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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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Psychology: Grafitti/Grafitti Vandal(s)

What's the psychology behind grafittit? What mentality do graffiti vandals have?
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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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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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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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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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What are the criteria to diagnose bipolar disorder? [on hold]

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?

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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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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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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Why people ask questions without researching first?

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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Do ADHD drugs harm the brain?

Particularly, the amphetamine "vyvanse". If one was to take a 30mg dose once a day for 50+ years, would it damage brain function at all? Would the brain simply get used to the drug and become 100% ...
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The belief becoming the self

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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Long term effects of using modafinil on cognition

What are the Long term effects of using stimulant like modafinil on cognition abilty?
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Can stress be sustained without reflective thought processes

My question is whether the feeling of stress goes away progressively in the absence of reflective thought. Example: you notice someone looking at you and think "maybe I have something on my face". ...
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What are most popular statistical tools used by cognitive scientists examining WM?

I mean, mainly, by cognitive psychologists. I skimmed over a few articles from Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and Trends in Cognitive Science and concluded that ANOVAs and t-tests are mostly used, ...
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Why do men have greater variance than women in mental test scores?

Hedges and Nowell (1995) write that Sex differences in central tendency, variability, and numbers of high scores on mental tests have been extensively studied. Research has not always seemed ...
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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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How can you forgive (and not only forget) evildoers without any remorse?

Given the mental and physical health benefits of forgiveness, how is it usually approached in psychological treatment? Despite hours of reading, I still don't understand, and can't even pinpoint why ...
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Why clothes' color is different than it appeared in stores?

This is my first time askin on Cog Sci board, not sure this is a right place to ask but I think it's something relates to Psychology and Cognitive Science. So yesterday I bought a shirt that looked ...
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EEG data acquisition speed

I`m collecting EEG data from electrodes with ~ 1750 reading / minute, so is this acceptable? or it's seems to mis a lot of data? or it's depened on the feild I work on?
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Online References \ Books reccomendations

I have goggled up but i couldnot find relevant material for topics .Topics are as following Stress -Concept .Types- Physical,Psychological,Social ,Stress management with special reference to ...
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Is the consciousness currently in oneself the same as the consciousness that used to be or in the future will be in oneself?

People seem to believe that one's consciousness is a "different" consciousness than that of others, but the "same" consciousness as the one that has been in one's body in the past and the one that ...
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Have different mental strengths evolved in men and women?

I think that men and women are different mentally (but nonetheless equals), however this way of thinking is very hard for me to explain philosophically, so I'd like to learn about what roots this ...
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Aggressive Behaviour Detection from Social Media

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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Are there any studies (fMRI scans, etc) showing why some people (supposedly) are more open to hypnotism?

In this article published in Harper's magazine back in 1996, journalist David Foster Wallace described his experience with hypnotist Nigel Ellery (see the last section of the article, titled "THE ...
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Why have historically most inventors been men?

I noticed something strange when I looked at about.com's list of famous historical inventors. You can see that most of the inventors are men, and only a few are women. Can this be explained by ...
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Can intuitions about another person's feelings be caused by brain messages from that person? [closed]

For last two weeks I have been going through some emotional instability after a relationship breakup. It has been three weeks now since my break up and I have tried almost each and every thing to move ...
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Why are dreams about failing exams so common?

Why so many people have a dream in which they are just about to take a mandatory school exam and they're totally unprepared, or they've missed it because show up in the wrong day, or the exam is on ...
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Reconciling one-dimensional valence with distinct mechanisms for reward/punishment

It is a widespread notion in psychology that there are two dimensions to emotion: valence (aversiveness or attractiveness of some entity) and intensity. However, recent experimental studies in ...
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Open source software for running Internet psychological experiments that collect reaction time data

I've often used Inquisit to run psychological experiments online. The software enables delivery of stimuli (e.g., text, images, etc.) and collection of reaction times. Obviously general purpose ...
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How does the brain know whether or not it comprehends a novel concept?

There seem to be at least two kinds of confusion regarding novel concepts. In one, the brain simply can't form an abstract model from whatever information is being presented. It's where you can't ...
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Short term memory and an effective learning strategy

What is the most efficient method learning multiple academic topics in parallel with each other. I propose, for a small number of different things (say 4), the best method is to cycle the topics, over ...
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What rules are tested during the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task?

I was reading about the Wisonsin Card Sorting Test and although I understand the concept, I'm not clear on what rules are usually tested. Does it always vary between associations between shape, colour ...
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Cause and cure of silly behavior in children

What can be some of the causes/reasons that a child (in the 7-year-old range) to speak in a silly voice and in a silly way, more than an average child? I don't know how to be more specific by silly ...

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