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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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What processes underlies confidence ratings in cognitive decision-making?

Many experiments in cognitive psychology and other domains ask for confidence ratings (e.g., on a 0-100 scale, 100 meaning "I'm sure I experienced this stimulus"). What accounts describe how these ...
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Information storage capacity of a neural network?

I seem to remember reading about some equation that states the amount of information that can be held by a neural network with n neurons in it arranged in l layers, or something vaguely like that (n ...
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Why is it that in TV series the major part of the shots don´t last longer than 10 seconds?

While watching TV series (Game of thrones, Death in paradise, New tricks, etc.) I try to count how long one shot was shown before the next shot was shown. The duration of the shots almost never ...
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Is there a difference between the theory of situated cognition and situated action or are they both one in the same?

According to one source, grounded cognition contains situated action, but there's a theory similar to grounded cognition, the theory of situated cognition. What I want to know is that is situated ...
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Can LSD connect sensory regions in the brain?

How is it possible that after using LSD you can hear sounds and see colours? I have my own experience with this phenomenon. When I´m lying totally relaxed in bed and suddenly a door is closed ...
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Are there any cognitive tests, or test suites, available on the Android?

Are there any cognitive tests, or test suites, available on the Android? I'm thinking something like quantified-mind.com but for android. The closest I've been able to find is Brainturk Brain ...
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Is there psychoactive music?

Listen to this music for X minutes to observe Y result. Is there something like that that has been demonstrated to work for general public? The only example of an experiment that is similar that ...
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Do we perceive contrast colour patterns easily because of adaptation?

I can understand that colours are just manipulation of our brain to light rays of different frequencies, amplitude, and wavelength. But we do feel easier to find a pattern on a thing which is of ...
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Has there been any serious research on subliminal messaging?

I certainly don't question the existence of subliminal perception which has been demonstrated many times in priming studies like those of Daniel Schacter and many others, nor do I reject the notion of ...
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Name of the bias where someone really needs something after they find out it exists

I'm looking for the name of the cognitive bias that is expressed in the following story. A fellow coworker was instrumental in getting a 75 gallon fish tank installed in the lobby of the company that ...
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Testing Cognitive ability- question set

I am currently writing my dissertation which will examine the impact of emotion on cognitive ability. I plan to use two test groups to test my hypothesis, one which is primed to feel happy the other ...
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Body Language: Why do we give each other the grumpy/frowning fake smile?

I've recently become aware of this - I kinda knew I was always doing it, but just now it got me self conscious and thinking about it: When crossing paths with a stranger, you are supposed to be ...
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Can a multiple choice test reliably measure decision making speed?

Are there any studies showing that there is a direct connection (or a lack of a connection) between performance on a speeded, written, multiple choice test, and making quick decisions during a ...
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Perfectionism, and approval addiction; how are these two generated from a trauma?

Depression and anxiety most of the time stem from a past trauma, but it is actually not the events, but the thoughts that create the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Out of those thoughts, ...
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Research on supporting a person through a breakup [on hold]

Can anyone point me towards research on the best ways to support a person through a difficult breakup, particularly if one suspects their previous relationship may have been physically, ...
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What does pregnancy dreams mean? [on hold]

I had a weird dream about my boobs being as hard as a morning stiffy oh and for some reason thinking of my fiancee in the same dream made me pregnant and I was still stuck ...
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What's the feeling where you feel weird in places where people in movies get stabbed etc

For example in the matrix, when the little bug crawls through his belly button my belly button feels weird.
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Is it possible to think in a second language?

Those who have learned a second language are guaranteed to consciously think of words and their corresponding meaning in your native language or vice versa. This is common with more "complex" ...
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Does reading a word without mentally vocalizing it inhibit your ability to comprehend?

In speed reading, people are taught to read much faster by avoiding the common habit of mentally vocalizing the words in our heads. Is mental vocalization an unnecessary habit that can be scraped ...
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Where would a cognitively separated person get their brain signals excited from?

I suppose there's nothing wrong about the idea that a cognitively separated person could cognitively function as anybody else. But brain as I understand it always needs a potential from some sense. If ...
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Do dissatisfaction with a job and relationships share the same mental mechanism?

The modern world has two new ways of finding abundance of employment and relationships: Job boards, career sites and recruiters for finding jobs Online dating sites for finding dates While ...
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Are the language and sound centres of the brain in the same area?

I am an English major currently taking a Psycholinguistics module. One of the things we learned is that speech perception is handled differently from non-speech sound perception. Our brain is trained ...
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Can a person be hypnotized to act drunk?

I was wondering if a person could be hypnotized to act drunk? That is, can a person totally lose all his inhibitions while in hypnosis (similar to being drunk)?
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Why people assign blame to deliberate act?

Say we buy stocks. Then stocks either go up or down. Neither is deliberate. No body deliberately buy the wrong stocks. But free market assign full responsibility. However, if someone accidentally ...
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Spontaneous emotional bonding in traumatic events [closed]

First off, I know next to nothing about cognitive sciences, but I experienced something today that got me curious. So please forgive me for maybe not being able to express my questions adequately. ...
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What happens to a persons frontal lobe when mastering a foreign language?

When mastering a foreign language, what happens to a persons frontal lobe? In the cognition class I took as an undergraduate, I distinctly remember learning about how the brain processes and learns ...
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People's subjective tendency: Is there a mathematical model?

In our everyday life, people always intentionally or unintentionally value some objects. However, some tend to overvalue the value of objects, while others tend to undervalue them. For some the ...
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Do people act based on what they believe or based on “reality”? [on hold]

And in what sense? If I look at evolutionary psychology, I think people act based on reality. Should anyone fail to recognize that females are sex objects, for example, they will go extinct. That is ...
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Is there a psychological reason about why people makes dualities out of lots of choices?

This one was annoying me lots of times and never got a satisfying explanation. We have in mind many dualities, or dichotomies -if the term could apply here- which are somewhat dummy but present: ...
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How can a persons good or bad be accurately measured?

The majority of people who think certain people are bad people are usually because they have been exposed to the bad things they do or also because they measure how bad they are based on only the bad ...
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The limits of fear: Could one really survive an encounter with the Alien? [on hold]

Please help me out in my effort to better understand the emotion of extreme fear. I will use the example of Ridley Scott’s film “Alien” featuring H.R. Giger’s Xenomorph preying on the crew of the ...
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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 ...
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Why are there ads inside trams which ask me to use the tram?

When I sit in my local tram/bus/any public transport, I notice ads which ask me to use the transport system which I do currently use. Seriously, I'm already using it at that time. Why placing ads for ...
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Is there a technical term for someone being burnt out on something they enjoy?

What I mean is like how one might tire of a typical everyday activity they enjoy if they indulge in it too much, like how if you listen to your favorite album too many times you eventually won't be ...
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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 ...
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'Always Give a Reason Why' - How to describe this subject area?

I summarise http://rayedwards.com/always-give-a-reason-why/: In Dr. Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence, he cites a research study showing that simply adding the word “because” to a request ...
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Cognitive impairment in long term prisoners

Are there any studies on the effects of long term imprisonment on cognitive abilities? I'm looking for something which focuses on cognitive impairment rather than other psychological issues.
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The prisoner dilemma does not violate classical probability laws

To read before (following some answers or comments) My background: As a mathematician, probability theory is my field of research; please do not answer/comment just to refer to a course on ...
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What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?

There are many theories/disciplines that have been categorized as pseudoscience in the scientific community. The list includes many things that are regularly even quoted in media like graphology, ...
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Where can I find a real, reliable, iq test that someone could take multiple times?

I'm trying to find a real, reliable, accurate IQ test, that someone could take multiple times (so maybe has randomized questions?). It is for a study involving IQ and video games.
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Do people with brighter smiles feel brighter? [closed]

People's facial shape when smiling are different. Some are bright, some looks like there's a bit embarrassment, others may be with a twist, even if they are all smiling from true happiness. These ...
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What does the statement mean “50% of happiness is determined by genetics”?

I posted the question "Is 50% of a happiness determined by genetics?" on Skeptics but realize I don't fully understand the claim. What does it mean that 50% of happiness is determined by genetics? ...
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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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What are the psychological differences in camelCase and underscore_case programming conventions?

In computer programming, spaces are often forbidden in the declaration of variable names, so programmers have created alternate methods of identifying word boundaries in variable names: camel case and ...
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How do I get calculate D1 and d1 in a multinomial processing tree model?

I've just been reading this paper and I am currently conducting an experiment for my undergraduate thesis. The experiment involves reality monitoring source memory judgments and I therefore want to ...
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What's this cognitive bias that relates to misremembering exact stimuli?

Say a participant is shown a reference stimulus of white colour. Afterwards, they are shown a number of test stimuli that range from yellow to blue like this (yellow -> less_yellow -> whitish -> white ...
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What's the opposite of major depressive disorder?

Bipolar disorder, BD, involves manic episodes and depressive episodes. If someone has a depressive episode, that person may have major depressive disorder, MDD or BD. If someone has a manic episode, ...
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Is there a scientific opinion about the connection between Asperger Syndrome and AD(H)D?

I have Aspergers and ADD. When I read autobiographies (most of all by female aspergers) I often think that they have actually at least a mild form of ADD or ADHD, too. A German doctor (Dr. Helga ...
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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 ...