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What are the cognitive elements of dangerous behaviors? [closed]

I am looking for theories or articles that focused on cognitive elements contributing to risk-taking behaviors. For example it is known that response inhibition is linked to impulsive behaviors. I am ...
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How does Classical Conditioning and Operant Conditioning really differ?

I was taking a practice ap psychology test and was curious how operant and classical conditioning are different. My test claims that the difference comes from the fact that Classical conditioning is ...
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How are inherited instincts related to deprivation states?

In Psychology and Life (Chapter 1, 18th edition), the authors (Gerrig and Zimbardo) write that According to the psychodynamic perspective, behavior is driven, or motivated, by powerful inner ...
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Psychological explanation for perceptions of the Loch Ness monster

I previously asked about whether physics could explain the occurrences of the rogue waves which could psychology explain the eyewitnesses' perceptions of the Loch Ness monster? (The Physics.SE ...
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What causes behavioural inhibition?

There are obvious consequences that prevent people from behaving anti-socially or criminally. However there are many behaviours that are within the bounds of social norms, yet there seems to be some ...
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How Do Expert People think? [on hold]

What are he characteristics of Expert/Genius people who seem to be far away from others in terms of superior skills and expertise in any domain. How do these people think? Is their any cognitive ...
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Why is it more acceptable to get rich doing sports than business?

I live in Finland where it is not acceptable to emphasize of being rich, eg. buying expensive sportcars/houses/apartments and introduce them on "yellow press". But there is one exception. If you have ...
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What are the underlying mechanisms for optimal bias

I have asked a question before about how does smoker's decision react to new personal health information. Link here. How do people estimate smoking's impact on their mortality? Now I have a ...
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Is there a name for having an obsessive interest in new topics for short periods of time?

I have the tendency to get obsessively interested in a subject for 2 weeks, get bored, and then move on to something else. For instance I have just started learning about chess and find myself ...
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What is the modern definition for problem solving?

Apart from Polya's definition of problem solving in 1981, "finding a way out of a difficulty, a way around an obstacle, attaining an aim that was not immediately attainable.", is there a better modern ...
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average attention time and average attention compensation time

I'm currently looking for better study patterns and habits, i was wondering if there is any good source for statistics regarding average attention span and more specifically- what is the average ...
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According to MBTI tests results are woman more Judging than men?

Since I lack of academic formation please be tolerant if I write something not correct. As you know MBTI test is based on 4 personality dimension (E/I, S/N, T/F, J/P) each of which can assume two ...
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How do we now that someone is staring at us? [duplicate]

Everyone has that ability that they come to know whenever someone is staring at anyone. So my question is that can anyone explain in non-medical terms that how do we know when someone is staring at ...
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How to analyse physiological measurements acquired by MP150 modules for auditory experiments?

I am seeking the best forums or web documents to search for examples on how to analyze data from physiological measurements acquired by a set of MP150 modules during a cognitive psychology experiment ...
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What do people who have phobia do to keep themselve at ease?

Specifically regarding people with fear of the unknown, how do they keep themselves at ease and rationalise their actions? This is not about the treatment, but about the actions motivated by fears ...
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Most common cognitive biases? [closed]

I'm an amateur student of cognitive biases and psychological traps and have been reading some of the work of Kahneman, Tversky, Gilovich et al. along with more popular books like Cialdini's ...
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What is mindful focused self-awareness from a cognitive science perspective?

Focused mindful self-awareness (Google talk Jon Kabat-Zinn) are common activities, used to help patients of a variety of mental illness of different degrees - with some evidence of healing (Dr. ...
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What is the relationship between thinking in “inner voice” and coming up with new ideas?

I'm reading "Untethered Soul" book on spirituality, and the book begins with a chapter on "inner voice". The book provides a number of exaggerated examples of what the voice could be talking about at ...
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Can CBT help with “self acceptance” and does it fall under “self esteem”

I need to think of a theme for therapy with a trained nurse. I was thinking "self acceptance" cos self esteem was one of the three groups of things that were offered. The suggestion was it would be ...
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Is Denial or “Ego Defence Mechanism” inherent in all minds?

In Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno, one of the characters proclaims that denial is present in all human minds. Meaning, the brain just erases all conceivable threats that it can't handle or finds ...
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Most biologically plausible model of categorization

Categorization in cognitive psychology has had a lot of research and theories thrown at it. However, what is the most biologically plausible cognitive model of categorization? By biologically ...
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Ignoring someone can be considered aggressive?

I'm referring to some narcissists that I know. To avoid suffering they developed a lack of need. The idea is to feel attracted only by who is very attracted by them; to being stronger inside the ...
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Are there “6 degrees of separation” for ideas?

Sites like linkedin.com are built on the idea that you can be related to any person in the world though around 6 people. One person knows another one, that one another one, and in the end you are ...
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Inducing long term low latent inhibition [closed]

From what I have gathered of low latent inhibition, it is an extreme increased level of dopamine in the brain.. dopamine is a neurotransmitter and hormone. Increasing it has many advantages and a ...
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Attitude to judge and avoid efforts [closed]

I've opened a question trying to point out every doubt I had on a language of development: I thought it could be constructive. I'm pretty proud of the formulation of this question since it gives ...
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Is it hard to change people's beliefs without resorting to marketing techniques? And if so, why?

Background: Dale Carnegie was the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. He was the author of How to Win ...
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cognitive science major to user interface design job

How can I land an entry level job with a cognitive science major? I have taken an intro to java course and will take a modeling human performance course. I'd appreciate tips on other courses to take ...
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Do smart drugs (nootropics) make you smarter?

Do nootropic drugs like modafinil make you smarter? Are they like coffee?Do they improve working memory?Is there a potential for a pill like NZT-48 from the movie Limitless? From Wikipedia (SPOILER ...
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What is the difference between a schema and a heuristic? [closed]

I am trying to understand the basic differences, in layman's terms, between a schema and a heuristic
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Assuming everything has conciousness, can technical hardware have higher level of conciousness than a rock? [closed]

If we assume that everything has conciousness – plants, animals, even rocks, then can we say that technical hardware, like a calculator for example, has a higher level of conciousness than a rock?
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Could an ethic stating that everyone should care about himself go into justifying exploitment?

Let's assume that one man has the following belief: 1) Everyone has to take care of himself; it's not mandatory for people to be nice and good, it's mandatory to defend ourselves from others and to ...
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When I smoke my cigarettes why do I feel smart? [closed]

I dunno why I feel smart after getting some smokes in.