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samson.fischkind smisch at tiac.not
Mon Dec 2 11:50:15 EST 1996


In article <57sq18$29p at cwis.isu.edu>, petrjean at cwis.isu.edu (Jean Petree) wrote:

> Stephen Black wrote
[snip]
> Then any differences in oxygen consumption can be attributed to 
> differences in thought size. Would any be detectable (serious question)?
> 
> >Any of those might work except for the fact that your brain is constantly
> >at work on other thoughts, even if you're not aware of them. So at one
> >point while duh-ing, your brain may be turning over some trivialities,
> >while at another duh-ing it may be very hard at work.

> Maybe those background trivialities just sort of "subtract out"?  After
> all, they occur *across* conditions ...

Exactly. What you need to do is establish a baseline of some sort. "Noise"
can be taken out of the equation by averaging the results of several
trials, much like in an EP paradigm.

_Sounds_ straightforward. Then again, cogito ergo sum...

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smisch at tiac.net



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