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When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group

Many people online seem to claim that: When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group. You can find the claim in 31 Psychological ...
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Are the center surround receptive fields learnt or inherited?

I know that neurons higher in visual pathways can learn their receptive fields after birth, but what about the connections between bipolar cells and Amacarine cells which form center/surround on/off ...
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Does daily software development enhance the cognitive capacity of a person?

Software Development is an intense activity which requires using most of one's cognitive capacity. When programmers develop a software, they usually make an abstract understanding of the task which ...
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What kind of cognitive psych journals are receptive to clinicians without any publications?

A good friend of mine is a clinical psychologist. She has been in practice for more then 25 years and has provided psychological help to people for a variety of issues. One of her specialities is ...
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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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How do some traumatic experiences establish deep beliefs and ideas?

Disclaimer - My terminology might be wrong. How do some memorable experiences that are traumatic or tough, make the brain form some values. Is there a way to establish core values so strongly ...
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What is the relation between measures, constructs and concepts?

It is uncontroversial to say that the cognitive sciences do not exclusively deal with directly observable phenomena, but nonetheless aim to study the physical causes of behavior and cognition ...
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Is teacher guidance always necessary to become an expert?

Is it necessary to have a teacher (or mentor/coach) to master every skill? What if I am taking an online tutorial with pre-recorded videos? Can I count that teacher training? I have read the concept ...
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Why does anger “clouds the mind”?

There are a lot of anecdotes on frustration and anger inhibiting judgement and problem solving. Examples include "anger clouds the mind" in pop culture or in programming - "if you're stuck on a ...
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Is it possible to design a visual and auditory oddball paradigm in Android?

I want to design an oddball paradigm to record event-related potential. Is it possible to design a visual and auditory oddball paradigm in "Android"?
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Are there peer-reviewed psychology or neuroscience journal articles that include the raw data (data set)?

I am hoping to carry out a pedagogical analysis of some peer reviewed papers, preferably on topics in cognitive science. This would be easier with the raw data its self, in additional to the results ...
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Research on the van Norden percept

What are the latest research and explanations concerning this auditory effect? I haven't managed to turn up much on the net, so just to check that I've named it correctly, my experience of it was ...
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How common are aromantics?

(Aromantic means lacking romantic attraction to others.) What percent of people are aromantic? While the percentage of people who are asexual seems to be 1%, I couldn't find anything on what percent ...
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Why do humans need emotions?

If the emotions' only purpose is to stimulate certain behavior, why can't this task just as effectively, or even more effectively be done by the reasoning part of the brain? Are emotions really ...
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In search for well-defined and novel theories on cognition [on hold]

In particular, I'm looking for papers (or books, dissertations, etc) where the authors clearly outline their proposed theory as it's done in page 2 in this article. It can relate to any field within ...
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Before and After survey. How to achieve this online [on hold]

I was recently given a project by my professor. I am to provide a Before and After survey regarding sickle cell anemia. One survey is to be provided before a video that talks about sickle cell anemia. ...
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Types or category of empathy [on hold]

Is empathy has category or type? What are these? Example: recognizing the feeling of others over feeling the feeling of others.
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Is a desire for a certain food related to the nutritional need for that food?

It appears that, from time to time, everybody has a strong desire for some specific food. I want to know whether this is the feedback of the body needing certain nutrients or whether it's purely ...
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Causal reasoning(implicit models?) vs grammar of native language

I was reading about linguistic relativity and it struck me that there could also be differences in multilingual individuals and mono/bi-lingual individuals on how they derive/reason/create structure ...
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Tell-tale signs of ability to present information in clear and elegant visual form [closed]

How does one's ability to present (systemize) information into a clear and understandable format (e.g. through tables/ diagrams/ interactive interfaces/ multimedia/ etc) usually show? (In other ...
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How does this illusion - that I just inadvertently created - work?

As I was working on a basic chess application for Android, I loaded some chess clip art into my imageviews. Then this happened. Look closely at the top two rows. At first I was startled. My ...
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Can the knowledge and the tools we acquire in conscious brain become tools for the unconscious brain?

I am reading this intriguing book titled Consciousness and the Brain, Deciphering how the brain codes our thoughts by Stanislas Dehaene. In one of the chapters he talks about how the brain has natural ...
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How can I avoid biases? [duplicate]

Our brains can be very powerful. Although this is a good thing most of the time, the complexity of it may sometimes affect decisions making, judgement and various other things. Is there any way to ...
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Why do most people laugh with a “ha” sound?

When people laugh, the most common sound is "ha", while some may "ho" or "he". When do people pick this up when they grow, or is this just natural? Some people laugh differently again, but I tend to ...
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Freud's theory regarding child to parent attraction

This may be a thought from false information but even from some teachers I've heard quotes of how Sigmund Freud had a theory about how children are attracted to ...
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What is attitude? What's the difference between attitudes and thoughts/habits/emotions? [on hold]

Is it any different than life strategies? Are those processed differently in the brain? I know most emotions are processed by hormone. What about attitudes? What are positive attitude? Why are they ...
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Can positive self-affirmation improve mood?

Most people get "depressed" every now and then - nothing serious, but people sometimes feel down. I am wondering if positive self-affirmation can make you happier by physically increasing the ...
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Do hints improve memorization when using spaced repetition?

For example, I'm learning Geography using spaced repetition technique. I have some program which asks me questions like "In which country Melbourne is located?", and I have to recall the country ...
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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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Can an extravert suffer from social anxiety disorder?

Extraversion is a personality trait that, as the Wikipedia article describes, causes people "to enjoy human interactions", to be sociable, outgoing and love crowds. Social anxiety disorder (SAD), on ...
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Why do humans have sex in private?

Human couples usually have sex in private, hidden not only from predators, but also - other humans. It is unlike behavior of most species, including our relatives: bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas. ...
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Is the SPAD-T textual analysis software still available?

I am looking for an old program called SPAD-T that is still used for textual analysis (especially in psychology). Can anybody tell me where I can download or purchase a legal copy? Failing that, ...
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1answer
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Do 10.000 hours of practice make you an expert?

With his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell has widely popularized the idea that the requirement to become an expert in any field is largely to invest at least 10.000 hours of deliberate practice. ...
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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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Is there scientific evidence on the benefits of binaural beats?

When two coherent sounds with nearly similar frequencies are presented to each ear respectively with stereo headphones, the brain integrates the two signals and produces a sensation of a third sound ...
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rat 3D Brain Atlases [closed]

I'm looking for publish an image of the rat brain for an article with a specific places selected on 3D. Just like this picture: I heard about the Elsevier program BrainNavigator 3.2, but the ...
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Measuring short-term, long-term and sensory memory in adolescents?

I would like to measure the short-term memory, long-term memory and sensory memory of children between 10 and 15. If possible, I would prefer a single test or battery. What tests are used to measure ...
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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 do con artists not feel guilt?

I just finished watching a video of Frank Abagnale Jr discuss his life history. Who knows if its true, but it is an amazing story. For those who don't know, Frank Abagnale is one of the most infamous ...
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1answer
63 views

How can items from a general self-esteem/efficacy measure be changed to measure context specific self-esteem/efficacy?

I am very interested in a survey employing a Likert type scale in my research. I have come across the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. I would like to use this scale to get a sense of how subjects feel ...
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How to set up a binocular rivalry experiment, that splits a single image in two separately controlled ones?

The question is about the actual physical setup and steps needed to take in order to experiment with the phenomena. I found a tutorial on jove.com, "How to Create and Use Binocular Rivalry", and it ...
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33 views

How Do Expert People think? [closed]

What are he characteristics of Expert/Genius people who seem to be far away from others in terms of superior skills and expertise in any domain. How do these people think? Is their any cognitive ...
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What are proper EEG frequency bands and electrode placements for imagined speech?

I am doing an EEG experiment about imagined speech recognition. Which frequencies will have the most relevant information? I chose the frequency band [4-40] Hz as a start, mainly because of signal ...
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1answer
247 views

How are qualia localized in consciousness?

I understand that evolution incorporated arbitrary qualia into the default network to inform consciousness (the largest cranial global processing information subnetwork) about properties and qualities ...
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145 views

Efficient learning strategies?

When learning a new subject or a skill, is it more effective to break practice into small sub-skills and focus on them for months until they have been fully mastered, or to practice each small ...
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36 views

Is there a reason songs don't get stuck in my head? [closed]

I can listen to a song a million times over but if it stops, 5 minutes later I don't remember a single line or note from it. My memory is fairly good when it comes to other things and if I try really ...
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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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258 views

Should “just asking” as a reason for asking a particular question be strictly considered to a (unrealized) false statement? [closed]

When someone asks a questioner about the reason for his/her question, if they in return answer "just asking" roughly meaning "for no particular reason". Should that answer, from the perspective of ...
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1answer
680 views

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 ...
4
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1answer
66 views

Difference in frequencies of mistakes between use of left-right vs. up-down

I have no hard data, but from my personal experience in people specifying right or left directions (similarly east or west) and up or down (north or south, top or bottom), people frequently make ...

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