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Calculate criterion values for each confidence level (within SDT)

Take a 2AFC task, where people also give a measure of confidence. In the framework of signal detection theory, the criterion values for each confidence level are simply additional criteria, placed on ...
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Human memory - remembering sequences of letters vs numbers

There are 10 digits and 26 letters. In computer science you'd need 4 bits to store a digit value and 5 bits do store a letter value. Does the same apply to human brain? Is a statistical person able ...
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Does exposure to verbal abuse increases emotional stability?

At my university, many students have to go through a form of hazing for a period of a one month in the second years of their undergraduate studies. A part of it consists of a session where the ...
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Psychology of the “Mars One” expedition

For those who do not know: the Mars One expedition is a privately funded one way trip to mars consisting of a crew of 4, expanding the crew by 4 every two years(if everything goes as planned). From ...
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Are there scientific proved alternatives to NLP?

I am looking for a method or an algorithm that learn the computer clustering the sentences, for example : "He suffers from broken leg and bleeding nose." The output should be like : He =>broken leg, ...
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EEG data processing: large data file seems empty

We have been running an experiment trying to collect ABR data using the Brainvision EP-PreAmp and Actichamp system. We ran several successful tests with short versions of our experiment, about 10-15 ...
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Are humans biologically wired to lie?

Are humans biologically wired to lie? It seems that people create morals and decree that lying is bad. Yet everyone has lied before. Why is this?
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Could hysteria make people develop true symptoms of some disease without actually being sick of that disease?

There is an episode in Dr. House series in which there is a passager on board of an airplane and he starts to contract some symptoms and Cuddy tells him that it's meningococcal disease. Later in the ...
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How can we be formed by our childhood's environment if we don't remember much of it?

Studies with rats showed that the most licking ones in childhood were the most licked in adulthood [1]. Also many psychologist says that this is the part of our live where our personality is created ...
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Why does video footage of walking look unnatural when viewed upside down? [closed]

I noticed this whilst lying on the floor to stretch my back and the TV happened to be on. People look like they're walking in a very unnatural way.
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What can clinical psychologists do that psychiatrists can't do?

From Yahoo Answers: For example, I know that psychiatrists can prescribe medicine and psychologists CAN'T, but are there any things that clinical psychologists are specialised in that ...
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When was statistics used in psychology research first?

I am wondering about the origin of statistics' usage in psychology. Psychology was rooted in philosophy. At that time there were no experiments and analysing the data, but I guess that there must be ...
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Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?

A rather basic question, but I don't see answer in Google, so here it goes: Humans have thoughts, sometimes these thoughts carry with them motivations to act, urges, cravings, etc. All these can make ...
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What is the effect of listening to music on walking?

How does music affect walking speed and attitude? What will be the effects of different pitch and tempo of music on a person's walking behavior?
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How does obedience correlate with the Big 5 factors of personality?

I am looking for correlations for any Big 5 traits with obedience. Are there any research reports on this, available for me to read?
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Is there a term that describes the behaviour of a person which transfers personal problems to other people and tries to solve them there?

I think my question is a little tricky to express but i observed this kind of behaviour pattern many times and want to know if its coined in cognitive scienes. To give an example, think about an ...
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Does mastering a foreign language strengthens the pre-frontal cortex? [closed]

I remember reading somewhere that learning a foreign language strengthens the prefrontal cortex. Does anyone have an answer, or evidence to these claims?
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Are there models of single neurons on slow timescales?

From what I've come across on the web, most models of single neurons seem to focus on the "fast timescale", where electrical signals are transmitted from one neuron to another. However, neurons are ...
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EEG Alpha waves during eyes open mindfulness training - any research on this subject

I recently conducted an experiment recording EEG during an eyes open mindfulness meditation. I saw a substantial amount of alpha bursts throughout the meditation both in the occipital and frontal ...
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Is thinking with language efficient?

I wondered, whether it is efficent to think with language (of course its efficient for communication). When Im thinking with long words, it takes longer than thinking with short words. Maybe thinking ...
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What is commonly known as 'love'? [duplicate]

Love is a common topic in literature, drama and music. People talk about loving people, being 'in love', falling out of love etc. I think often in common usage people aren't necessarily referring to ...
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Predictive Experiments on Neuroscience of Free Will

It seems to be very interesting that we can use modern neuroscience and cognitive science research to inform us about the ages-old question of free-will vs. determinism. The standard experiment was ...
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Can people with absolute pitch identify the exact frequency, or simply the pitch class?

Absolute pitch can be defined as the ability to identify or re-create a given musical note without the benefit of a reference tone. When people claim to have absolute pitch, does this mean they have ...
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Contemporary Resources on Cognitive Science of Typing

[Apologies if this is too general.] I'm doing research on language production during the computer keyboard typing process. There are some great classic articles like Rumelhart & Norman, 1982 and ...
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Do you ever think self diagnosis is called for? [closed]

I am in a situation where I can't exactly get help for my mental health issues. There are plenty, don't get me wrong, but there was one particular part of my mental health struggle that I could ...
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Handwriting analysis by profession (muscular control) - Athletes, musicians, etc

Is there any scientific study on handwriting by profession? In the whole world, the people with the most control of their muscles are athletes. Or pianists, who have extremely good control of their ...
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What role (if any) does verbal intelligence play in one's aptitude for science or mathematics?

I am looking for scientific literature that suggests a link between verbal intelligence (i.e. one's capacity for reading comprehension and use of language) and one's aptitude for working with or ...
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What is this forward-looking Déjà Vu-like phenomenon? [closed]

In the past I've always thought deja vu was a feeling of having done something before because you actually had done something quite like it before and the current environment is bringing that to mind ...
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Is depression caused by life events?

If we look at physical illnesses we could put them on a spectrum of 'Happened spontaneously/no choice in the matter' to 'Was clearly created by something that happened in their life'. From less ...
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Using IT to quickly make a simulated brain

First of all, I would like to say that I know nothing about cognitive sciences. I am just posting this question because it interested me and I stumbled across this group in stack exchange. I was ...
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Are the physical sensations of an emotion due to neural activity strictly in the brain or also in the body?

Symptoms of anxiety and anger are often described as some sort of energetic sensation in my chest and sometimes face or arms. Are these sensations an 'illusion' from neural activity strictly in the ...
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How to examine person's awareness of a certain topic?

I am conducting a case study on the topic of refugees and asylum seekers. My particular interest is: How aware is my test subject of the reasons (political persecution, famine, war, ...) why these ...
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What does it mean to say that mental illness is a modern-day leprosy?

I was reading about mental illnesses and then thought one day that the uninformed regard mental illnesses the same way leprosy was regarded. I looked up about leprosy and some papers and articles ...
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Does adult neurogenesis occur only in the olfactory bulb and the hippocampus?

The scholarpedia article on this subject says: Adult neurogenesis is the process of generating new neurons which integrate into existing circuits after fetal and early postnatal development ...
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What is the effect of gradual increase of speech speed on speech comprehension?

When I am watching a YouTube video with normal speed I can understand everything with no problem. When I speed up the video to 1.25x my understanding of what someone is saying is a bit worse, but ...
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Consciousness - on/off switch or spectrum? [closed]

When we read the theories of consciousness, they usually state that a thing either has consciousness or does not have consciousness. Is there a reason why consciousness cannot be thought to be a ...
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What's the difference between short term memory and working memory?

What's the difference between short term memory and working memory? and how does the process work?
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How big is the psychological impact of having no friends? [closed]

I've been a loner all my life. I've found that I'm scared of "hanging out" with people I don't know or making new friends. I don't want this question to be personalised as such, but I didn't know how ...
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How do you analyse visual analogue scales with an ambiguous response?

For example, I might ask participants to complete a visual analogue scale for pain. They would be given a line that is 100mm long, and one end says 0 (No pain) and the other end says 100 (worst ...
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Is there a term for not recognizing that other people think differently, or projecting your thought patterns on others?

For example I might make the argument that 'Women don't face discrimination in the workplace' or that 'There isn't actually any racism anymore'* because I myself don't think in an explicitly racist or ...
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How do hormones influence personality? [closed]

I would like to see a specific type of answer to the question, namely, one that answers the following more specific questions: do hormones influence what people terminally value, that is, the things ...
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Is a fear response to the sight of predators innate or acquired?

Kids of very small age has less knowledge. They have very limited knowledge about harm, fear etc.., Is it possible that kids can feel fear with that much less knowledge? Let us assume a kid is ...
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What cognitive bias is it when an (ideally objective) evaluation is influenced by the prior opinion of another person?

I'm looking for the name of the cognitive bias that describes the following phenomenon: Person A asks person B to evaluate and give feedback on a certain topic (a student, a manuscript etc), ...
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How strong is the correlation between selfies and narcissism?

We have concluded that posting selfies is correlated with narcissism, but how strong is the correlation? Reference: Correlation between selfie and Narcissism
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Is it easier/faster to recognise digits or written words?

Is there any peer-reviewed evidence which suggests whether it is faster and/or easier for a native English speaker to recognise digits (1, 2, 3, 4) vs. full written English word equivalents (one, two, ...
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Is it easier/faster to recognise digits or written words? [duplicate]

Does anyone know of any evidence to indicate whether it is faster and/or easier for a native English speaker to recognise digits (1, 2, 3, 4) vs. full written English word equivalents (one, two, ...
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What explains involuntary imitation of behavior such as shrugging?

Recently, I watched a discussion program on TV and one of the participants shrugged. I found that, not only did I do the same, but I seemed to do it in synchrony the speaker. I didn't want to do this, ...
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Do introverted people have more emotional stress?

Social support has several times been linked to psychological well-being and even physical health. Some studies have also shown that shyness correlates stronger with introversion than with ...
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Is it ethically appropriate for a client to buy their psychologist a gift?

I have been having free psychology therapy in my school for almost one year. Now the therapeutic relationship is coming to end. I want to give a small gift to my therapist to show my gratitude when my ...
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Is the Flynn effect in conflict with other studies of intelligence heritablity?

Studies comparing identical and fraternal twins, or occasionally identical twins reared apart have mostly concluded that there is a pretty high heritability of IQ. These studies, in particular the ...

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