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Is it hard to change people's beliefs without resorting to marketing techniques? And if so, why?

Background: Dale Carnegie was the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. He was the author of How to Win ...
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Most common cognitive biases? [closed]

I'm a amateur student of cognitive biases and psychological traps and have been reading some of the work of Kahneman, Tversky, Gilovich et al along with more popular books like Cialdini's "Influence." ...
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Comprehensive encyclopedia of nootropics for medical researchers and practitioners

Is there a clinically-researched and tested encyclopedia (or similar resource) covering all available nootropics currently known? The Wikipedia article was a helpful first stop; but I'm searching for ...
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Is there a cognitive psychology theory for social curiosity? [closed]

Lets say there are two persons denoted $p_1$ and $p_2$ who share some common friends denoted $N$. $p_1$ is told that $N$ of his friends are interacting with $p_2$. This generates an inherent ...
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Is psychology already using machine learning, neural network and data-mining?

For who doesn't know the concepts presented by machine learning, neural network, data-mining or artificial intelligence techniques 20 Question can be a nice point to start from. It's a website ...
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The following self-help books are giving some advice. The first book for having friends, reach success, reach friend approval and so on. The second for avoiding nevrosis and living better in the ...
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Is rationalization needed for learning human behaviors?

What's the purpose of rationalization, specifically in modeling human behaviors? It is true that people use rationalization to prevent/avoid/justify disappointment?
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What makes people like Abraham Lincoln step up to lead in times of danger? [closed]

Part way through the audiobook Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, this question came to mind. Would Lincoln do it over again? Knowing the burden of being president during the trying times of the ...
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What to call a male who has the following traits: shy, effeminate, disinterested in sports, ambitious, introverted, seeking intimacy

I read a wikipedia article a while ago characterizing a certain kind of male. It was something along the lines of being shy/effeminate, but not exactly. Characteristics: less likely to be ...
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What kinds of maths to learn for understanding dynamical systems in cognitive science? [closed]

A current trend in cognitive science is to view the mind as a dynamical system (e.g., Continuity of Mind by Spivey, in which cognition is understood as a "continuous and often recurrent trajectory ...
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Inducing long term low latent inhibition [closed]

From what I have gathered of low latent inhibition, it is an extreme increased level of dopamine in the brain.. dopamine is a neurotransmitter and hormone. Increasing it has many advantages and a ...
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Why do some individuals enjoy watching horror movies? [closed]

What is a scientific explanation for why some people enjoy watching horror movies?
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What test can be used to measure memory? [closed]

We want to have a test to determine the status of a person's memory. For example, a good test might consist of multtiple choice questions and take 5 - 10 minutes. The end result would be a summary ...
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Could an ethic stating that everyone should care about himself go into justifying exploitment?

Let's assume that one man has the following belief: 1) Everyone has to take care of himself; it's not mandatory for people to be nice and good, it's mandatory to defend ourselves from others and to ...
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What would be a good mathematical model of “respect” [closed]

Say there is a king that punish the guilty and reward the loyal. Say that king is respected. Then peasants are less likely to rebel against a king they respect. Is respect then a believe that a ...
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Impact of religious beliefs in cognition

I'm an atheist, but I wanted to understand the impact of religion in cognition. For example, Kurt Gödel was a central figure in mathematical logic of the twentieth century. I studied his proof; it's a ...
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Are there other programs like MIRI for mathematics, intelligence and brain enthusiasts?

Are there other programs like MIRI for mathematics, intelligence and brain enthusiasts?
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Do smart drugs (nootropics) make you smarter?

Do nootropic drugs like modafinil make you smarter? Are they like coffee?Do they improve working memory?Is there a potential for a pill like NZT-48 from the movie Limitless? From Wikipedia (SPOILER ...
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Using natural language processing for traffic monitoring from video

I am stuck trying to learn how to use video processing as explained in the linked papers in the area of human behavior detection or traffic surveillance (any kind of monitoring activity). In ...
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When I smoke my cigarettes why do I feel smart? [closed]

I dunno why I feel smart after getting some smokes in.