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Vigilance is an emotion?

I've always loved pondering emotion theories and usually agree with them, but Plutchik describes the intense form of anticipation to be Vigilance, and this is quite confusing to me. Vigilance as ...
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Empirical evidence of claim “some men just want to watch the world burn”

From the few surveys I read, criminals always had a "good-intention" justification eg. redistributing money to poor etal. In other words, they were always looking for something that benefits the world,...
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Is there a term for when a person offers your services at no cost to them? [closed]

Ok so imagine you and a friend (John) are at a party and it is time to leave. John has made another friend there that doesn't have a lift home. John says to them that YOU will give them a lift home. ...
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Can human brain neural circuits understand the concept of “other human beings” and their motives?

I've read that one of the tests of animal intelligence is whether or not the animal recognizes itself in the mirror or can determine that other animals have motives other than it's own (ex: can ...
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An Overview of Priming in Psychology [closed]

I am looking for a comprehensive overview of priming literature in psychology and cognitive science. A survey article or a book would be a great start. More specifically, I am interested to learn ...
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Are animal instincts and preferences based on some brain micro structures?

I'm thinking about the mechanism by which an animal has built in preferences for some visual objects in the real world. The most well known example is the seagull chicks and pecking at a red dot or ...
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Why are people insecure?

Many people, especially teenagers, are insecure about some aspects. They may be insecure about their looks, their (odd) behavior, or may question whether they belong to a group (of friends, colleagues ...
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The art of exploiting people and taking advantage of them [closed]

As one ages he/she will definitely encounter a lot of people who will do their best to make the most out of him/her. Are there any books regarding this ??
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How do you call a study in which subjects were deceived about the real purpose?

Is there any “official” term to describe a study in which subjects were deceived about the real purpose of the research? I am talking about studies that purposefully hide the real research questions ...
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Are social intelligence and emotional intelligence the same thing?

Emotional intelligence and EQ are often used as phrases for social intelligence. Are they really the same? Would social intelligence always imply emotional intelligence and vice versa?
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Is there any study about the impact on the continuous use of predictive keyboard by neurologically and psychologically health individuals?

As there is evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks, I'd like to know if any study has been made regarding predictive keyboards. Given the popularity of predictive ...
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is Lewin's field theory still used in modern psychology? If yes, what are its applications?

I recently stumbled upon Kurt Lewin's field theory. However, not being very familiar with gestalt psychology, I could not assess whether Lewin's theoretical framework is still used today and if yes, ...
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What is a realistic mathematical function to model link decay in a social network?

I'm wondering (as a non-psychologist/cogsci programmer) what would be a good mathematical function to model the decay human relationships, or in other words, how people forget about people they don't ...
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Social loafing vs. Free riding

In different papers I see these terms with very close definitions. Are they different things? If yes, how one can differentiate them?
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Why do we laugh more easily in social situations?

I ate lunch and then played pool with a co-worker after lunch today at our office. We get along quite well and talk often. Yet while socially engaged, instead of professionally, I found myself ...
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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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Why do people want to have children? [closed]

Sooner or later most people will want to have children. What are some of the most common psychological reasons leading people to want to have children? What are their motivations and expectations?
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Official Color-Emotion relations

I'm trying to find colors that trigger different sort of emotions for people. I keep finding different answers for different colors. Ex. Some say blue means friendly and calm. Others say that green ...
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How to deal with a narcissistic parent?

I am a scholar of social psychology and came across something that left me wondering. I've recently read about narcissism and the characteristics of a narcissist. It appears through my research that a ...
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Is it a phenomenon that explicit rules encourage others to find loopholes?

Does the explicitness of rules affect how ardently those affected by the rules attempt to circumvent them? For example, in a game where the rule says "do not communicate", then the players would not ...
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Do ALL decisions arouse cognitive dissonance?

I continue to see an oversimplification in the descriptions of the options available that arouse cognitive dissonance: some websites state that all decisions have positive and negative aspects that ...
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Bragging is bad for your reputation… but there is one exception: What is going on? [closed]

It might be that this question is not suitable for this SE site so feel free to close. Several scientific studies prove what we all kind of know: That bragging is being frowned upon - see e.g. this ...
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Does difficulty of task increase perceived authority?

I'm writing a research paper and I'm wondering if someone can help me out by throwing out a few terms. I'm looking for a theory that talks about how the more difficult a task is, the more ...
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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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Why do people need to use euphemisms and how do they work?

The classic daily use of euphemisms is around genitalia we've all heard them and know what they mean. But for some reason its much easier to call a penis the crown jewels (or many other names) even ...
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Literature with regards to facial attractiveness?

I would like to ask for suggestions of literature regarding the study of facial features, preferably in a context of how they may be considered attractive or not. To clarify, the goal is to try and ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Psycho-social periodization in Europe

What are the periodization by "age group" in the researches of psycho-social scientists in Europe? Who (what ages) by eg. are considered "adolescents" (12 - 17 y?), "adults"(18-???), "seniors" (50?-...
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Official term for the tendency to associate with like-minded people?

I want a term for the tendency of individuals to confirm their existing biases/opinions by seeking out and reinforcing their opinions with like-minded individuals (as far as I know, this is distinct ...
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Is there any research on social responses from showing vulnerable feelings?

At the end of an article on acting strong we can read a claim that showing "softer vulnerable feelings" will trigger other people to care. Are there any scientific studies that support this claim?
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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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Good news or bad news first

Is it true that people handle bad news better if they got told good news first, or do they 'forget' the good news if the bad news is told after? Is it better to save the good news for last so the ...
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Considering romance, would people prefer exclusivity or prosocial attitudes?

I have read earlier that people prefer retailers who scoff at "undeserving" customers rather than treat everyone with respect and pleasantries. Would the same apply in romance? There are plenty of ...
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Which study\studies say that customers prefer exclusivity to pleasantries?

I remember reading about research saying that customers prefer retail stores that feel exclusive, rather than pleasant stores that accept everyone. The conclusion was along the lines that the most ...
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are statistic results of these two questions equal?

I am trying to make better user experience for my poll application and one of ideas I have for this is breaking multi choices poll to binary polls. Is statistical result of a question with these 4 ...
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Reseach: Primitive rules of effective negotiation

I am looking for the research that explores best practices of effective negotiation. For example, two parts hold negotiation over several issues. As one of the parts, I want to know some useful ...
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Can someone who is never speaking of himself and present himself as very altruistic be egocentric / narcissistic?

I've tried to make some searches on egocentrism and its opposite (Allocentrism). The definitions from Wikipedia are: Egocentrism is the inability to differentiate between self and other. More ...
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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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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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Body acceptance: is there a gender bias?

I tried to google for female body self esteem statistic. It seem that on a statistic basis women tend to see themselves as not being enough. I wonder if there are evidence that this problem is ...
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Why are people biased against overweight people?

Several studies have shown that alot of people are biased to underestimate\undervalue overweight people: http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2013/06/06/188891906/the-fat-shaming-professor-a-twitter-...
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Which theories explain that given a choice of hard and easy tasks one would pick the easy one?

Which theories deal with cost benefit analysis? For example, given a binary choice of hard and easy tasks (eg. Picking low hanging fruit, stealing what is not bolted down, cheating on a test, taking a ...
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Denial of evidence and reason [duplicate]

Some people form a belief and become absolutely resistant to any contrary evidence or reasoning. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, these people stick to their beliefs. I'm pretty sure this is ...
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Why being ignored is 'painful' for human beings?

Ignoring someone is a manipulatory technique used at times. Ignoring the attacks of someone else through emotional detachment has a very strong effect on the attacker. Is there a name for this kind ...
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Categorization of Lewin's Work

I'm trying to categorize Kurt Lewin's work, specifically his force field model and his three-step model of change. From what I read, he was strongly influenced by the Gestaltists and he's considered ...
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Identify influencers in a small group

If you are unfamiliar with the theory of influencers, the basic idea is that there are a certain number of people who have the ability to direct the opinions of their group. Is there a general way to ...