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Would Artificial Super-Intelligence From Science Fiction “Speed Up” The Brain and Wear it Out Faster Leading to Earlier Death?

In stories such as Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, the main character, Charlie Gordon, receives an operation on his brain that triples his intelligence. Could something like this be achieved if ...
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The limits of fear: Could one really survive an encounter with the Alien? [closed]

Please help me out in my effort to better understand the emotion of extreme fear. I will use the example of Ridley Scott’s film “Alien” featuring H.R. Giger’s Xenomorph preying on the crew of the ...
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Can curiosity be described as an emotion?

Can curiosity be described as an emotion? In one hand it is definitely an emotion in the sense that is a feeling. IT feels like you want to know something. Furthermore it can be pleasant or ...
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Can suggestion change memories?

I came up with this question because of my personal experience. I think it may help you understand my question better, so I will describe it briefly. Piece of metal When I was a kid, I ...
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Why ADHD instead of ADD? / Why predominantly hyperactive-impulsive instead of predominantly-impulsive?

The types of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are: predominantly inattentive predominantly hyperactive-impulsive combined Not sure I understand. People with ADHD are hyperactive because of ...
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How does aggression transferring work neurologically?

Psychologist often prefict phenomena before they are scientifically observed. For example they have known for a long time that if you don't think about something for some time, you forget it. This can ...
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Can reading a non-fiction book with great curiosity account to taking a break?

In our day to day life, especially at work(in Office say a software company), due to the nature of work, it requires a lot of attention and deep involvement in the system/code. It is popular belief ...
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How does architecture impact cognition and mental health?

Research indicates that scenic, natural environments positively impact human health and mental well-being [1][2]. But what about the impact of man-made architecture and various architectural styles on ...
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Why are there ads inside trams which ask me to use the tram?

When I sit in my local tram/bus/any public transport, I notice ads which ask me to use the transport system which I do currently use. Seriously, I'm already using it at that time. Why placing ads for ...
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Is it possible to quantify/measure the effect of certain medication on our neurotransmitters and hormones?

Is it possible to display the effect of taking for example Prozac on level of Serotonin and other neurotransmitters/hormones in the body? More generally speaking s is it possible to say: taking 1mg ...
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Does thoughtfulness make us more susceptible to criticism? [closed]

I have noticed that when I am in a thinking mode and someone that matters to me such as my mother criticises me I keep thinking about it throughout the day and this has a negative impact on me and my ...
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Group differences reflecting different use of a rating scale vs actual difference in perception

I was reading a paper that reports average ratings of chords by two different groups of subjects (trained musicians, and non-musicians). The paper makes the argument that "These group differences ...
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Is there a technical term for someone being burnt out on something they enjoy?

What I mean is like how one might tire of a typical everyday activity they enjoy if they indulge in it too much, like how if you listen to your favorite album too many times you eventually won't be ...
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Why do Spiritual people try to sleep less?

In Monasteries and other spiritual contexts, there seems to be a "rule" that sleep is wasted time, and so the usual daily schedule only allows for about 4-5 hours of sleep. This might be enough for an ...
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Way to influence readers subconscious to memorize technical data?

I'm writing a technical book. Is there any studies/books on how can I influence the readers subconscious to help them memorize the technical data easier? Preferably ways that do not involve images, ...
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In SPSS, should you change the significance level for One way ANOVA post-hocs?

When running a one-way ANOVA, selecting "Post-hoc" and ticking "Bonferroni": There is a box at the bottom which says "significance level" and the default is 0.05. My question is: should I leave the ...
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Name the bias when one attributes all group successes to the individual they're in contact with the most

This is the fallacy when one assumes that all successful outcomes were most likely thanks to that one individual that they always communicate with, and fail to recognize (consciously or ...
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Generic terms/concepts

How are generic concepts like "object" (as in "everything is an object") wired within the brain structure? Are all other concepts directly linked to those general concepts?
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Why do some people react verbally to intrusive thoughts and/or embarrassing memories?

It seems to me that there are two kinds of intrusive thoughts. The first consists of those thoughts that didn't actually occur in real life, but are nonetheless intrusive and embarrassing and ...
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'Always Give a Reason Why' - How to describe this subject area?

I summarise http://rayedwards.com/always-give-a-reason-why/: In Dr. Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence, he cites a research study showing that simply adding the word “because” to a request ...
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Is the ordering of Brodmann areas arbitrary?

A single Brodmann area is defined based off cellular composition. Are the Brodmann areas ordinal, and if so for what reason? (e.g. is there something that makes Brodmann area 1 the "first one", and ...
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Why are Children always so interested in adults?

I work as a kindergarten teacher, and it's always fascinating to me that children are so quick to be affectionate and take interest in what their teacher is doing. Is there an evolutionary reason for ...
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What transient factors affect performance on IQ tests?

While performance on intelligence tests aim to measure an underlying relatively stable trait, there are presumably a range of transient factors that could temporarily lower or possibly even raise ...
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Cognitive Models of learning Working Memory usage

Recently in deep learning, there's been a surge in learning how to use memories as part of the optimisation process (i.e. LSTM's and Stacks). However, these aren't really analogous to how a cognitive ...
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Cognitive impairment in long term prisoners

Are there any studies on the effects of long term imprisonment on cognitive abilities? I'm looking for something which focuses on cognitive impairment rather than other psychological issues.
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Can I use other softwares than Linger to run a self-paced reading task

I want to run an SPR experiment where participants will read sentences at their own pace. My problem lies in the fact of using 2 different languages English and Arabic at the same time. I tried it ...
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What does the death of a fictional character mean?

When a fictional character is killed, no one dies -- and the readers and viewers know this, no matter how much they identify with the story. So what does this narrative device actually mean? Is there ...
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Why compare a target group to a control group when population norms are available?

I am reading now many studies about juvenile offending and delinquency, and there are always compared offenders´ results from different tests (for example personality, IQ) with control group. I am ...
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The prisoner dilemma does not violate classical probability laws

To read before (following some answers or comments) My background: As a mathematician, probability theory is my field of research; please do not answer/comment just to refer to a course on ...
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Technical term for the displaying of 'bad' traits to seem more likeable

What is the technical name for the public display of personal traits that are unproductive or unhealthy as an attempt to make oneself seem more likeable or relatable? (e.g procrastination)
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Should I learn the day before an exam if I am already confident enough?

I am confident of my knowledge because I’ve studied and practiced long enough. Tomorrow is the exam. Which is better of the following, given I have the time to practice even more. I would have a good ...
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Are there any pain scales which measure how much of the body is in pain?

Are there any pain scales which talk about the extent of pain, i.e. how much of the body is in pain? I'm in the process of trying to work out whether several lesions, hurt with the same intensity as ...
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What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?

There are many theories/disciplines that have been categorized as pseudoscience in the scientific community. The list includes many things that are regularly even quoted in media like graphology, ...
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Where can I find a real, reliable, iq test that someone could take multiple times?

I'm trying to find a real, reliable, accurate IQ test, that someone could take multiple times (so maybe has randomized questions?). It is for a study involving IQ and video games.
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Is it possible to think of something that doesn't contain anything exists?

Is it possible to think of something that does not contain anything that already exists? If not, why? Examples. Flying alligators are animals. Flying straws are straws. Is it possible for our ...
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Can neuron change from excitatory to inhibitory (end vice versa) over time?

According to this answer a neuron can release only specific type of neurotransmitters at the time, however, could it change over time? For example a neuron that now releases only inhibitory ...
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Where is motor skill function located within the brain?

Does the neural activity that correlates with motor skill function tend to be focused near or far from the outer surface of the brain, or both? And what about perception? My deeper curiosity being: ...
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Are there any reliable studies about colors and emotions?

It is rather common knowledge that black and yellow indicate danger, blue trust, green and red appetite, warm colors warmth, and cool colors cold. Please, recommend me any studies or literature about ...
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Do people with brighter smiles feel brighter? [closed]

People's facial shape when smiling are different. Some are bright, some looks like there's a bit embarrassment, others may be with a twist, even if they are all smiling from true happiness. These ...
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Voltage sensitive dyes technique: What is the underlying measure?

I just discovered voltage sensitive dyes technique: I have seen that figures are labelled with dF/F0, what does it stands for?
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Do ALL decisions arouse cognitive dissonance?

I continue to see an oversimplification in the descriptions of the options available that arouse cognitive dissonance: some websites state that all decisions have positive and negative aspects that ...
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What does the statement mean “50% of happiness is determined by genetics”?

I posted the question "Is 50% of a happiness determined by genetics?" on Skeptics but realize I don't fully understand the claim. What does it mean that 50% of happiness is determined by genetics? ...
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Learning to think?

Do we need to learn to 'think' or is it an ability that we are born with? By 'think' I mean neurons firing in a certain way to provide useful information (although since I am not strong in this ...
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How to deal with a narcissistic parent?

I am a scholar of social psychology and came across something that left me wondering. I've recently read about narcissism and the characteristics of a narcissist. It appears through my research that a ...
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what are the components of logical mathematical intelligence?

what are the components of logical mathematical intelligence? The logical mathematic intelligence is one among the multiple intelligences suggested by Howard Gardner. I require the components of the ...
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How would a psychopath deem their actions?

I understand that a psychopath experiences diminished or non-existent empathy and remorse as well as dis-inhibition meaning that they have a certain 'meanness' and a poor impulse control. I am ...
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What are the psychological differences in camelCase and underscore_case programming conventions?

In computer programming, spaces are often forbidden in the declaration of variable names, so programmers have created alternate methods of identifying word boundaries in variable names: camel case and ...
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Is it a phenomenon that explicit rules encourage others to find loopholes?

Does the explicitness of rules affect how ardently those affected by the rules attempt to circumvent them? For example, in a game where the rule says "do not communicate", then the players would not ...
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Why do people talk fast in presentations when nervous?

I was at a professional development seminar today, and the presenter, while being interesting and knowing his subject admitted to being nervous and was speaking very fast. I know I do this when I am ...
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How to explain utility function from personality, beliefs and ongoing emotions?

Economists widely use utility function (and more broader approach called hedonistic regression) but are there explanations or derivations of utility function from the perspective of cognitive sciences ...

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