# All Questions

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### How to go about self-diagnosis for a learning disability that may be related to slow processing speed?

As a sort of disclaimer, "diagnosis" is a much stronger word than what is meant. 'Slow processing speed' seems too general, while ADD seems to be an umbrella term when further (costly) testing is ...
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### Models of barriers to “Flow” (being in “the zone”)

This Wikipedia article is an excellent overview to the concept of Flow. The problem is, from personal experience, in one specific area, I think it's incomplete. To quote: Schaffer (2013) ...
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### How success people know the right path to success?

I have been working with Google since last couple of years hence I get to know the Googlers from a very close perspective. Now comes the interesting part. Last year a new Googler joined beside me and ...
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### Where one's brain processes language

I was trying to figure out a better way to phrase this question in the title, but couldn't, so I apologize if it's a bit vague and possible misleading. I had recently learned about how, despite ...
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### What's the difference between computational neuroscience and systems neuroscience?

I'm an engineer, interested in mental machinery, to imitate cognitive capabilities of the human mind into primitive artificial models. In this case, cognitive neuroscience (CogN) is something, ...
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### What is the status of traits theory in personality psychology?

Currently, what is the status of traits theory in personality psychology? Is it still a satisfactory theoretical framework to which to refer? What about its personality tests? Could you support your ...
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### What's the term in psychology for the way people think of concepts using examples?

I learned about this but forget its name. The idea is that when people hear a word or think of a concept they tend to come up with certain examples that fit the idea more than others. For example, if ...
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### What are the correlations between the facets of honesty-humility in HEXACO personality and the Dark Triad?

I was just reading some of the items in the HEXACO measure of personality. It seems to me that the "honesty-humility" factor is actually more naturally expressed in the opposite way. I.e., about three ...
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### Vigilance is an emotion?

I've always loved pondering emotion theories and usually agree with them, but Plutchik describes the intense form of anticipation to be Vigilance, and this is quite confusing to me. Vigilance as ...
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### Why is Potassium(K) important to neurology & the brain?

When researching the pharmacological mechanisms of action and interactions that various psychotropic drugs, poisons, neurotoxins, etc. have on the brain: I frequently see off-hand references to the ...
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### Empirical evidence of claim “some men just want to watch the world burn” [on hold]

From the few surveys I read, criminals always had a "good-intention" justification eg. redistributing money to poor etal. In other words, they were always looking for something that benefits the world,...
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### Which type of chemicals in my brain should I increase in order to become more competitive? [on hold]

I know that Testosterone is one of the hormones in men responsible for competitiveness and aggressiveness, but it's not the only, and getting higher levels of T most likely won't be enough. I wonder, ...
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### Are there universal cat signaling gestures?

I've recently became aware that many aspects of human behavior can be explained in terms of signaling theory, where we send each other signals of our fitness, personality qualities and status. For ...
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### What statistical method to compare bilinguals and monolinguals on a task switching task?

I have data from my experiment where two groups participated (monolinguals vs. bilinguals). There was a language switching as well as a task switching part to the experiment where the data tells how ...
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### Significance of 4 stimulus cards in the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test?

I've reviewed the papers by Grant, D. A., & Berg, E. (1948) and Fey, E. T. (1951). These papers from what I was able to find, lay out the basis of the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST). There ...
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### Convention for selection of summary slices in fMRI

Looking at papers, I often see an fMRI volume summarised by taking a single axial, sagittal and coronal slice (typically in MNI152 space). For an example see Figure 1 in de Bie et al, 2011 [1]. The ...
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### What's the psychological basis for “Look at me when I'm talking to you”?

If a person is talking to another person and the other person is looking away but still listening, many times I've seen people insist by saying: "Look at me when I'm talking you" or Gently ...
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### Is there a cognitive bias which describes expert communities' overestimation of their potential impact?

I was recently trying to argue that the Democratic National Committee's efforts to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign were probably ineffective, and that those who attempted to do so probably ...
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### What are some explanations for the relationship between social and spatial mapping?

Background: A study published last summer in the journal Neuron found that when participants were tasked with finding a new home and job by interacting with characters in a virtual roleplaying game, ...
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### How accurate is this graph about learning curve and spaced repetition system?

This graph is taken from the article from Wired about Piotr Woźniak and his spaced repetition learning software SuperMemo: Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm ...
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### How to test a theory that explains a psychological phenomenon using evolutionary arguments? [on hold]

I'm a non-psychologist so would appreciate any guidance from this community. I've heard arguments that people have overconfidence, probability matching tendencies, etc, because that is chosen by ...
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### Is forward associated with right and backwards with left?

The following is an observation I made in an informal sample group of about 10 people. I am looking into understanding the behavior I observed. Here is the setting: On a computer keyboard there are ...
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### Isolating stable EEG data across all channels in EEGLAB

I'm working on some EEG data we collected using the Emotiv Epoc headset using 14 channel sensors. I need to isolate chunks of data where all 14 channels are stable (non-noisy) for a given length of ...
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### Why the craziness about pokemon go? [closed]

I guess that everyone here is informed about the release of that videogame and the consequences it's having that pretty go far beyond for what's normal for any videogame in most people (there are ...
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### Why do thoughts take a non-zero length of time? [on hold]

I was staring blankly at my desk thinking about how to overcome a programming task at work when it suddenly dawned on me I had spent the best part of half an hour trying to envision how this problem ...
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### Differential diagnosis for shortness of breath from anxiety

Unexplained or difficult to explain shortness of breath seems to be blamed on anxiety very frequently despite lack of diagnostic evidence, especially in individuals with psychiatric conditions. This ...
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### Tests to Assess Collaboration Skills

We are trying to map people collaboration skills and aptitudes, in a business context. In particular we are interested in the following personality traits: Intrinsic Motivation Attitude to risk ...
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### Can lithium withdrawal cause parathesia upon withdrawal?

Why would paresthesia develop after an individual is withdrawn from lithium due to chronic critical toxicity and continue for a protracted period of time? Is this a result of some kind of damage or ...
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### What is the scientific definition of Introversion/Extroversion?

Personally I believe introvert and extrovert are one of the most thrown around and misused words. I would go as far to say as what they mean in common everyday English is not the same as what they ...
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### Expanding some memory type? (It's highly specific) [on hold]

Speaking of all the research that has ever taken place in the various brain sciences and its implications, what are the known and verified or unverified but seemingly convincing ways to expand the ...
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### Why cute things make us want to touch it?

Why when we see a cute cat or dog, we immedietly want to make physical contact with it (touch, hug, smell, etc.)? Does brain percives cute things somehow like food? Or maybe it triggers parent-child ...
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### Human brain v/s computer: speed comparison?

We can't compute (speaking of some of the functions a computer can perform ) as fast as a computer. Where does this shortcoming stem from- working memory or clock frequency perhaps comparable to the ...
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### Is there a term for when a person offers your services at no cost to them? [closed]

Ok so imagine you and a friend (John) are at a party and it is time to leave. John has made another friend there that doesn't have a lift home. John says to them that YOU will give them a lift home. ...
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### how to comprehensively assess three areas of cognition (attention, reaction-time, memory) on a daily, personal basis, preferably online,? [on hold]

I am attempting to figure out a battery of tests that I can perform on myself on a daily/weekly basis to test whether any intervention I attempt on myself actually improves my cognitive performance. ...
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### How to calculate the confidence interval for $d^\prime$ (d prime)?

I have an experiment with $N$ signal trials and $M$ no signal trials and I have measure the number of hits $nHit$ and the number of false alarms $nFA$. From this I can compute the probability of a hit ...
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### Lack of motivation [on hold]

Some people work really hard for a company, even going above and beyond their job when no tangible reward is present, yet they are super lazy and lack motivation when running their own business. Some ...
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### Difference between content-addressable memory and associative memory?

Often when I'm reading theoretical neuroscience publications, such as "Towards an integration of deep learning and neuroscience", as well as "Memory and the Computational Brain", theorists often ...
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### Relation between memory and creativity

What theories exist explaining the interaction between creativity and long term memory? I am especially interested in how, in creative work, a thought triggers a memory that may not be related to it ...
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### Are there any papers showing that too much learning matters is bad for memory? [on hold]

Does anyone know papers indicating that too much information is bad for the memory or even more precise - that too much learning matter is bad for the success of a student? I know a bit of the ...
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### If light travels at c, and the human nervous system's speed/perception speed<c, why aren't we not seeing or blind at some times? [closed]

If light travels at c, and the human nervous system is a lot slower than light speed, therefore it would take a lot of time for us to process what we see, why aren't we blind to what's going around us ...
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### Are women better at multitasking?

I've observed multiple occasions where females are better at multitasking than males. It's not rare to see a lady driving a car, doing her make up and talking on the phone at the same time. Once I ...
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### Can drastic changes in stress levels impact long-term memory? [closed]

Can going from a highly intensive and stressful environment to one which is calm and relaxed impact long-term memory or, specifically, one's ability to easily recall information? For example, I have ...
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### Is there any research into the outcomes of women with fathers in the military

I've been noticing a correlation among women with fathers in the military, specifically related to their sexuality and career choices. I'm interested in any research that might indicate how women are ...
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### Can you learn a skill by observing someone else?

For instance, does watching an artist draw improve your drawing skill, even if you're not drawing along with them?
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### Are there any cases of having both an eidetic memory and good comprehension?

In my experience, having friends who have had the gift (or curse) of an eidetic memory, they could recite pages from books flawlessly but were unable to grasp the meaning. Similarily, I have found ...
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### Can one personality kill another personality? [closed]

For a person with multiple personalities, can one personality murder or kill another personality such that the killed personality never surface again? Did it ever happen or studied?
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### What is the role of (why )universal gas constant in Nernst equation?

The Nernst equation is an equation that relates the the total voltage, i.e. the electromotive force, of the full cell at any point in time to the standard electrode potential, temperature, activity, ...
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### Can the big five personality dimensions be trained/enhanced?

Are there established methods to, say, enhance someone's conscientiousness or agreeableness? In particular, since it seems there's evidence linking positive relationship between the big five to ...