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What's the difference between injunctive norms and descriptive norms?

I can't seem to understand the difference. From wikipedia Injunctive norms involve perceptions of which behaviors are typically approved or disapproved They assist an individual in determining ...
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Do women talk more than men?

If you believe the stereotype, women are much more talkative then men. Is there a kernel of truth to this stereotype? I have seen media reports of studies trying to debunk this as a myth. However, ...
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How can I prime aversion to conflict?

I'm looking for a way to prime subjects in an experiment to dislike exposure to conflict (arguments, anger between people, incivility, etc.). Does anyone know of a good method for this?
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Is there a downside to using more than the typical 20/40 trials in an IAT?

Most resources mention using 20 'practice' trials categorizing both targets and attributes, followed by 40 'real' trials categorizing both targets and attributes. Note that this is after practicing ...
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Do nice guys finish last?

I read a recent article, suggesting that the nicest guys in a society are selected last by females. The article continues to identify the cause as a lack of aggressive nature and ...
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Dissociative Identity Disorder - Is Stalking Common with this Issue?

A person I knew in the late 90's was diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder, during the Satanic ritual abuse pandemic. Later on their particular diagnosis evolved to Dissociative Identity ...
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Why do people avoid taking the last “donut”?

In many contexts (family, colleagues, etc), say there is a box of donuts for people to take (or any kind of treat or snack). A lot of the times we can observe that there will be only one left and ...
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So why might people post seemingly excessive concerns regarding the danger in their neighbourhood?

Background: The reason for this post is that I have noticed that many people have a desire to make that which is pretty safe seem dangerous. It is very perplexing to me. Despite holding a master's ...
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Brainwave audio recordings and beta waves: how do they affect positivity?

I know a little bit about negative and positive energies of human bodies and how it all works. Recently, on Facebook, I saw an ad promoting some sort of audio recording and that it has something to do ...
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What are the effects of the “blue eyes/brown eyes” racism exercise?

In the "blue eyes/brown eyes" exercise created by Jane Elliot in the 1960s, she divided a group of schoolchildren by eye color and characterized one of them (e.g., the blue eyed group) as an inferior ...
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How strongly are creative ideas influenced by our environment?

Background : I was recently reminded of an abandoned project of mine that is related to railways and "green energy," so I started doing some Internet searches to see if there are any similar projects ...
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Does Heritability Define the Person in Terms of the Population?

I recently read a statement that goes like this: heritability is a population construct. Isn't heritability dependent on genetic differences? Can someone provide an example of what it means to be a ...
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What is the relationships between psychological entitlement and locus of control or other personal characteristics?

I'm studying psychology and I have the assignment to write an experimental study I'm still collecting the scientific information on the topic so I would really appreciate some help. I'm interested to ...
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How do authority and power relate?

Source: Out of Office: John Lutz, By Laura Osborne, Aug 31 2012 3. My leadership style Authority isn’t based on power. It’s not something you have; it’s what you are. I'm unversed in ...
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Central and peripheral route dilemma

Pretend a woman watching tv and she is moved by the speaker's credibility and his ability to speak at length on the new product. She also notes that he is attractive. So in this case she is likely ...
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Impact of the first love experience

When we become adults, we think that love is for adults only associating it with sexual relations but I'm sure that all of us have loved or have had some admiration for the daughter of the ...
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Body Language: Why do we act differently around someone we're attracted to?

Many professionals have said that when you're attracted to someone, you tend to fidget, run your hands through your hair, sit with your legs facing them, and that our faces light up around them, which ...
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How to quantitatively measure strength of friendship using observable factors?

Is there any quantitative measure associated with the strength of a friendship or relationship? Ideally it should be able to be calculated based on observable factors, but should not require ...
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How can I measure aggressive behavior in an online study?

Can you point me to a reliable and valid measure of aggressive behavior that might be used in an online study? Do you know published studies in which this was done? With aggressive behavior I mean ...
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Are you more successful if you publicly commit to pursuing a difficult goal?

If you have an ambitious goal, does it help to publicly commit to that goal? (I am training for my first long distance triathlon, for example. This is pretty hard and I don't know whether I will be ...
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Name this partner selection experiment

A group of students is given playing cards to put on their head. They do not know the value of their card but can see the value of others. The goal of each student is to partner with the highest ...
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Is Denial or “Ego Defence Mechanism” inherent in all minds?

In Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno, one of the characters proclaims that denial is present in all human minds. Meaning, the brain just erases all conceivable threats that it can't handle or finds ...
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Can I use other softwares than Linger to run a self-paced reading task

I want to run an SPR experiment where participants will read sentences at their own pace. My problem lies in the fact of using 2 different languages English and Arabic at the same time. I tried it ...
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Food sharing and mutual aid among the homeless

Since the time of Peter Kropotkin, it's been observed and theorized that cooperation and mutual aid are more common in austere environments. A classic biological example would be slime mold ...
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Psychology: Grafitti/Grafitti Vandal(s)

What's the psychology behind grafittit? What mentality do graffiti vandals have?
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Is there a term to describe the tendency to attribute the cause of a bad outcome to a recent event?

I've noticed that when something goes wrong, people have a tendency or a bias to associate its cause with a recent event. The following may not be a great example but here goes. Imagine a game of ...
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What psychological or sociological concepts form the basis of Principled Negotiation?

Although the various forwards mention that organizational behavior and social psychology are two of the fields that form the basis for the techniques taught at Harvard Law School's Negotiation and ...
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What is the evolutionary purpose of envy?

I am seeking for a general explanation within the context of evolutionary psychology. 1) What is the purpose of envy? 2) Is it safe to assume that experiences with envy should reach a maximum ...
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Is it possible to become totally envy free?

Can we develop a particular mind set for being totally envy free; to stop envying others?
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Why people ask questions without researching first? [closed]

I am interested in a way we can test, probably using internet audience, what drives people away from googling first, towards googling first, what qualities of online forums/communities and live people ...
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The belief becoming the self [closed]

Is there a terminology or specific topic that explains the behaviour or phenomenon expressed in the following quote? The greatest anomaly of belief is that it is so powerful it takes over the ...
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How do laypeople form a judgement that another person is smart or intelligent?

I am curious: When do we label a person as being 'intelligent', 'smart' or 'clever'? This is subjective, and it seems unlikely that it is possible to reach a bulletproof definition. A high IQ has been ...
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Aggressive Behaviour Detection from Social Media [closed]

I am Computer Science Graduate student and I am planning on a project to analyze social media for aggressive behavior identification. Actually I try to understand the psyche of the users based on ...
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How to engage in the conceptualization process to measure a psychological construct such as femininity?

I am in class for Research Methods and I am having troubles with a conceptualizations process. The question is to describe the conceptualization process you would employ to measure femininity. How ...
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What is the bias/thought process that results in distrust of “formal” knowledge in favor of “folk” knowledge?

An interesting effect I've noticed is that certain groups of people seem to accept "folk knowledge" and value it over significantly better founded "formal" or scientific knowledge. In particular this ...
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What happens psychologically to a Robinson Crusoe?

In 2000 film Cast Away Tom Hanks's hero is stranded on an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe style, and after a while starts talking to a volleyball. And I thought: what would actually happen to a ...
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Have there been any recent replications of the Hofling hospital experiment?

In the original Hofling hospital experiment (1966): A person would telephone a nurse, saying that he was a doctor and giving a fictitious name, asking the nurse to administer 20 mg of a ...
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What causes impostor syndrome?

I couldn't find any valid information on what causes impostor syndrome. Are there any studies of it?
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Why do battered persons love their partners?

Many persons who have been beaten by their partner, no matter how violently, claims that they do not want to leave their abusive partner because they still love them. A common phrase is: "I love ...
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Are there cultures in which leadership/hierarchy does not exist?

Unproven statement: Human cultures depend on the concept of leadership/hierarchy. All the cultures I've seen until now depend on this concept. But I may be mistaked: It might be possible that my ...
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Do lonely people get addicted more easily than social counterparts?

So called "Rat Park" study conducted in the late 1970s indicated that lonely rats get drug addicted more easily than social ones. Does anyone know if there are more recent studies about the topic? ...
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Success cause passion more than passion cause success

What are the good psychology studies about this hypothesis ? From an evolutionary standpoint, it would makes sense on a group level. When a few people starts doing a new thing, if one a them sees ...
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How do patients with Cotard's Syndrome rationalize environmental interactions?

A patient with Cotard's Syndrome (also called "Cotard delusion" and "Walking Corpse Syndrome") has the delusion that he or she is dead (and sometimes immortal), either figuratively or literally, yet ...
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Does eye contact improve attention and learning?

I remember having read a article in The Economist's Science and Technology section that presented evidence to the effect that attention and learning benefits from some forms of eye contact. If I am ...
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Is art therapy really effective?

I read the whole Wikipedia article. But I still have doubts. Is art therapy effective? If so, in which ways has it been studied?
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Can information theory be applied to human interactions and communication?

I am not sure if this question is better suited for the computational science SE. I learned a bit of Shannon's information theory in a course I took last year. In the class it was defined as the ...
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Research on gift structure and satisfaction: one large gift or two small ones?

I'm familiar with some research into the subject of gift giving, for example Dan Ariely suggests that giving cash is less effective than buying somebody something. Other studies show that money spent ...
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Where to find a study on women and selfies?

I have recently read the following Yahoo article: Guys, this is why you should never post too many selfies on social media. This article describes a study that correlates selfies taken by men and ...
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Evolutionary game theory in the cognitive sciences

Game theory models something very relevant to psychologists (in particular social psychologists): conflict and cooperation between decision-makers. Unfortunately, classical game theory demands that ...