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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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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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Do Kahneman–Tversky results hold for longer periods and aggregate behavior?

Kahneman and Tversky (1979) show findings that can be summarized in this plot: They show that humans dislike losses "more" than they like comparable nominal gains. The results come from a series of ...
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Are job roles wrongly downplayed based on the perception of who is performing them?

This could apply to any number of roles, but the one I had in mind was "secretary." In say, the Middle Ages, a secretary was always a man, and handled the correspondence, (and much of the other ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Understanding the difference between empathy and need for social contact in this article on empathetic voles

So I saw this interesting article titled, “Consoling Voles Hint at Animal Empathy.” The basic idea stated is if voles have a relationship, and are then separated and one of the voles sees the other ...
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Intrapersonal drawbacks of landscaped open spaces

Preparing a dissertation, I would be interested in finding studies/articles concerning work conditions in open space offices. Regarding what is expected and advocated by the benefits, I would ...
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What Ethical and Legal Provisions Release One from “Mandatory Reporting”?

Question What provisions exist that can be applied to provide assurance to a client or patient that they can talk, "off the record", "without repercussions", and that nothing will be documented? ...
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Can good life experiences make for great life achievements?

I've been reading up on Kurt Cobain's life story and his achievements, and these observations/questions came to mind. There are plenty of examples of people with unhappy childhoods or life in general ...
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Searching for a gender stereotype questionnaire

Reviewing the literature there are certainly several inventories to measure gender stereotype values as, for example, the Adjective Check List (ACL; Williams & Bennett, 1975), the Sex-Role ...
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Is the brain inherently social?

The concept of the "social brain" is thrown around a lot, but it's not entirely clear to me what it means. To me, it could mean a few different things: Modularity: We have some sort of modular, ...
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Academic Background for Switchtracking Phenomenon

In one recent episode of Hidden Brain podcast, they talk about a pattern in conversation called "Switchtracking". It references to the the "Thanks for the Feedback" book by Douglas Stone and Sheila ...
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Could hysteria make people develop true symptoms of some disease without actually being sick of that disease?

There is an episode in Dr. House series in which there is a passager on board of an airplane and he starts to contract some symptoms and Cuddy tells him that it's meningococcal disease. Later in the ...
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Gratitude and Affection

If a person X has gratitude towards person Y, will that cause bias of affection for X towards Y ? Can there be a case that X tend to be more affectionate to a person Z to whom X has less gratitude ...
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What is the evidence for linguistic determinism?

Lately, I have been pondering whether the idea of linguistic determinism has empirical support. Background: I know a couple languages, and I am proficient in 2 of them. So sometimes if I need to ...
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“All lay loads on a willing horse”

Is there any research on an effect described in the proverb in the title, i.e. when people who work well are requested to work even more, while weak workers are usually left without attention?
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Can observing a composite photo of one's own face have an impact on own personality?

A while back I created an iPhone app that helps me create a composite like the one below. Can observing such a composite have an impact of attributing the qualities perceived in the composite to ...
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Caring about someone

How do psychologists and people in general define the expression "caring about someone". I am looking for a formal, dictionary, or agreed upon definition.
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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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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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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" ...
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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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How is society capping/influencing our sexuality? (bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, polygamy, monogamy…)

How is society capping/influencing our sexuality? (bisexual, heterosexual, homosexual, polygamy, monogamy...) To go a bit beyond, are we sexually "free" and our thoughts and hostility towards pretty ...
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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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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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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 ...
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humans are naturally slightly fanatic - but what causes extreme fanatisism? Are there studies in that direction?

according to Daniel Kahneman's "thinking. fast, and slow." (if my memory is correct) humans generally believe new informations that support their own belief more than informations that are contrary. ...
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Social Psychological Factors in Non-monogamist/open relationships/polyamorous relationships

As the title states, I am trying to get my feet wet in the realm of social psychological factors in relation to consensual non-monogamy and polyamory. I am finding plenty sociological, and ...
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Where to find Social Problem-Solving Inventory–Revised Items List

I am doing my research in CBT and want to take some scoring. So I need to get SPSI-R complete kit, that will help me proceed my ...