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Is truth serum used in any psychiatric or psychoanalytic practices?

Is sodium thiopental (truth serum) used in any psychiatric or psychoanalytic therapies? I presume it is legal for use, since it is Schedule III, and it is administered in surgeries. It clearly has ...
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How to import images used to analysis in SPM to FreeSurfer

FreeSurfer uses the recon-all command to semi-automatically generate its statistics. This tool implies a certain directory structure in which the files with the images for the samples should be ...
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TOTE: Desired vs perceived state = Fight or flight

A key concept in 1960s control theory is TOTE (Test-Operate-Test-Exit)1: The concept seems to be neatly mapped to a modern cognitive concept: The brain constantly compares perceived state to the ...
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Is there an emotional equivalent of Somatoparaphrenia?

I've recently became aware of the Somatoparaphrenia delusion, where a person thinks that a part of their body belongs to someone else. No amount of logic or evidence would persuade that person ...
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Research into monolexia?

Monolexia is the inability to read two or more equal-looking mathematical symbols or words when these are found within the same context (book, page, paragraph, or other related contexts) and ...
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Paradoxical senses of scale: Are they common or is it just me?

It doesn't happen anymore, but when I was younger I would often get strange sensations regarding scale that I never heard anyone else report. There were two different flavors. One felt like the room ...
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Re-arrangement of brain's functions

In a neuroscience class, I was told that if some part of brain gets damaged somehow and its early enough, the functionalities of that part of brain are rearranged to another part of the brain. This ...
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Can brainwaves from EEG be used to measure enjoyment of media?

It seems to be very hard to figure out automatically, what content I will enjoy and what content I will not enjoy. Of course, there are methods that require me to sit in front of a computer and press ...
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Batch converting .img files to .mgz in FreeSurfer

I have a series of .img files from a previous analysis in SPM that Freesurfer (FS) cannot directly handle. FS comes with a conversion tool, the mri_convert command, but I am not able to make it run ...
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Can you recommend good resources/literature on understanding EEG for the domain of Neurofeedback (peak performance and meditation)

I want to start developing software for consumer eeg headsets, the ones that currently exist, and the better ones that will arrive in the coming years. I'd like to go in the direction of cognitive ...
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What personality disorders is schema therapy successfully used for?

Schema therapy is a cognitive therapy based on people developing so-called "schemas" (as far as I understand, patterns of cognition and behavior) early in their lives and then using these schemas to ...
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Is it possible to be completely impartial when considering yourself?

Consider the following quotation by Poulain de la Barre: Everything that has been written by men about women should be viewed with suspicion, because they are both judge and party. Is it ...
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How much our visual limitations are instrument(eye)-based, and how much are they brain-based?

Are the limitations to our vision like the field of view and singular focus entirely based on the limitations of the eye? It seems like it's possible to feed an artificial signal into the brain ...
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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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Why doesn't the brain get into infinite loops when being queried?

In computer programming, when algorithms are using loops/recursion without an exit condition, the algorithm will never end or get out of resources. How does the brain work around getting into endless ...
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Suggestion for wearable EEG headset

We need wearable EEG headset with raw data output accessible from various platforms. I heard that devices like that have commonly the output encoded and available adapters are designed for one or just ...
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Why am I more “musically” creative in the last 30 seconds before falling asleep?

Hey this is something I was wondering about since I was 15. I am a music producer covering all kinds of genres and I am not perfect at writing new melodies but also not useless, probably the average ...
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Do cognitive distortions not exist at all in non-depressed people?

Cognitive distortions like All-or-nothing thinking, Fortune Teller Error; do they exist in non-depressed people with a low ...
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How do I choose what I think?

Where do my thoughts come from? What allows me to choose them at all? Regardless of whether free will is an illusion or not, what makes a thought happen? (This is a mix of a philosophical question and ...
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Pictorial representation of ideas/concepts

Why are pictorial representations of ideas/concepts easier to comprehend than language/grammatical constructs? Is there any verifiable reason behind it, apart from the fact that most of us, if not ...
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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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Is emotional processing lateralised in the brain?

It was easy for me to find that language processing is lateralised and that creativity/logic processing possibly not (against pop-psychology claims). But which is the current view hold by experts on ...
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Can dendrite spines fire action potential toward the soma?

I am confused about how the signal propagates from the dendrite spines toward the soma. I believe it is commonly taught that the signal diffuses "passively", i.e. electrostatically with no ...
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Do yellow colour light have psychological effect on human mind? [closed]

I am fond of white light and I avoid sitting in yellow light (Yellow bulbs or yellow CFL). I found myself feeling lazy and dull in yellow light. Is there some psychological effect of sitting in yellow ...
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In what ways do our brains use compression?

I am reading a book on information theory and one line in the book states that "Brains are the ultimate compression and communication systems." However, there is no further elaboration on the matter. ...
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Can depression be faked?

Can depression be faked, and for what reason would someone do this? Is there a more accurate way of diagnosing it to tell when someone is just putting it on?
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Is there any behavioral experiment which gathers information from mobile apps or sites?

I'm wondering if there any apps gathering users behaviours and usage information from mobile app or site, and than informing them about that. Because I know there is a lot of experiments and A/B tests ...
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Is it possible to present/perceive information objectively?

A recent project has brought an interesting thought to mind. Hopefully this is the correct format to ask this question, as I'm unsure where else I'd receive an educated response. (possibly philosopy? ...
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Does Stockholm syndrome have an equivalent for victims of stalking?

According to Wikipedia, Stockholm syndrome is: a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of ...
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Do people (under)value free stuff?

I recently saw this Ted talk by Esther Duflo, and in it Duflo tells of how she tackled the question in the title head on, in the context of health and disease prevention. I would like to know what ...
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Structural neuroimaging processing with FreeSurfer or SPM?

I have a limited amount of time to analyse strucutural neuroimaging from a sample of patients. My objective is to simply extract volumes from selected fronto-parietal areas. I have no previous ...
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Do some people possess more or more active mirror neurons than others?

Some people love watching people get hurt, they may find it humorous. Some people don't really like it but can watch it. Some, however, find it unbearable to watch. Why is this? Are the latter of the ...
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Why is it that some (yet not all) people may struggle to retain information unrelated to what they are interested in?

It seems to me that some people find it difficult to retain information that is not naturally salient to them. This isn't the case for all people, however. There exist people that will put in the ...
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Quest procedure convergence after random answers

I use Quest procedure to find threshold for stereo disparity changes of a stimuli. I use a C++ implementation derived from the one in Psychotoolbox and I wonder whether the behaviour I observe is ...
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What causes the sensation of taste when Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) is absorbed through the skin?

The Wikipedia page for DMSO says "The perceived garlic taste upon skin contact with DMSO may be due to nonolfactory activation of TRPA1 receptors in trigeminal ganglia", and references a paper. But ...
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Are there mental states that make the mind more susceptible to other negative mental states?

I've recently read the following folk parable and am interested if there is any truth to it. It is originally in russian(full version here), so I will translate the gist of it: The devil displays ...
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Does spanking a child teach them that it's ok for another person to touch them against their will?

The debate over whether spanking is an appropriate punishment largely revolves around proponents saying that it creates a more "disciplined" person and opponents saying that it traumatizes the child ...
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Improving observation, attention to detail in mental imagery

Once in a while I remember the whole "use mental imagery to remember things" thing and start looking for information about it (never actually tried to turn it into a habit...). It doesn't take long ...
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How does the order of words influence our ability to remember a question once it's asked again?

I'm about to send out surveys that I need for a project and these will be sent out every season - winter, spring, summer, fall - each supposedly having the same questions. It's quite likely some ...
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Islam and participation in acts of political violence

This is currently a hot political topic, but what does the science say? I was thinking that a good experiment would take groups of people, and match them for alternate explanations: Age, gender, ...
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Pre-motor potentials

I see a problem when interpreting pre-motor potentials (like readiness potential or movement-related cortical potential) that are detected before the movement takes place. These potentials occur at ~ ...
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Does neuroticism go hand in hand with introversion?

I'm reading this paper on relations between affect and personality. It seems the personality domain has been characterized in terms of two dimensions: neuroticism and extraversion. How does ...
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Recent psychophysical studies using the “Method of Adjustment”?

The Method of Adjustment, devised by G.T. Fechner, is one of the three classical psychophysical procedures used to examine perceptual performance. It came to fame through early studies of visual ...
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Do living beings of different sizes perceive time differently?

Do living beings having different sizes e.g. an ant and an elephant perceive time at different rates? Is the physical time same for all sizes or different for different sizes? Suppose There is a ...
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How are our eyes able to distinguish between lines and borders? what is the mechanism at the level of rods and cones?

I think there is a phenomenon behind the method which our eyes use to judge between lines of contrast, like black lines on a white page, by just recognizing the contrast areas, i need explanation of ...
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Evolutionarily speaking, How did a preeminent process like sex become reticent among humans? [duplicate]

If sex is the process every living being practices and is natural just like every other biological process and is the quintessential of all, when it comes to human, why is sex not something which we ...
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Environmental factors that predict theism

Are there any environmental factors which can predict atheism or theism?
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Are there any precise design principles for artificial connectomes or neural networks?

I've been reading about the openworm.org project. I've downloaded the code and run some simulations. The people at OpenWorm have made an experiment where they setup a robot with the neural network of ...
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Asian Languages Math Advantage

I'm looking for a reference showing that asian languages such as Chinese and Japanese allow for easier understanding of numbers than English. Here's an excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" that ...
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Math understanding: intuitions and proofs

I think that cogsci can help me to study a problem in philosophy of math. Consider this case (adapted from M. Detlefsen, Brouwerian intuitionism): Lucy has the kind of understanding of a given math ...

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