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Deception and nose touching - does it work for things that are about to be said in prepared speeches?

I'm not sure if nose touching is a scientifically-validated signature of deception or internal conflict. For the purposes of this question I would assume that it's fairly common knowledge in ...
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Is psychology a science or magic? [closed]

What makes a person to be ever smiling to an extent that they just can't be angry or actually show they are angry even if they are?
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Is semantic pointer architecture compatible with a predictive coding account of the brain?

Both SPA (Eliasmith et al.) and predictive coding (Friston, Clark, Rao, et al.) seem to have a lot of explanatory power. My understanding of SPA is probably rudimentary, but Eliasmith and others ...
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Why is the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard so intolerable?

I am curious as to what current research shows regarding why scraping noises such as fingernails on a chalkboard, a knife/fork scraping against a plate, metal grinding against metal or stone etc are ...
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Source of sensory data related to cognitive effort

How does the brain assess cognitive effort? Is there a chemical that is being created or consumed at a rate that is proportionate to the amount of effort felt? I'm mostly interested in short term ...
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Does working memory have a role in creativity?

What role does working memory play in creativity? Creativity in this context being easily measurable creativity, so performance on things like the uses task etc. Divergent thinking is the ability to ...
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Are Free Will and Motivation related?

I'm aware of numerous experiments, like Stanford prison experiment, Milgram experiment which indicate that humans can act in ways opposite to their best intentions. For the purposes of this ...
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Does intentionally being aware of an emotion or thought pattern increase the incidence of that thought pattern?

As a means of tracking and exerting control over my life and emotions, I've considered doing a daily log to measure various life metrics, like what time I got up, how much coffee I've drunk, and ...
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Why is my mind working against me? [closed]

I have recently read that most of the thoughts in our head are automatically produced by our subconscious mind and that the conscious mind is there to focus on those thoughts or not. I wanted to ...
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Pupillometry: how long needs the pupil to respond towards an cognitive stimuli?

I would like to know if somebody could give me some references on the latency of the pupil response after a cognitive stimulus. I know that the light reflex is quite fast compared to cognitive ...
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Attributing change in DV to IV manipulation: between-groups (control group) vs mixed-model (pre&post measure)

One often sees researchers attributing a change in the dependent variable to their experimental manipulation, semingly without considering whether this change in DV occurs between or within groups. ...
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What happens in your brain when you see a dinosaur in this stenographic image?

You might have come across stereographic Images like the one shown below (found here): What happens in your brain when you observe the dinosaur? (as you put your face on the image by touching your ...
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Adaptation to Discrete Perturbation in Sleep?

Generally, are there and how long do lingering affects of polar sleep patterns affect someone? For example, assume someone slept for 2 hours one day and then slept for 14 hours the next. Their 2 day ...
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Why is my SPM batch job printing a warning repeatedly?

I'm aware of the ambivalence of cogsci.stacexchange with regards to asking questions about code, but this question really is about SPM, specifically, so I think that the domain-specific nature of my ...
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Why do some days feel fast and others feel slow?

As per the title, why is it some days it just feels like a day can go so fast, yet other days can feel slow? Every day has the same amount of hours, minutes and seconds after all. What is the actual ...
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High Density Signal Meaning

When I was reading an article, I found that it describes the EEG signal as a high-density signal. So what is that mean? EMG is high temporal resolution and moderate spatial resolution ...
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Optical illusions : human universal vs environmental influences [closed]

It's well known today that the susceptibility to optical illusions are influenced by the environment: multiple studies with the Müller-Lyer illusion conducted in Zambia proved this environmental ...
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Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?

Happiness is a state of mind. Can we retain this state even in the case of sadness, depression, or a dire situation through training? What methods could one use in order to train the brain to retain ...
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How does a human classify or cluster data?

Here, what I mean by DATA are text documents. I am going to do a research on text clustering algorithms by the help of artificial neural networks (ANNs). But first of all I need to know how our brain ...
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very weird Split Brain Dual Consciousness experiments references on Wikipedia

I have been reading about the problem of possible dual consciousness in split brain patients and I came across this wikipedia page about: ...
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How to write a neuroscience research abstract?

I might have to start working on a research abstract for college soon, and I am looking for basic tips on beginning one. I don't mean information about the research specifically; I simply mean ...
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How would slowed message over the reflex arc work?

Take, for example, a person with average reflexes/a normal reflex arc. The person touches an extremely hot stove and immediately pulls away. Slowing this event down, upon touching the stove, it takes ...
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Avoiding Cognitive dissonance,is it a necessity? [closed]

I want to know how strong is the pain of going through cognitive dissonance. Is it really so that changes in humans can be brought about by severity of cognitive dissonance struggle/pain ? Can I have ...
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What is the key elements that make westerners have some better characteristics over asian [closed]

I want to get your ideas or any suggestions of references (books, articles..) that I can read to help me answer this question: We all know that westerners are more open while Asian people are more ...
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Why do dreams lose clarity quickly over time after we awaken?

Right after you wake up from a dream, you seem to be able to remember most if not all of the details. Then, over time, these details fade and often disappear. Is this a form of regression? Why is ...
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How far can we train mental calculation?

Mental calculators are people with a prodigious ability in some area of mental calculation, such as multiplying large numbers or factoring large numbers. Unfortunately I forgot where I heard it, ...
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How can reaction times be measured, and what affects it?

I was playing pinball the other day, and I wasn't doing very well - my reactions were far too slow it seemed. My question is - Firstly - how can someone's reactivity measured/determined? I imagine ...
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Does correcting responses after feedback lead to better learning?

In a typical supervised learning experiment, one might present visual stimuli, e.g. faces, one after another and ask participants to classify each one into one of two categories, e.g. A and B. Usually ...
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romantic relationship and addiction

I would like to know how close are romantic relationships to addictions. I guess the involvement of the reward system of the brain and the aiming at the flood of dopamine is common to both , besides ...
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Is it better to study multiple subjects simultaneously or focus on one subject intensely at a time?

Since I will soon have a bit of free time, I thought I'd use it to enhance my knowledge pool. I chose four subjects that always interested me (but that are not related) and thought I'd dive in a bit ...
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How fast can the brain react in order for someone to pull a trigger?

Just out of curiosity, regardingly highly unlikely situations of ever needing to disarm someone - using neuroscience to make informed self defence decisions: How fast can the brain recieve a visual ...
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Is the fight or flight response considered voluntarily or involuntarily?

I look in my rearview and see someone feet from me still speeding up and my heart rate feels like it doubles. It stayed like that for an hour. Had troubles concentrating and working well into the ...
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Why do people want what they don't have now?

There are many examples of people wanting what they don't have. For example, a single man may want to have a girlfriend, but after some time of having a girlfriend, he may want to be single again. Or ...
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Why cerebellar input fibers use 2 ways to send a siganl to DCN?

Both groups of input fibers of cerebellum (mossy, climbing) start 2 pathways: 1) project directly to the deep nuclei 2) project to cerebellar cortex, which then (after some processing) sends ...
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lovemap concept

I got to know about a theory called as "lovemap" concept. It was propounded by John Money to explain the underlying concepts of amorous bonding (Although , broadly it covers the origin of sexual ...
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Are there studies about religious belief similar to the ones about superstition among animals?

In this question they talk about how animals can develop rituals that they thing have some influence in a particular outcome, when in reality there isn't a real connection whatsoever between the ...
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How to convert .tlrc file to .orig file? [closed]

I have files: left_fg+tlrc.BRIK and left_fg+tlrc.HEAD. I want to know how to convert the files to ...
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Why are some people good at algebra and bad at geometry and vice versa?

I've met people who say they did very well in algebra but were terrible at geometry in high school and some people who say they did very well in geometry but were terrible at algebra in high school. ...
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Are the language and sound centres of the brain in the same area?

I am an English major currently taking a Psycholinguistics module. One of the things we learnt in the module is that speech sound perception is handled vastly differently from non-speech sound ...
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How to get anatomical masks?

I recently read a paper called "An automated labeling system for subdividing the human cerebral cortex on MRI scans into gyral based regions". I want to use the ...
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Behavioral and mood differences between D1 and D2 dophamine receptors action in context of monogamy and out of it

Claim: I initially thought of posting this to Biology SE, but the fact that the question finds its resting formation in the area of cognition/mood/personality, I decided to post it here. It is stated ...
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How to make a comparative analysis between the decision-making robots and human? [closed]

I have the challenge of finding a way to model, develop, validate and implement an artificial cognitive architecture for mobile robots for industrial environment. In my present scope of the questions ...
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Does anyone know how to explain Quinian bootstrapping process by Carey to a layperson (like me)?

I've been trying my best to understand what Quinian bootstrapping is, by reading scientific articles on this topic, but I come across more and more philosophical concepts like "sortals" or similar. ...
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Is D-Cycloserine available on the market

The dextrorotary form of cycloserine has been suggested to be helpful in fear extinction by some studies. Is the drug available on the market for psychiatric use?
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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 is the mechanism behind recurring or looping thoughts?

I'm interested in what is the mechanism that explains the recurrence or looping of thoughts within a person's mind. Unless very strongly distracted, such thoughts can creep up back or mutate slightly ...
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The difference between fluent and non-fluent aphasia

Is it safe to define all fluent aphasias as having spontaneous speech and non-fluent as not having spontaneous speech? Is this a safe boundary to draw between the two categories?
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What Cognitive/Psychology Theories Are Behind The “Mind Control” Magics?

I have seen a TV program talking about an interesting 'mind control' magic/experiment. I cannot find this video clip online so I have to describe what I saw in words. The video (some sort of ...
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Is there such a thing as word synonyms?

I'm an English teacher and participate in the English Language forum. The question of word synonyms is very frequent. People ask if words can be substituted in sentences and still retain meaning, ...
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Does the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM contain a Global Assessment of Functioning measure?

I suspect that only licensed psychiatrists get to see the contents of the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM (SCID). I am drafting a proposal currently and need to know if the data I am ...

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