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Can suggestion change memories?

I came up with this question because of my personal experience. I think it may help you understand my question better, so I will describe it briefly. Piece of metal When I was a kid, I (accidentally)...
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How do I make myself think before I act? [closed]

How do I suppress strong emotions in favour of doing the right thing?
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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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Which paper or book from cognitive science do you think everyone should read or know about, and why?

I have created a community wiki question to encourage/enable users to share the books or paper from cognitive science that you think is most important for others to read and know about. Please just ...
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Does nlp have a dependency on a subject having strong visualisation skills?

I have read a few books on Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and, it seems that a corner stone of NLP is strong inner visualisation skills. Is there any research that looks at the correlation between ...
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Could one use priming (from realistic images to drawings thereof) to help teach the conventions of line drawing?

Line drawing is a very stylised form of art. There are no lines in nature, and artists have to learn the conventions to be used when drawing in line. I am interested in whether one could help them ...
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Role of shared gaze/joint attention in infants for the development of executive function

I'm trying to find research on the role of interactions between caregiver and infant via shared gaze/joint attention for the development of executive abilities, including attention and inhibition. My ...
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How do we learn to count syllables?

When I was young, I was told that to count syllables in a word, you could clap them. One clap for each syllable. You would say it aloud like this: cu-shion. I was not taught rules about how to pick ...
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Do we pick partner most similar to opposite-sex parent?

Do we pick partner most similar to opposite-sex parent? Do men pick life partner who is similar to their mother? Does it apply to women too? By similar, I mean mostly character/mental features. I dont ...
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Is gambling hereditary?

I heard that gambling tendencies may be inherited from parents. I am not sure about that so I posted this question. Is that true? Has any researches been done on that?
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Can hate to same gender parent cause homosexualism? [closed]

I know a girl who is (or claims to be) lesbian. I also know that big part of her childhood (12-now years) she hated her mother. Her father left family when she was infant (1-2 years). I dont know what ...
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If someone gets “too much” attention, does it expose his/her to mental illness?

Some psychologist told this on TV few years ago and this came to my mind when I spoke with my friend about personalities of some celebrities. I tried to find some articles or studies about the topic ...
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How are our tastes created? [closed]

Is there a scientific explanation of one's aesthetic preferences? Why do they differ from one person to another? Are they the results of one's culture and social interactions? Any reference would be ...
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Is there a reasonable scientific backing for Carl Jung's type theories?

I have read a lot on how most psychologists reject the Myers Briggs Type Indicator for its lack of scientific backing, but I have yet to find much information on the acceptance of Carl Jung's theories,...
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Chunking and learning vocabulary

Learning vocabulary seems to be efficient if the words are learned in a fixed sequence, but it seems to be harder to recall these words in a different sequence then the learning sequence. I wonder ...
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What is subvocalization good for?

While reading, I tend to subvocalize what I have read. I feel this as disturbing, but as many people do this, there must be a reason why the brain does this. So, what is subvocalization good for?
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Interpretation of results on the studies of “Moral Hypocrisy”

Hello right now I am dealing with the studies of C.Daniel Batson, who provided several studies and experiments to reveal moral hypocrisy. I think that I understand the basic idea of his theory, ...
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How useful are neural circuits in psychology?

We can identify many kinds of patterns of how neurons connect such as lateral inhibition, negative/positive feedback, convergence, divergence, and facilitation. But have any of these circuits been ...
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Scientifically Proven Positive habits hacks

I was wondering if there are scientific proven techniques that help in making long term changes to a person's habit. Self management and motivation.
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Name the bias when one attributes all group successes to the individual they're in contact with the most

This is the fallacy when one assumes that all successful outcomes were most likely thanks to that one individual that they always communicate with, and fail to recognize (consciously or subconsciously)...
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How do mammals estimate the speed of moving objects?

Has there been any research on how mammals predict the speed of moving objects? In particular, how do they integrate top-down information? For instance, do they have greater difficulty estimating the ...
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Can “acceptance” become a Defense Mechanism?

Most of the Defense Mechanisms are unconscious, but for those who know about them and still use then it somehow becomes conscious. They know they are using it, and not do anything about it. For ...
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Changing Voluntary to Involuntary by will

As we all know, certain actions like, blinking of eye breathing all happen involuntarily, and we have the option to control them voluntarily as well(holding breath etc..) when needed. But, once ...
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Imagination limits

I would like to know how true is the following sentence: One can only imagine combinations of things he has experienced through his senses. It is important to state that this sentence is about ...
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Is it possible to increase the capacity of human brain like “Lucy”?

I saw the film "Lucy" in 2015. The film says that humans can use 100% percent of the capacity of their brains. According to my personal ideas, the capacity of the brain will changed based on the ...
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Do psychiatrists have educational requirements other than an MD?

Most pre-medical students take psychology, biology, chemistry or something science-related, in addition to the classes needed as prerequisites for medical school, for their undergraduate degree or ...
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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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Why do we say, “Oh!” when we are surprised?

I have noticed that I and many of my peers tend to say "Oh!" whenever we are surprised or think of an answer to a question. This "Oh!" is not only prevalent in English, but also in Korean and German. ...
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How long should one study daily in order to avoid burnout? [closed]

I googled this quite a lot and it seems that I can't find the answer to the above question. I can find details on what to do to avoid the burnout but nothing specific on how long should one study new ...
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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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The explaination of definition of learning

In Robert Baron's book I found learning to be "any permanent change in behaviour or behavioural potential as a result of experiences. (Bandura,1986).But I got a question that what is meant by- ...
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Are there theories which explain why human beings form and sustain a self-image?

I have always been curious about the concept of a self-image. I used to be very interested in why some people have a positive or negative self-image. Lately I have begun going a bit deeper and I have ...
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Is there an emotional equivalent of Somatoparaphrenia?

I've recently became aware of the Somatoparaphrenia delusion, where a person thinks that a part of their body belongs to someone else. No amount of logic or evidence would persuade that person ...
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Can brainwaves from EEG be used to measure enjoyment of media?

It seems to be very hard to figure out automatically, what content I will enjoy and what content I will not enjoy. Of course, there are methods that require me to sit in front of a computer and press ...
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Do cognitive distortions not exist at all in non-depressed people?

Cognitive distortions like All-or-nothing thinking, Fortune Teller Error; do they exist in non-depressed people with a low ...
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Do yellow colour light have psychological effect on human mind? [closed]

I am fond of white light and I avoid sitting in yellow light (Yellow bulbs or yellow CFL). I found myself feeling lazy and dull in yellow light. Is there some psychological effect of sitting in yellow ...
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Can depression be faked?

Can depression be faked, and for what reason would someone do this? Is there a more accurate way of diagnosing it to tell when someone is just putting it on?
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Is it possible to present/perceive information objectively? [closed]

A recent project has brought an interesting thought to mind. Hopefully this is the correct format to ask this question, as I'm unsure where else I'd receive an educated response. (possibly philosopy? ...
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Why is it that some (yet not all) people may struggle to retain information unrelated to what they are interested in?

It seems to me that some people find it difficult to retain information that is not naturally salient to them. This isn't the case for all people, however. There exist people that will put in the ...
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Are there mental states that make the mind more susceptible to other negative mental states?

I've recently read the following folk parable and am interested if there is any truth to it. It is originally in russian(full version here), so I will translate the gist of it: The devil displays ...
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Does spanking a child teach them that it's ok for another person to touch them against their will?

The debate over whether spanking is an appropriate punishment largely revolves around proponents saying that it creates a more "disciplined" person and opponents saying that it traumatizes the child ...
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Improving observation, attention to detail in mental imagery

Once in a while I remember the whole "use mental imagery to remember things" thing and start looking for information about it (never actually tried to turn it into a habit...). It doesn't take long ...
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Do living beings of different sizes perceive time differently?

Do living beings having different sizes e.g. an ant and an elephant perceive time at different rates? Is the physical time same for all sizes or different for different sizes? Suppose There is a ...
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Math understanding: intuitions and proofs

I think that cogsci can help me to study a problem in philosophy of math. Consider this case (adapted from M. Detlefsen, Brouwerian intuitionism): Lucy has the kind of understanding of a given math ...
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Is it possible for any arbitrary able bodied human to develop exceptional cognitive talent & genius across multiple disciplines?

Can any arbitrary [able bodied] human become a genius across multiple disciplines or at least one discipline assuming that they have some Secondary Eduction in these disciplines? For example, the ...
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Learning to think?

Do we need to learn to 'think' or is it an ability that we are born with? By 'think' I mean neurons firing in a certain way to provide useful information (although since I am not strong in this ...
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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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Why vision cannot count things instantly?

If vision can instantly "see" 30x30 grid, why does the brain often need to count rows and columns for understand there is 30 rows and 30 columns? Why does the brain fail to instantly count?
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Does inhibiting automatic processing requires attention?

It's seems very likely to me that it does, but I haven't found any research that tested this assumption directly.
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Link between certain aspects of basic behavioural traits [closed]

Is there a correlation in certain aspects of human traits,whether it is gene related. People from dominating countries during the early 1800s invading into other nations. For e.g:Portuguese,British ...