fear conditioning and LTP

I was reading a paper and got confused by contiguity and contingency. I copied a few sentences. Can anyone explain me these few lines Pairing-induced LTP requires contiguity between the weak ...
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Is a neurocongitive test invalid if self administered

Assuming the test was not designed to be self administered, could bias be introduced in such a way as to make the results invalid? Would the results be biased upwards or downwards or simply impossible ...
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Gestalt Principles of Perception

I have studied that Gestalt Principles are principles/laws of human perception that describe how humans group similar elements, recognize patterns, and simplify complex images when we perceive objects....
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What's the relation between distorted(REM) sleep and creativity?

I was recently listening to Huberman's podcast where he said that disturbed REM sleep causes people to make odd connections and I was wondering if there is any relation between distorted REM sleep and ...
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How does twitter allow certain people to perform mass manipulation?

Recently we have seen many billionaires doing mass manipulation with the use of twitter. Is there any line of research of the categories of manipulation these people are doing on twitter?
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Are lower frequency brain waves better for mental, abstract tasks?

Would a brain with in a state where lower frequency brain waves are more prevalent, be better at math, writing, music, logical problems and other forms of abstract thought? Or would that same brain do ...
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Can the human brain be simulated by a computer?

There is a Wikipedia page on brain simulation, but: Question: Could there be (experimental) evidence that the (human) brain cannot be simulated by a computer? Note that the Wikipedia page Mind ...
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Free will and neuron firing

I have been reading a lot about free will and the most recent neuroscience experiments in that field. However, one way question troubles me to which I have never been able to find any study. We know ...
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What are higher-level and lower-level brain functions?

The human brain can be described as a "Russian nesting doll" in the sense that the most ancient areas of the brain responsible for lower functions are located at its centre while newer ...
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Is there an upper bound on signals ascending from the sensory nerves through the medulla?

I'm starting to go down a research path related to haptic and embodied cognition. Though I haven't taken a deep dive into neuroanatomy (only a 300 level undergrad cognitive neuroscience course's worth ...
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Do stronger emotions take longer to process with dreams?

One theory of dreams is they help us process strong experiences. So I wondered whether one needs a longer sleep after some strong experiences partly to give the brain longer to complete the healing/...
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What is the difference between Cognitive Bias and Cognitive distortion?

I was asked by my professor to give a presentation on the topic "Cognitive biases and distortions" and during my prep I had this question. Could anyone please shed some light? I tried ...
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Does the brain possess mechanisms to spot a feedback loop of self-induced negative sensation and relief?

Imagine a person has random psychosomatic itching and applies an ointment which brings relief. Could their brain wrongly assosiate the process that causes the itching as good as it brought relief? As ...
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Are there any ways to naturally speed up my reaction speed without any drugs?

I play a lot of video-games and did some research online and came to the conclussion that a certain set of things are linked to an above average reaction speed and an general improved cognitive ...
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How does neural synchronization happen and what if it doesn’t work like it should in healthy people?

How does neural synchronization happen and what results/shows up if it doesn’t work like it should like described here: Moreover, chaotic behavior stemming from self-organization processes in the ...
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If exactly one neuron magically disappeared from my brain, would my thoughts be significantly different?

If exactly one neuron magically disappeared from my brain, would my thoughts be significantly different? One can ask an analogous question about a single neuron (and/or its synapses) being magically ...
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What lies at the core of human brain's processing, is it a simple retrieval from memory or actual computation?

For example, let's say I am solving a tough Calculus problem, as is my friend. I have practised calculus problems for several months now. While my friend is new to it. So, I solve it easily while my ...
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How to monitor our own cognitive state

How can we assess our own mental state? For example, in the morning I always thought I am awake but I can always be more alert by showering. How can my brain tell if it's at a sub-optimal state? ...
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What is the size, volume, dimensions etc. of the central lateral nucleus in the anterior intralaminar thalamus in humans?

I have been searching extensively on the internet and journal articles for the size, volume, dimensions, etc. of the central lateral nucleus in the anterior intralaminar thalamus in humans but have ...
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How is Pain Subjective and Different from Nociception

So pain is the sensory feeling that tells indiviual that something bad at some part of the body has happened. What I fail to understand is how is pain subjective? If we have touch receptors in the ...
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Is it true that mirror neurons can make a man with an amputated arm feel sensation just by looking at someone else's arm, like Ramachandran said?

In this Ted Talk Ramachandran sais that mirror neurons can make a person with an amputated arm feel sensation, is it true? And if so, why doesn't the brain feel a sensation by looking at someone else'...
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What is the neuroscience behind copying dialect?

So everybody raised in the same area speaks with the same dialect, why is it so? What is the neuroscience behind this phenomenon?
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IQ-EQ oscillation

I know a guy who was very smart in school and university and had a high IQ. For example, in middle school he used to read high school science and math books like they're nothing but he had low EQ and ...
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What happens inside the brain when we concentrate?

What happens inside the brain when we concentrate (meditate), and why does a person find it difficult to continuously concentrate for a long time? That is, why does one need a break after working or ...
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Any neuroscience related intelligence theories?

Correlations between biological measurements and intelligence has been made in the past, e.g. blood flow or metrics like cortex size, though are there any specific neuroscience related intelligence ...
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Is there a formal name for the effect/cognitive bias of seeing something new

I'm wondering if there is a formal neuroscience or psychology term for the following: We see something new, fresh, and different and as a result pause just a little bit longer to look it over. Imagine ...
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How would you explain the relationship between “ideas”, “beliefs”, “mental images” and “thoughts”? [closed]

I'd really like to know how psychology and neuroscience are working with the concepts of "ideas", "beliefs", "mental images" and "thoughts" nowadays. I'm ...
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Metacognitive strategy in terms of cognitive science

Everything I can find about term 'metacognitive strategy' or 'metacognition' is related to teaching or learning strategies, but I wonder what does it actually mean in terms of cognitive science.
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Can a student being asked a question trigger a true fight-or-flight response?

I have a professor who, in a lecture, briefly describes the neurophysiology of the "fight-or-flight" response. She states "in the hierarchy of information processing, emotional data ...
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How communal parenting, through the develpment in the prefrontal cortex, could lead to a better emotion regulation? [closed]

In this Michael Meaney interview, he let an open question at the end. He mentioned that communal parenting, could "in some ways buffer the child by having potentially more positive sources of ...
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Is it possible to use mixed-effect models on averages dataset?

I have an EEG dataset with participant ids and averaged signal to noise ratios for different different conditions and regions. Can I use a mixed effect model for this dataset (e.g., lmm(SNR ~ ...
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Why does mental work cause fatigue?

In Mental Fatigue: Costs and Benefits, Boksem and Tops advance that mental fatigue results from the brain's decision to save energy: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/...
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Can the Conscious Competence Learning Model be applied to emotion regulation

Can the Conscious Competence Learning Model be applied to emotion regulation? As you activate the parasympathetic nervous system by utilizing techniques such as meditation your overall emotion ...
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How action potential is generated while dreaming

I would like to know what generates the action potential in the brain areas that is relevant to dreaming, since our sensory nervous systems don't work (or do they?). What else can generate the action ...
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Question about the role of the sensory receptors compared to the sensory cortoces

I have two questions regarding the fact that each sensory receptor has its specific ion channels that open in response to a specific stimulus (for example, ion channel that opens when streching for ...
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Is the symbolic meaning of dark/black and light/white innate in humans?

Dark/black and light/white have symbolic meanings(1, 2). Dark/black represents, among others: Grief, evil, mystery (often with hidden threats), lack of knowledge, etc. Light/white represtents, among ...
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Is it normal to seek revenge when there's no rational benefit of it?

My understanding of the psychology of revenge has always been very simple: if you are wronged and do nothing about it, the perpetrator and everyone else who learns about that may get tempted to wrong ...
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How a signal is generated by the brain when we want to move a body [duplicate]

I've read tons of articles about how moving our bodies is going on. BUT I've found some part of topic just IGNORED. ALL authors just pass the part "our brain generates the signal". I have been trying ...
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Question about the left-brain interpreter characteristic

I got to know the concept that the left hemisphere of the brain has the ability to infer conclsions about the world, even if the information on which it relays is not necessarily valid, from ...
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Which part of the brain “lights up” most consistently when someone is watching cartoons?

I have a vague memory of learning that there's a consistent part of the brain that "lights up" when someone is looking at a cartoon rendering rather than a photo. Which region would this be?
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Why are the sensations from different senses perceived joint? [duplicate]

Why are all the sensations from different senses all perceived joint and not everyone separately? Obviously, all the sensations are in the same physical classical system, if not, when we die, ...
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Long term effects of speaking & reading aloud while cutting yourself off from the auditory input

What are the long term effects of reading and talking out loud and while you can't hear the actual sound? Reading aloud increases your memory retention via the the production effect. But that ...
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Why can't we do the things we know instantaneously?

In the following video eventhough people know that when handlebar of the bicycle is turned left the wheel of that bicycle is turned towards right and vice versa, they can't ride that new bicycle ...
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Dopamine is released in anticipation. What chemial is released when the reward is actually recieved and complete the feedback loop?

The figure shows Twice as much dopamine was released when there is a 50/50 chance of getting the reward vs 100%. So brain releases dopamine in anticipation of reward. But how does the brain confirm ...
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Testing Multilayer Perceptron [closed]

The following script is from Trappenberg's Fundamentals of Computational Neuroscience and is used to test a perceptron's robustness against noise. However, how would one alter it to test the output ...
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Can eye tracking be used as a form of biofeedback?

I'm an occasional meditator and I've noticed that conceptual thought often produces eye movements, and I'm curious if anyone has tried using eye movements as a form of biofeedback. The Muse headset ...
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Humans don't understand the accumulation of small numbers - what is this phenomena called?

I find that if you tell someone to give you 20$ vs. giving you 1$ everyday for 20 days - people react differently. Similarly ...
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How a living being (a huge collection of atoms) perceive things? [duplicate]

How a series of physical and chemical events leads to a very non physical/ intangible perception? For example, let's say a certain wavelength of light falls on the retina of my eyes, then the sensory ...
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Does thinking or focusing on something alter a neuron's speed?

I Googled about this but couldn't find any thing precise to be that does thinking about something hard alters the speed of neurons impulses? I have heard of neurons velocity being variable but want to ...
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Is there any categorization of cognitive abilities based on brain structure and biology?

I'm pretty sure that the answer to the following question is yes : Is there any categorization of cognitive abilities based on brain structure and biology? However, because I'm a newbie, I'm kind of ...

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