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Does heritability define the person in terms of the population?

I recently read a statement that goes like this: heritability is a population construct. Isn't heritability dependent on genetic differences? Can someone provide an example of what it means to be a ...
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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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How does a person's personal belief of a meaning in life affect his\her life?

Some people believe their life has some "higher purpose". Some believe they must obey certain morals to secure a descent after-life. Some believe there is no after-life and that life is just a random, ...
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Flow diagram of how information flows through the brain?

I am a Artificial Intelligence researcher with a interest in neuroscience. I was wondering if flow diagrams exist of the way information flows from sensory inputs through the parts of the brain (and ...
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What is the relationship between the ego, amygdala and consciousness? [closed]

I've been reading a lot about emotional responses lately, and the following points seem to surface in different writings: "Amygdala is a very ancient system, intended to quickly alert a person ...
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What is the relationship between top-down mechanism and priming the visual system in the following experiment?

I am currently conducting an experiment where a subject is shown a series of photographs of various objects. Each photo contains a single object. Before showing the photograph, a screen with a text ...
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What's the optimal way to space out rewards in order to maximise motivation?

I'm working on an educational product, and we're thinking of introducing some gamified aspects to motivate students to use the product. One of these will be the concept of 'levels' - when a student ...
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Is there an interest in proposing a Neuroimaging site on Area 51? [migrated]

Apologies in advance if this question is more appropriate for the "meta" site. I apparently do not yet have privileges to post there. I was wondering if any members of this community might be ...
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Results from machine learning converging with results from neuroscience [closed]

I'm currently picking up deep learning, which is a trending method in the field of machine learning that have recently gained fame for breaking various records (for example in image recognition). It ...
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Why does strobe lighting trigger seizures in photosensitive epilepsy?

Photosensitive epilepsy (PSE) is a form of epilepsy in which seizures are triggered by visual stimuli that form patterns in time or space, such as flashing lights, bold, regular patterns, or ...
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50 views

Full list of the capabilities of human brain [closed]

I am studying the concept of multi-tasking. The premise upon which I am asking this question is my belief that multi-tasking is a myth(as discussed in a few books on the same topic) and that the brain ...
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Does classical music enhance intelligence in children more than other genres?

This question is based on a previous question I have written. For details, see here: http://parenting.stackexchange.com/q/21080/17089 Question: Are these claims actually saying classical music ...
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How does it come about that specific areas of the brain are associated with specific functions?

During the development of the human brain, specific areas come to perform specific functions. How (and when) does this differentiation come about? Presumably, some areas of the brain naturally take ...
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Does synesthesia lack symmetry?

Some synesthetes report seeing bright flashes when hearing a loud noise. However, in the same person, bright flashes of light are not reported as being loud. I've read of other examples like this; ...
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Is there a difference between hearing and decoding the sound?

I presume that deafness is the inability of hearing any sounds. And I presume that it may also be possible to be less able to decode sounds. In other words, an inability to translate or understand the ...
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Do subjects with a missing cerebellum have a superior ability to verbalize motion sequences?

Since the function of the cerebellum in patients with cerebellar hypoplasia needs to be taken over by other brain components such as the motor cortex, and since the cortex is the source of language, ...
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Can Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), or a magnets cap make you smarter?

According to wikipedia, TMS is a bunch of magnetic fields directed to the brain which stimulates and activates neurons. If I wear a cap full of magnets, will it stimulate my neurons? If yes, will a ...
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Neurobiology of addiction recovery [closed]

While addiction is one of the most studied topics in neurobiology, I don't see very much info on recovery. The information I have found is confusing. This one says striatal DAT bindings return to ...
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Jung (and MBTI): where did the idea of tertiary and inferior functions came from?

Four Jung's functions are used in MBTI to describe personality: primary, auxiliary, tertiary and inferior. General question: why this structure? Details: primary and auxiliary functions are enough ...
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How well do dogs remember their early lives? [closed]

I'm asking about all dogs, but the question was inspired by a specific dog. Here's the story: I bought my dog from an Amish family when she was only two months old, and a year or so later, I watched ...
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Moral Foundations Theory and trigger word combinations

Moral foundations theory splits morality into six categories. In his book, The Righteous Mind, Haidt mentioned that looking at church sermons of southern baptist vs less conservative christian Church ...
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Python MNE - reading EEG data from array [closed]

I have EEG data that comes in the form of a 3D numpy array (epoch * channel * timepoint). timepoint is a 256 element array containing each sampled timepoint (1s total, at 256Hz). epoch is an ...
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According to Yalom, what mental disorders are caused by inefficient anxiety coping strategies?

Irwin D. Yalom is a famous existential psychotherapist who's sporting his own theory about human psychology. Based on psychdynamics, he's stating that questions and thoughts pertaining to death, ...
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What do the weights of an artificial neural network represent in biological neurons?

In artificial neural networks the connections between neurons are a assigned numbers called "weights" or "parameters". As new data is fed into the neural net, these weights change. This is how the ...
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Generalizes Estimating Equations (GEE): How many factors are too many? [migrated]

how many factors (independent variables) are too many when running Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE)?
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Are younger people less capable of driving?

I've seen articles saying that teen drivers have the most accidents out of every age group. Those articles also claim that teen drivers are less capable of driving as their brains are less developed ...
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Is there a disorder that causes one to give inanimate objects human emotions? [closed]

For example, if one is using multiple pens to write something and has not used one of them in awhile, one may think it is "feeling" "left out" and so will switch to use that one. A logical mind KNOWS ...
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Can visual skills and short term memory be improved with practice?

I'm a mathematician and I've recently tried to solve more problems just using my mind. This requires visual and short memory skill. So my question is, will my ability improve with practice or is the ...
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How are psychological bio-markers discovered?

Recently, this paper claiming to be able to distinguish bipolar disorder from major depressive disorder via a urine sample has come to my attention. Despite reading the paper, I'm unable to ...
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How much communication is -really- verbal? [closed]

It is often said that only a small part of our daily communication is through words, sometimes accompanied with claims that X% is through words, Y% through body language, Z% facial expressions, etc. ...
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Where to find Social Problem-Solving Inventory–Revised Items List

I am doing my research in CBT and want to take some scoring. So I need to get SPSI-R complete kit, that will help me proceed my ...
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1answer
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Why does Asperger's Syndrome seem to overlap with high IQ?

A few of my friends have Asperger's Syndrome, and a number of other friends exhibit the symptoms but have not been formally diagnosed. Many of those people are also highly intelligent, and because of ...
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0answers
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What is the mechanism behind one's fascination in a topic or subject?

I've been reading about saliency and wondering about its relationship to human interests, particularly hobbies or fields of study. I am thinking that there are typically patterns in what kinds of ...
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Loss of deep thought/focus while on a computer [closed]

I've been fairly competent at math/programming activities throughout my life, and for me, those activities require focus and deep thought so I can zone in on a problem and solve it. When I was ...
2
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1answer
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How does excess of dopamine affect one's mental health?

If a person takes dopamine increasing medication for some illness, what effect will it have on his/her mental health considering that medication doesn't target just one area of the brain ? In ...
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1answer
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Does Big 5 measure preferences for physical activity?

While working on my amateur studies on personality differences, I use both Big 5 and MBTI to map traits. Using the MBTI theories I can fairly easy recognize the "Sensing" personalities, those who ...
2
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1answer
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Do users of pictographically represented languages users have the same rates of dyslexia and dysgraphia?

I was wondering, given that a number represents a concept, unlike a letter that represents sound (that changes with context) - Do pictographic language users have similar rates of dyslexia and ...
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How common is the form of amnesia depicted in fictional works?

There are any number of movies and television shows based on some variation of the same premise: A character suffers some sort of mishap (the most frequent mishap being a bump on the head), which ...
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Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE): full factorial or separate interactions? [migrated]

I have a question regarding full-factorial design and separate interactions using Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE). My research is about spatial biases and choice between the left and right ...
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Research that shows that people infer causation from correlation

It is well known and frquently quoted that "correlation does not imply causation". Nonetheless, I've scoured the wikipedia article "Correlation does not imply causation" and the relevant keywords in ...
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Can someone clarify whether the term “heuristic” as used in psychology can be used to refer to an intentionally chosen strategy?

In my cognitive psychology class, we discussed heuristics. An example of a heuristic is loss aversion. Thus, in this context, a heuristic seems to be a general rule of thumb for how people behave. ...
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Parasite that takes over cognitive functions [closed]

I am testing an idea for a book. The backbone of the story is that there exists a parasite that can enter the brain of a creature and take over its cognitive functions. I imagine that it could wire ...
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1answer
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Why do we like stories?

Almost everyone likes a good story, the way in which it is delivered matters, but most people love a good story in one form or another, whether it's delivered through conversation, a book, a video ...
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1answer
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Why did humans develop the “sense of humour”? [closed]

Speaking from the point of view of evolutionary psychology, is there any research that demonstrates why a 'sense of humor' may be a part of our mental mechanisms? Does research show that it is a way ...
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910 views

Does high IQ correlate with good social skills?

Are people with a high IQ more likely to have good social abilities? Are they more likely to be popular? Wikipedia lists that IQ helps with school performance, job performance and income. It's ...
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Is there any research into the effect of stand up desks on hyperactive symptoms?

The hyperactivity symptom of ADHD includes a compulsion to move or fidget. In a workplace environment, this can become a distraction to the person with ADHD, as well as the people around him. It ...
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How is doing a manipulation check different from doing the analysis on the main dependent variable?

How is doing a so-called manipulation check (i.e. checking to see whether the different groups actually differ for different levels of the independent variable) different from doing - as a main ...
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1answer
73 views

Why do people who stutter have less difficulty singing than speaking?

From what I have read, stutterers tend to have much less trouble singing than speaking. Do we know why this is the case?
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Do introverts engage in too much self-control or do they lack impulsivity?

Regardless of whether people are extraverts or introverts, if they are asked to act in an extraverted way, this improves their mood (for example Zelenski and others 2012). My question is concerns the ...
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What are the consequences of prolonged cognitive dissonance?

We know that situations that induce cognitive dissonance cause a variety of interesting behaviors in humans. But do we know why relieving cognitive dissonance is such a powerful motivator? What ...

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