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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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Why don't we get regular checkups for mental health, as in physical health?

It's standard practice to get a checkup from your primary care doctor once a year. Why is this not so for a mental health professional? Is your primary supposed to catch possible mental and emotional ...
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How can SPA be used to capture dynamical systems?

Most uses of SPA I've seen seem to be representing static systems, such as recognizing digits, categorizing images, rapid variable creation and planning a path for writing those digits back out. Can ...
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Most biologically plausible model of categorization

Categorization in cognitive psychology has had a lot of research and theories thrown at it. However, what is the most biologically plausible cognitive model of categorization? By biologically ...
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How else can we eliminate wrong underlying beliefs, when even science fails?

Source: Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?, 2015 March, by Joel Achenbach [Andrew] Shtulman [of Occidental College] ’s research indicates that as we become scientifically literate, we ...
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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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Is it possible to block out reality completely?

Is it possible for an individual to block out all reality and see objects, colors and hear voices and sounds that are non-existent non-stop?
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Is volition a reality or an illusion?

Keeping religious sentiments aside, here is a question raised on the Buddhism SE that attempts to answer a similar question from the Buddhist point of view. You see, Buddhism has a concept of anatman ...
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How did the concepts of left and right direction develop in the human mind?

I hope this is the correct forum to ask; if not, please migrate to a better place. How did humans came to agree on a distinction between the directions "right" and "left"? I could think of two ...
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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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Does listening to music precludes fMRI tought recognition?

Imagine an experience which the target is to read the thought in words from fMRI heatmaps. Does listening to music prevents the recognition of words derived from thought? In other words I'm asking if ...
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What are the long-term effects on the brain of an anti-psychotic like paliperidone?

Paliperidone, brand name Invega or Xeplion in Europe, seems to be new. But I'm not convinced, with the lack of extensive tests on this drug that it's less bad and "decerebrating" than older ...
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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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information processing tool [on hold]

I have to design a tool to measure the information processing ability of the students, between the age group 13-16. It should be a paper-pencil test.How I can prepare it? What are the different ...
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Can serotonin levels be altered with mere mental fortitude?

Most people get "depressed" every now and then - nothing serious, but people sometimes feel down. I am wondering if positive self-affirmation can physically increase serotonin levels in your brain, ...
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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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Sleep deprivation and task performance

Can some one please confirm the below points, Case: In case of a adult, the average adult sleep time required is 7.5 to 8 hours , Say if the person(aged between 23-29) has a sleep only for 6 hours or ...
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Basic brain anatomy question?

I am trying to learn the anatomy of the brain and am getting rather confused. When it comes to the brain stem, I have seen some sources say that it consists of the midbrain (mesencephalon) and ...
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Universal Mind? Nature or Nurture?

I have been reading a book entitled "The Geography of Thought" by Richard Nisbett. He talks about how easterners and westerners think differently. I am not all the way through it, but I agree with a ...
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What causes someone to frequently see particular patterns of digits when they look at a clock?

Over the past few years when I randomly choose to look at a clock I typically see particular patterns of times. The main pattern is repeating digits (e.g., 04:04; 11:11; 16:16). This occurs on ...
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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 was the first area of the brain to be associated with a specific function?

I have read on this website that broca's area was the first area of the brain to be associated with a specific function, in that case language. But I couldn't find any other source for statement so I ...
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What's the explanation of this optical illusion where many coloured arcs radiate from a central point?

I saw the image below on facebook. At first, I thought it's a GIF animation since it doesn't appear static but it turned out to be a static JPEG image and the apparent motion is caused by the brain. ...
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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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Does 3rd person reference to self change perception of self?

If you refer to yourself in the third person for a day how does your understanding of self change? For example are you more inclined to consider your actions and motivations from and external ...
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Why superimposing PET data on MRI scan images instead of doing fMRI scans?

I'm currently reading this paper: Savic & Lindström (2008). PET and MRI show differences in cerebral asymmetry and functional connectivity between homo- and heterosexual subjects. It certainly ...
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A good place to start learning Behaviorism for a Newbie?

I've developed an interest in Behavioral Psychology. I don't have any background and I'm not taking any Psychology course or anything. I just want to learn. I was wondering if there's a good ...
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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 an acquired taste?

Some foods are delicious. People love eating them, and the experience has a positive reinforcement. Thus, people will eat the food again. Some foods are instead "challenging", at least initially. For ...
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What is the scientific support for Einstein's claim about the negative effects of reading too much?

Einstein once said: Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of ...
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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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What color is this dress? — And why do some see it as white and gold and others see it as black and blue?

Here's the dress (and keep reading, this is actually a serious question): This question about this image has apparently become quite a rapidly spreading meme on the internet. And after conducting ...
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What are the pros and cons of the hot sauce paradigm to measure aggression?

The hot sauce paradigm is a way to measure aggressive behavior in the lab. Participants are asked to give a portion of hot sauce to another person (who they know hates hot sauce) and who will have to ...
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Is meaning-seeking behavior a biological optimization problem?

In short, I'm interested in cognitive, neuroscientific, biological and/or computational perspectives on what we vaguely refer to as meaning seeking. Of course, this is a large topic, but any ...
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Is there a database of disgusting images for stimuli for experimental study of disgust?

I'm looking for a set of images that evoke a disgust reaction. In particular, I'm looking for disgusting objects (e.g. feces, maggots). Is there a database of images like this? It would be especially ...
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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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What are the criteria to diagnose bipolar disorder? [closed]

I believe that bipolar disorder is a very subjective term to the point that is not tracked in some countries as a real disease, and it is only known or discussed at the theoretical level among ...
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Do introverts engage in too much self-control or do they lack impulsivity?

Regardless of whether people are extraverts or introverts, if they are asked to act in an extraverted way, this improves their mood (for example Zelenski and others 2012). My question is concerns the ...
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Memory - Remembering a Source

So I study information systems technology, networking, programming, system security as my main focuses on school with a lot of reading material and a ton of independent research. My major problem is ...
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Is “not caring about what other people think” a sign of mental illness? [on hold]

From a young age, I've never understood the concept of embarrassment or shame. People base their entire lives on the opinions of strangers but I want to know why? I don't get it. Eg when choosing ...
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Is desire for certain food related to nutritional need for that food?

It appears that from time to time, everybody occurs to have a strong desire for some kind of food. People also are attracted to kinds of food they didn't have in a long while (not so attracted to ones ...
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What's the difference between repetition suppression and habituation?

Repetition suppression seems to be describing habituation on a neuronal level. What's the difference between these two terms?
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How to measure precision in classical test theory framework?

What methods or approaches exist or might be developed to measure precision of measurement in a classical test theory framework? (The 2014 "APA" Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing ...
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What are some good references for preprocessing and analysis of the P300 response from EEG data in Python?

I have just started to work on problems in neuroscience on my own. I sought to analyze the P300 response from EEG data because I was trying to understand a Kaggle.com challenge that used it. I found ...
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How does excess of dopamine affect one's mental health?

If a person takes dopamine increasing medication for some illness, what effect will it have on his/her mental health considering that medication doesn't target just one area of the brain ? In ...
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Can one become addicted to learning?

Is it possibly to become addicted to learning? What drives this addiction and how can it be controlled? Note: I'm not sure this is the right exchange for this question... Its the best fit as far as ...
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How generalization affects self esteem

I would like to know the affects of generalization. I am not much familiar with cognitive science terminology. by generalization I mean to generalize the consequences of one situation to other ...
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How many hours of speech do kids hear before learning a language?

I'd like some estimates of how many hours of English speech kids typically are exposed to before reaching various levels of mastery. I realize this is a very fuzzy question, but I'm sure ballpark ...
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How can depression and fear be effectively managed in people who know they will die soon?

Are there any efficient ways to overcome the fear and depression before death (supposing you know you are going to die soon) ?
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How is the biological accuracy of ANNs typically measured?

I am referring to the computational neuroscience side of neural network research that focuses on biological accuracy. I've read references to improving biological realism (using say spiking neurons ...

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