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Top new questions this week:

Is the average IQ still 100?

IQ tests have been around since Binet invented them in the early 20th century roughly 100 years ago. The point of the test was to measure your mental against your chronological age (hence the ...

iq  
asked by Octopus 6 votes
answered by Berit Larsen 8 votes

Why is the order of white/grey matter different in the brain and spinal cord?

In the brain proper, grey matter forms the outer layer of the brain, and white matter forms the inner layer. In the spine, this is reversed: white matter forms the outer layer of the spine, and grey ...

neurobiology neuroanatomy  
asked by RECURSIVE FARTS 3 votes
answered by AliceD 2 votes

What benefit is there to playing highly repetitive games?

I quite enjoy playing games which requires many repetitions of the level in order to get right. These games are often constant-speed scrolling obstacle-course type games where the player must navigate ...

video-games  
asked by Stacey 2 votes

What's the difference between metaphor and conceptual blending?

A "metaphor" seems to be just the discourse-level result of a conceptual blend. If you're more of a Lakoff-guy, I could see you claiming "metaphor", especially a "conceptual metaphor" to be the same ...

cognitive-modeling language anthropology  
asked by RECURSIVE FARTS 2 votes

Are brain sub-divisions based off embryonic development used when describing mature brains?

Are the terms for brain divisions based off of embryonic development (e.g. prosencephalon, diencephalon) used for mature brain divisions? (e.g. forebrain, interbrain). For example, would it be wrong ...

neuroanatomy  
asked by RECURSIVE FARTS 2 votes
answered by AliceD 1 vote

Have any drugs been shown to increase the neuroplasticity of adult brains?

I read recently in the book "meet your happy chemicals" that the hormones of puberty are neurochemicals that cause your neurons to connect and myelinate more easily. If this is true have any studies ...

neurobiology learning cognitive-neuroscience developmental-psychology plasticity  
asked by Alex Ryan 2 votes

Practical ways to increase Mental alertness?

Are there any scientifically proven exercises which can improve mental alertness and awareness naturally? please share!

cognitive-psychology memory cognitive-neuroscience personality  
asked by sharp Brain 1 vote
answered by Duke Rusty 0 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

At what age are women perceived to be most attractive?

Someone once quoted a research at me: Men were shown photographs of female body parts and asked to judge the attractiveness. The result was that men (of all ages) found 14 year old females the most ...

social-psychology physical-attraction  
asked by what 8 votes
answered by Nick Stauner 6 votes

How valid is Lumosity's Brain Performance Index and what normative information is available?

Background There is a test called Lumosity's Brain Performance Index. A sample profile of scores might be: Speed 680 Memory 707 Attention 277 Flexibility 304 Problem ...

cognitive-psychology intelligence test brain-training  
asked by 40Plot 29 votes
answered by Jeromy Anglim 26 votes

Can you answer this?

Does Big 5 measure preferences for physical activity?

While working on my amateur studies on personality differences, I use both Big 5 and MBTI to map traits. Using the MBTI theories I can fairly easy recognize the "Sensing" personalities, those who ...

personality mbti preferences  
asked by Berit Larsen 1 vote
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