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Jul
10
comment Can we change the direction of a neurological signal?
With an eye to doing what with the end result? Theoretically it's possible, but in practicality, it would be extremely complicated (dealing with axon collaterals and convergence/redundancy in higher centers).
Jun
26
comment Immortality Gene? Really?
Honestly, I understand you are asking this question in earnest, but everything in that interview screams that that person is a crackpot. Ten years into his research and I've never heard anything, so he's behind schedule!
Jun
26
comment Immortality Gene? Really?
"I read somewhere in the internet" -- please link to the specific claim, because this clearly doesn't have a shred of truth to it. It will help those answering explain why it's not true.
Jun
12
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Not a problem! I think I'm going to sit this one out, though. There's more than enough great candidates here already.
Jun
12
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You've done a phenomenal job on both Bio and CogSci in bolstering site content through answering questions, engaging users in comments, responsibly voting to close, as well as doing quite a bit of editing/reviewing. I think you have the enthusiasm and the motivation to do a great job as a mod.
Jun
5
comment Why does the human brain not overfit when training at some task?
(parenthetically, I'm not convinced that we don't "overfit" at times, especially in the developing brain, but analogies between ANNs and BNNs are often stretched to the point where such shared features become muddled)
Jun
5
comment Why does the human brain not overfit when training at some task?
@AliceD Overfitting is when an artificial neural network captures too many extraneous features of the data during training so that generalization becomes nearly impossible. It's an interesting question, but it's unclear, I agree with both of you.
May
31
comment A request for an overview of the cranial nerves
Very nice find!
May
31
comment A request for an overview of the cranial nerves
A lot of the information that you are looking for is in the book chapter, but I can understand how it might be overwhelming. Unfortunately, anything "easier" is probably going to be too cursory and sugar-coated, so you may just have to slog through it and cherry pick what you need. Also, you're in the perfect spot to ask specific questions about the material already! :)
Apr
18
comment Energy consumption of a resting synapse
Let me first note that forgetting as we know it is more complicated than just pruning of synapses. Yes. You took the comment right out of my mouth.
Apr
18
comment Does breathing air containing 3% carbon dioxide gives you a headache?
Do you have the source? If not, it's hard to know what the number is referring to.
Mar
29
comment What exactly is neuroplasticity, and can it be demonstrated with a simple experiment?
I have voted to close this as a medical advice question due to the "experimentation" aspect, but if you rework it a bit, there are some interesting questions here. Take a look at some of the work done on lateral connections/silent synapses in the motor and sensory cortexes particularly after cerebral infarct or TBI and you should have plenty of fodder for an outstanding and well-researched question.
Mar
29
comment What exactly is neuroplasticity, and can it be demonstrated with a simple experiment?
This is not something you want to be testing in any kind of "home experiment". I agree with @anongoodnurse, your last example is a bit muddled in terms of its reliance on long-term plasticity. Your first sentence has some ring of truth to it, as this phenomenon has been observed in the congenitally blind, for example (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_modal_plasticity), but there is no "movement" per se.
Mar
25
comment Why do home-grown fruits tend to taste better than mass-produced consumer fruits?
Your whole question is built on a supposition that hardly anyone can truly prove. Even if you narrowed this down to an objective measure of taste under "organic" versus "non-organic" techniques, it's still driven by opinion.
Mar
13
comment books for beginners in research in mathematical biology
This is far too broad to answer effectively. We don't know anything about which specific areas you are interested in or what your level of ability is, aside from that you haven't had any mathematical modeling coursework. Most books would probably be accessible for someone with a background in ODEs, and I'm sure you've had experience with those.
Feb
14
comment Is brain transplantation possible?
@ChrisStronks Now I think it's too broad, unfortunately. There's a laundry list of assumptions that have to be built into any answer, and so narrowing it down to whether one would want the CNS to be functional, be able to vascularize itself, or to maintain histocompatibility would be helpful, but even bearing that narrowing of the question, this is still really a fanciful idea.
Dec
25
comment Perception of distant lights without glasses
@WYSIWYG I think you're being a bit hasty here. There is an extensive body of literature on the physics (and psychophysics) of vision that can be brought to bear here.
Dec
7
comment Effect of closed eyes on balance?
@Masi Is correct. This is a fairly common neurological test.
Nov
5
comment Food allergen-related skin reactions and intestinal inflammation?
I was not implying they were duplicates, so I apologize if it came across that way.
Nov
5
comment Food allergen-related skin reactions and intestinal inflammation?
It's not the same situation, I realize, but they are two sides of the same coin. I also did it so that the two questions could reference each other in the sidebar --->