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Is there anything called Genetic Anxiety?

We inherit a lot from our ancestors, but how much the term Genetic Anxiety is true, and if it is true, can it be cured through the same ways(CBT, Exposure Therapy) or it has to be dealt with ...
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Unbounded fears and bounded fears

Can anyone explain these two terms with example in real life situation? I am wondering over it when I came across Dan Gilbert's lecture about 'The surprising science of happiness' Does that simply ...
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Problem with IQ tests in Murray's “The Bell Curve”?

Murray's The Bell Curve came up in a discussion recently. I have a very clear memory of reading a review of the book at the time it came out. The reviewer claimed that one of the many problems with ...
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Gaze as indication of surprise or agreeableness in new born and infant

Several studies on new-born and infant involve the gaze, but depending on the age of the subject, the assumption is different. For new-born, a long gaze means that what they look at is agreeable but ...
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Why do people hide wealth?

I was reading about Panama leaks and I was wondering why do people keep their wealth secret? What's the psychology behind it?
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Can you please explain this phnomena?

I have seen and experienced the following phenomena. It often happen in a work environment but can happen anytime and anywhere: 1) Person A is doing something that requires full concentration (like ...
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Is there any evidence for a bias towards perceiving darker surfaces as 'figure' rather than 'ground'?

Given that surfaces which capture attention are more likely to be perceived as figures (or figures attract attention more than ground does?), is there a bias associated with the luminance of a ...
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Why are some people jealous of other people's success?

I have seen many time in my life where I encountered few peoples who hate those person who are going great with their life and achieving something. I mean why some people hate those person who are ...
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Why are most people not persuaded by rational arguments?

The sentence could look as a provocation for many people, but the thoughts are not always rational and linear. But why this happens? Is it possible to give a short answer? "Counter to what you might ...
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Can the desire to change a romantic partner ever be satisfied?

Based on the typical relationship advise: "Don't try to change your partner" and such, I would say that many people want to see their romantic partners behaving just a little bit differently. It is a ...
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Do dissolving myelinated connections explain learning?

In order to understand how we get rid of established habits/behavior: Can myelinated connections be dissolved or are new connections created that bypass those connections?
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Is there any research showing we only like to see/read information on themes/topics/ideas we like?

I have been thinking about how using social networks (like Facebook, Twitter and etc) have been changing the way we think. For example, Facebook feed is tailored on the basis of what we like. On ...
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Does neuroplasticity cancel the notion of “aptitudes” as a natural gift?

Considering the definition of neuroplasticity as the capability of our brain to rewire itself by forming new neural connections throughout the life, it seems to me that our brain is like a ...
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I need good introductory texts/publications on brain networks and functional integration/segregation

I am a soon to be graduating applied mathematician interviewing for a research position soon in a lab considered with neurological imaging and association of brain networks with things like aging, ...
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Which is a better statistical option to compare differences across groups?

I have two groups (13 experimental and 13 control participants) performing on two cognitive tasks. I have accuracy (omissions, commissions) and reaction time measurement from each test for each ...
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Where does the human need for intimacy stem from?

I'm reading "The Art of Happiness" right now, and in it, it's written that our need from intimacy stems a fear that developed at childbirth. According to the text, there's much evidence that this fear ...
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Cognitive effect during sport activity

I want to get a better comprehension about the mind of people playing sports. I want to understand what happen when people are concentrated during the activity. Could anyone suggest me a book about ...
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Is it possible that human behavior cannot be formalized as an optimization problem?

It is common to explain humans behavior by having the brain follow a certain objective function, that may have been formed through evolution. Given the objective function and infinite computing ...
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Deja vu and some specifics

Deja vu is the feeling of having been where you are presently at some point in the past (usually pointed to dreams because you often cant remember dreams). What would you call that distant memory you ...
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What has been proven on the Elaboration Likelihood Model?

What is proven about Elaboration Likelihood Model? Is it proven that we in some way use two different "routes" of thinking? Is it proven that certain situations tend to trigger certain cognitive ...
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Are some people better at using system 2/Central Route than others?

Are there any scientific research papers proving that some people tend to use their system 2/Central Route more than others?
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Acoustic and light wave coherency?

I know how some music notes combinations sound pleasing, yet others do not. Does the same occur with different frequencies of light (colors)? Since spectral color and acoustic pitch are both defined ...
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Do you know any good tutorial on designing EEG experiments with PsychoPy?

I'm trying to find good documentation on using PsychoPy to measure Event-Related Potentials. In particular, I want to measure and compare the amplitude of the N170, a face-sensitive ERP, when ...
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How does a woman reject an unsuitable man? [closed]

I'm interested in the mechanism behind how a woman can reject a man once already in a relationship. I've done some research and stumbled upon this issue described by multiple different people, which ...
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Do “overview” sections increase learning outcome?

Suppose a math textbook contains an overview chapter for each part of the textbook. The intent of those overview chapters is to motivate and introduce the new mathematical concepts which will be ...
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Accuracy of memory traces in humans

When given a task that requires the recollection of an event and the person forgets the event, does the brain give them a trace of how long ago that event was which they forgot to recollect, as well ...
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Human memory - remembering sequences of letters vs numbers

There are 10 digits and 26 letters. In computer science you'd need 4 bits to store a digit value and 5 bits do store a letter value. Does the same apply to human brain? Is a statistical person able ...
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What is the mechanism behind ambivalent love - hate feelings in personal relationships?

I've recently read that as far as Freud, psychology recognized the phenomena by which a person can hold conflicting feelings of love/hate, attachment/repulsion towards a partner. The negative feelings ...
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Can CBT cure any kind of depression?

CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, no doubt is far better than medications while having long terms goals in mind, but the question is: can it cure any kind of depression, like Seasonal Affective ...
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What's the difference between projecting and mirroring?

In Psychology 101, I learned about Projecting and Mirroring... I know one is where an individual sees his own problems in other people... I always forget the other concept and/or confuse the two. ...
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Why are so many people arachnophobes (afraid of spiders)?

Why are so many people arachnophobes (have an extreme fear of spiders)?
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Theories of Emotion: Schachter's Two Factor Theory Example

I'm currently in AP Psychology and studying for the exam using the College Board's course description, which contains sample psychology multiple choice questions. Here is one question, taken from the ...
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How to test accuracy

I'm a newbie in R and statistics and I don't know how to test if the participants of my experiment are more accurate in one condition or in the other. This is the problem: Let's suppose I test ...
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how to see prefrontal cortex is functioning well by a test?

Is there a test to see if the Prefrontal cortex of someone works normally? especially a simple test like a questionnaire that you give the individuals to fill out and based on their answer you obtain ...
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Can habits be implemented by playing mental scenarios or playing things in your head?

A significant amount of people say that you need to do things over and over again to implement a habit into your subconscious mind where you no longer have to think to do it. If, let's say, I want to ...
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What are the differences between formulating a response in speech vs. formulating a written response?

I am specifically interested in the difference between these two processes during producing a response to a question. What are the differences of the cognitive process between those two scenarios? I ...
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Why is that civil engineering courses for example concrete structure more relies on knowlege than economics, finance, statistics and mathematics?

Why is that civil engineering courses for example concrete structure or mechanical engineering courses consider more relies on knowledge than economics, finance, statistics and mathematics? Is there ...
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How common is it for twins conjoined at the head to share thoughts and visual stimuli?

I've always been interested in the possibility of a pair of conjoined twins, joined at the head, being able to read each other's thoughts, react to stimuli that one of them can't see/hear/feel, and ...
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Is low self esteem pushing person toward maximizing (instead of being easily satisfied)

See the answer to this question: Is there a term that describes the personality trait of always desiring more? Schwartz and colleagues (2002) have proposed that people fall into two groups: ...
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Can authority urge person to commit suicide?

Im interested in influence of authority. I would like to know if it is possible for authority to urge someone to commit suicide. By urge, I mean not using any negative force, so affected person ...
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Can music be addictive?

As playing games for a prolonged period, tend to develop a addictive behavior in humans, Is there any possibility for addiction to music? i.e. When a person listens to certain list of songs and gets ...
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Do 10.000 hours of practice make you an expert?

With his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell has widely popularized the idea that the requirement to become an expert in any field is largely to invest at least 10.000 hours of deliberate practice. ...
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How to create a non cogntive index

I am currently trying to make a non-cognitive index using questions/variables. However there are following problems; (a) The scales of the questions/variables vary, so I have a scale from 1 to 4 and ...
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Does the brain have a 'debugging mode'?

In computer programming we have a debugger that we can use to execute a program step by step. In that mode, the program can be suspended and we can analyze the state of the hardware, modify the state ...
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Are people able to accurately judge body shape and size from images of the face?

I have noticed that when I look at a cropped picture of someone's face, I fill in the remaining image of his/her body in a manner that is consistent with the face (wider face, larger body, skinnier ...
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Using Cognitive biases for behavior change?

I'm interested in using cognitive biases as basis for behavior change, similar to what we see in gaminfication (e.g. instant gratification to hook people to continue playing). I'm new to the field and ...
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Looking for a name of a theory or reason behind a seeming cognitive mistake or error

Setting: Bathroom, you've just brushed your teeth, turned the water on to let the remainder drift into the drain. After a moment you know there is something that needs to happen(obviously turning off ...
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give me concrete example of mindless and mindful activity

Can you give me concrete example of mindless activity and mindful activity? which category "watching movie" or "reading novel" belongs to? my definition of mindful and mindless? mindful to me is ...
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What does it even mean to have a male/female brain?

I have began taking a class on the sociology of gender and how gender is more malleable than previously thought and that femininity and masculinity exists in a continuum. What does this actually imply ...
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Why do we say that some animals have consciousness and some don't?

For example, I have heard many say that ants don't have consciousness but humans do. I have always thought that our bodies/brain works more like computers (inputs and outputs). An analogy I can give ...