# All Questions

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### Why are Children always so interested in adults?

I work as a kindergarten teacher, and it's always fascinating to me that children are so quick to be affectionate and take interest in what their teacher is doing. Is there an evolutionary reason for ...
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### Book title ideas wanted for a book about Boy who has depression [on hold]

Hello I am trying to write about a boy who has clinical depression and who has a lot of social anxioty. He then goes on this incredible journey to find out who he really is. I cannot come up with a ...
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### Group differences reflecting different use of a rating scale vs actual difference in perception

I was reading a paper that reports average ratings of chords by two different groups of subjects (trained musicians, and non-musicians). The paper makes the argument that "These group differences ...
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### Psychology of the mind and of he body and how it can effect a person [on hold]

So I am writing this paper on how therapy can effect the human mind and how it can help people cope with their feelings. What do you think the effect is of psychotherapy on a person with ...
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### Can reading a non-fiction book with great curiosity account to taking a break?

In our day to day life, especially at work(in Office say a software company), due to the nature of work, it requires a lot of attention and deep involvement in the system/code. It is popular belief ...
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### What transient factors affect performance on IQ tests?

While performance on intelligence tests aim to measure an underlying relatively stable trait, there are presumably a range of transient factors that could temporarily lower or possibly even raise ...
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### Cognitive Models of learning Working Memory usage

Recently in deep learning, there's been a surge in learning how to use memories as part of the optimisation process (i.e. LSTM's and Stacks). However, these aren't really analogous to how a cognitive ...
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### Cognitive impairment in long term prisoners

Are there any studies on the effects of long term imprisonment on cognitive abilities? I'm looking for something which focuses on cognitive impairment rather than other psychological issues.
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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 there a name for people who don't listen and talk a lot [on hold]

Is there a word representing people who talk a lot about what they like and don't listen a lot or use what you are saying in the conversation? I'm also looking for documentation on this problem and ...
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### What does the death of a fictional character mean?

When a fictional character is killed, no one dies -- and the readers and viewers know this, no matter how much they identify with the story. So what does this narrative device actually mean? Is there ...
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### Is there a strong correlation of cognitive development and Religious thinking?

Considering the range of religious systems such as polytheism (ancient Greek, Hindu), monotheism, pantheism, non-theistic practice (Buddhist) and non-worship overall, and the range of cognitive ...
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### Why compare a target group to a control group when population norms are available?

I am reading now many studies about juvenile offending and delinquency, and there are always compared offenders´ results from different tests (for example personality, IQ) with control group. I am ...
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### Would Artificial Super-Intelligence From Science Fiction “Speed Up” The Brain and Wear it Out Faster Leading to Earlier Death?

In stories such as Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, the main character, Charlie Gordon, receives an operation on his brain that triples his intelligence. Could something like this be achieved if ...
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### The prisoner dilemma does not violate classical probability laws

To read before (following some answers or comments) My background: As a mathematician, probability theory is my field of research; please do not answer/comment just to refer to a course on ...
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### Technical term for the displaying of 'bad' traits to seem more likeable

What is the technical name for the public display of personal traits that are unproductive or unhealthy as an attempt to make oneself seem more likeable or relatable? (e.g procrastination)
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### Should I learn the day before an exam if I am already confident enough?

I am confident of my knowledge because I’ve studied and practiced long enough. Tomorrow is the exam. Which is better of the following, given I have the time to practice even more. I would have a good ...
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### Are there any pain scales which measure how much of the body is in pain?

Are there any pain scales which talk about the extent of pain, i.e. how much of the body is in pain? I'm in the process of trying to work out whether several lesions, hurt with the same intensity as ...
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### What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?

There are many theories/disciplines that have been categorized as pseudoscience in the scientific community. The list includes many things that are regularly even quoted in media like graphology, ...
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### Where can I find a real, reliable, iq test that someone could take multiple times?

I'm trying to find a real, reliable, accurate IQ test, that someone could take multiple times (so maybe has randomized questions?). It is for a study involving IQ and video games.
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### Is it possible to think of something that doesn't contain anything exists?

Is it possible to think of something that does not contain anything that already exists? If not, why? Examples. Flying alligators are animals. Flying straws are straws. Is it possible for our ...
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### LSD and the brain

How is it possible that after using LSD you can hear sounds and see colours? I have my own experience with this phenomenon. When I´m lying totally relaxed in bed and suddenly a door is closed ...
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### Can neuron change from excitatory to inhibitory (end vice versa) over time?

According to this answer a neuron can release only specific type of neurotransmitters at the time, however, could it change over time? For example a neuron that now releases only inhibitory ...
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### Where is motor skill function located within the brain?

Does the neural activity that correlates with motor skill function tend to be focused near or far from the outer surface of the brain, or both? And what about perception? My deeper curiosity being: ...
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### Are there any reliable studies about colors and emotions?

It is rather common knowledge that black and yellow indicate danger, blue trust, green and red appetite, warm colors warmth, and cool colors cold. Please, recommend me any studies or literature about ...
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### Do people with brighter smiles feel brighter? [on hold]

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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### Voltage sensitive dyes technique: What is the underlying measure?

I just discovered voltage sensitive dyes technique: I have seen that figures are labelled with dF/F0, what does it stands for?
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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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### What does the statement mean “50% of happiness is determined by genetics”?

I posted the question "Is 50% of a happiness determined by genetics?" on Skeptics but realize I don't fully understand the claim. What does it mean that 50% of happiness is determined by genetics? ...
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### Learning to think?

Do we need to learn to 'think' or is it an ability that we are born with? By 'think' I mean neurons firing in a certain way to provide useful information (although since I am not strong in this ...
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### Irrational person feels attacked [on hold]

How does a rational person avoid conflict with an irrational person that feels attacked each time the rational person is about to present a rational argument contradicting what is being said? Assume ...
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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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### what are the components of logical mathematical intelligence?

what are the components of logical mathematical intelligence? The logical mathematic intelligence is one among the multiple intelligences suggested by Howard Gardner. I require the components of the ...
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### How would a psychopath deem their actions?

I understand that a psychopath experiences diminished or non-existent empathy and remorse as well as dis-inhibition meaning that they have a certain 'meanness' and a poor impulse control. I am ...
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### What are the psychological differences in camelCase and underscore_case programming conventions?

In computer programming, spaces are often forbidden in the declaration of variable names, so programmers have created alternate methods of identifying word boundaries in variable names: camel case and ...
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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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### Why do people talk fast in presentations when nervous?

I was at a professional development seminar today, and the presenter, while being interesting and knowing his subject admitted to being nervous and was speaking very fast. I know I do this when I am ...
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### How do we learn to count syllables?

When I was young, I was told that to count syllables in a word, you could clap them. One clap for each syllable. You would say it aloud like this: cu-shion. I was not taught rules about how to pick ...
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### How to explain utility function from personality, beliefs and ongoing emotions?

Economists widely use utility function (and more broader approach called hedonistic regression) but are there explanations or derivations of utility function from the perspective of cognitive sciences ...
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### How can the cognitive distortion “disqualifying / rejecting the positive” be overcome?

Within Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) there is a cognitive distortion named "disqualifying the positive" where positive events are discounted: Example: Upon receiving a congratulation, a person ...
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### Can humans be reduced to a function?

Based on an article by UK Essays, we are nothing more than robots that operate based on our past experience and other factors like amount of neurotransmitters, hormones, and other chemicals, trying to ...
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### Does any neurological research exist surrounding Buddhist “enlightenment”?

I know there have been many studies on meditation in general, with noticeable changes in the brain. From a skeptic's perspective, I am curious if there are noticeable changes in the brain between ...
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### Simulate colorblindness in non-colorblind individuals

Is there any way by which individuals with normal color vision could "see" the effects of Deuteranopia or any of the common colorblindness types, say by using special lenses or anything? Color ...
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Could you recommend me some books that cover trust and how it is developed, what helps us build trust and why we might or might not need it. I am not interested in the relationship self-help books ...
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### Why is Internet Addiction Disorder not listed in the DSM-5 manual?

Disclaimer - I am not a student of psychology. I'm currently researching Internet Addiction Disorder and online games for a paper I'm writing. Is there an actual reason why it's not included? Is it ...
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### How to interpret neuron spiking models one comes across in literature?

Background I'm in high school currently conducting research (obviously it is relatively rudimentary compared to what is being done in the labs, etc.) in computational neuroscience. I'm dealing with ...
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### How do I get calculate D1 and d1 in a multinomial processing tree model?

I've just been reading this paper and I am currently conducting an experiment for my undergraduate thesis. The experiment involves reality monitoring source memory judgments and I therefore want to ...
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