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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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Projection of internal working model [closed]

What is it called when one projects his/her internal working model onto the external world (reality). For example, being in love with someone who doesn't know you. This is problematic because of the ...
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Big 5 and the routes to persuasion - Any studies on correlations here?

Reading about the routes to persuasion, it occurred to me that most people appear to be using one of the system above the other. Some people use system 1 much more, some people use system 2 much more. ...
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Exercise vs. Mediation

I have noticed that I feel much more mentally sharp after doing an hour of moderate exercise in the morning. On the contrary, when I meditate, I feel no such difference in my mental alertness. Isn't ...
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How generalization affects self esteem

I am not much familiar with psychological concepts or cognitive science but I do much analyze my thoughts. One thing I suffer is generalization. For example if I receive reward in a situation or be ...
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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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Rogers' incogruence: which selves

I'm trying to understand Carl Rogers' humanistic approach to personality. AFAICT there are three kinds of self images: perceived self: what we believe we are ideal self: what we would like to be ...
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Two types of routines

Can anyone one provide counterexamples to the following: The assumption that all human behavioural level activity (i.e. no sub-personal or subconscious processes) can be bifurcated into two kinds of ...
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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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Does nearing sleep onset distort our conscious imagination?

My imagination is pretty real, when I imagine lifting my hand there, I instantaneously feel it. But I tried to imagine at night on the bed that I am diving in the ocean, and every time I dive 1-2 ...
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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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Is there really a Shiny Object Syndrome?

The term "Shiny Object Syndrome" is used to describe the tendency to start new ideas without thinking them through, especially in business. Does this phrase represent an actual clinical diagnosis? ...
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What's the difference in the consequence of lack of desire and lack of affect?

Let's imagine 4 children. One feels like not being loved by the parents One feels like not being desired by girls Another one feels like not being "enough" One lost the mother. Lack of self ...
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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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Database of IQ Test Questions & Answers

Does anyone know of a pre-existing database of IQ questions & answers? I'd like to develop a web application that incorporates IQ tests, and I'd rather not scrape or invent tests if it can be ...
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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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Research: Tendency to “follow” versus “self-expression”

I am trying to research attitude towards task completion and tendency between "follow" and "self-expression". But, as you can see, I am not hitting to correct keywords to get the results I want. The ...
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Studies on the effects of self-confidence?

Could I have some help me find an online class or an in detail introductory college level book or a set of papers with aggregated synopsis which briefly discusses the physiological and psychological ...
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Metamathematics and cognitive science [duplicate]

What kind of work has been done/can be done to inform metamathematics from cognitive science? Who are some leading researchers and/or important works to read?
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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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What is the difference between Behaviorism and Cognitivism?

Behaviorism vs. Cognitivism. I've been currently reading about the subject and I have trouble finding a definite difference between the two.
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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 to call memories of oneself or life without a personal context? [closed]

Does there exist a known phenomenon where memories of the self and life exist, but lack an emotional/personal context? If so, is this phenomenon at all common, and what is it called?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there other programs like MIRI for mathematics, intelligence and brain enthusiasts?

Are there other programs like MIRI for mathematics, intelligence and brain enthusiasts?
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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.