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Which commodity technologies offer useful neuroimaging data?

Do any commodity technologies exist that offer useful neuroimaging data? By commodity I mean lowish cost and not requiring specialist technicians to run. By useful I mean able to reliably provide ...
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What is Joan suffering from in this example? [closed]

Joan has seen several specialists and undergone numerous diagnostic tests to determine the cause of her recurring headaches and episodes of dizziness. The doctors are perplexed and can seem to find ...
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Can habits be implemented by playing mental scenarios or playing things in your head?

A significant amount of people say that you need to do things over and over again to implement a habit into your subconscious mind where you no longer have to think to do it. If, let's say, I want to ...
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What do depressants treat? Are they used in bipolar to treat mania?

I don't understand the Wikipedia article on depressants. This is what I have gathered: Depression and anxiety disorders are treated by antidepressants. Narcolepsy, ADHD, obesity, smoking addiction, ...
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Incomplete sentences

I am looking for studies which looks at understanding and preference of incomplete sentences. For example, is there a higher workload for (in)complete sentences or even though the sentence might be ...
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How to efficiently use a statistical consultant?

I a fairly solid grasp of Statistics and have taught statistics to both undergraduate and graduate Psychology students. There are, however, sizable gaps in my knowledge and I have attempted to employ ...
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Good news or bad news first

Is it true that people handle bad news better if they got told good news first, or do they 'forget' the good news if the bad news is told after? Is it better to save the good news for last so the ...
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What are the differences between formulating a response in speech vs. formulating a written response?

I am specifically interested in the difference between these two processes during producing a response to a question. What are the differences of the cognitive process between those two scenarios? I ...
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What correlation research has been done on MBTI vs Big5?

Big5 is probably the most used personality model in research, while MBTI has not gained status of being scientifically supported. What exact research has been done on correlating the two models? ...
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Is something not worth remembering?

Does it affect brain negatively if I remember unimportant things? In other words: Is the capacity of the brain (or just too much chaotic data densed together) sometimes a significant factor for an ...
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How to computationally model the Wisconsin Card Sorting task?

The Wisconsin Card Sorting task is rather famous but appears to be quite difficult to model computationally. I work in RL and I am interested in how people learn the optimal strategy. I'm interested ...
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Do gating mechanisms in the neocortex have individual degrees for all gated connections?

For example, the upward connection between layers in the neocortex flows through the Thalamus which is assumed to have a gating function. I wonder whether there is a single value per gate, ...
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Relation of spoken sentence length and processing time required

I would like to know if there is some good research that tried to put spoken sentence length and its processing time in simple relation without focusing on meaning of words etc. It would be nice to ...
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How are positions and counts of higher concepts encoded in sparse representations?

I understand that levels in the sensorimotor hierarchy of the brain learn recurring features of their input streams. The results are activation patterns with single neurons firing for the existence of ...
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Can hypnotherapy help to change my tastes in food?

First a few disclaimers: I am from a scientific background but a marine biology and computing one, so I apologise if I get any concepts wrong, but I will try my best. I have never been hypnotised, ...
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In what ways do our brains use compression?

I am reading a book on information theory and one line in the book states that "Brains are the ultimate compression and communication systems." However, there is no further elaboration on the matter. ...
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Why do we wake up when we die in our dreams?

A lot of people had some experience with dying in their dreams. They all confirm they remember the whole story until the precise moment of death and it is the death itself what woke them up - not ...
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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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Modeling plateau potentials

We are attempting to run simulations of the C. Elegans neuronal network by building upon work of the OpenWorm team. We are looking into implementing a neuron model that produces plateau potentials ...
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What are the rules that govern neuron behavior?

This is what I know so far: Neurons are nodes with a number called the threshold. Neurons are connected to other neurons through directed axons. Axons take the signals produced by neurons and ...
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What is the easiest way to memorize big amounts of information (a.k.a. learning for exams)?

I consider myself a person with above average intelligence, that is, I am able to understand complex systems with relative ease. My weak point however is that I've always struggled with memorizing. ...
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Why is that civil engineering courses for example concrete structure more relies on knowlege than economics, finance, statistics and mathematics?

Why is that civil engineering courses for example concrete structure or mechanical engineering courses consider more relies on knowledge than economics, finance, statistics and mathematics? Is there ...
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Update to Apophenia and related tendencies?

Apophenia- The first use of the term is attributed to Klaus Conrad by Peter Brugger 1958, who defined it as the "unmotivated seeing of connections" accompanied by a "specific experience of an abnormal ...
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the use of life grid technique to overcome recall bias in a case control study

Can anyone give insights into the use of the life-grid technique to overcome recall bias in a young adult population? My study requires participants (aged 19 to 30 years) to recall information of ...
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Effects on cognition of musical training in adulthood

Learning to play an instrument has been said to be of great benefit for a child's brain, in regards to various cognitive functions. Are there known benefits of learning to play an instrument as an ...
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Is there any research on the psychological traits of people who care alot for dressing nicely?

I wonder about what psychological traits make some people care much for dressing and looking nice, while others could not care less for how they look. Is there any research on why people have so ...
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Is there any research on the personality of good and bad drivers?

I belive there is a link between personality and driving skills, via personal interests for cars, mechanical things, or something like it. Is there any research on typical personality for good and ...
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Does mastering a foreign language strengthen the pre-frontal cortex? [closed]

Main Question: Does mastering a foreign language strengthen the pre-frontal cortex? I remember taking a Cognition class, that claimed mastering a foreign language improves the brains higher ...
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Which hormones are known to cause which psychological effects?

This might be a very broad question, but I'm looking for gathering a list of any hormone that can cause psychological effects - especially long-term. I would like to build a list of psychological ...
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Which certificates in psychology are available purely online?

Are there any kind of certificates one could take in psychology, that does not require any degree and does not require live studying(online only)? Fake diplomas are ofcourse not to be included.
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Considering romance, would people prefer exclusivity or prosocial attitudes?

I have read earlier that people prefer retailers who scoff at "undeserving" customers rather than treat everyone with respect and pleasantries. Would the same apply in romance? There are plenty of ...
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Which study\studies say that customers prefer exclusivity to pleasantries?

I remember reading about research saying that customers prefer retail stores that feel exclusive, rather than pleasant stores that accept everyone. The conclusion was along the lines that the most ...
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Are there any equivalence between the Desikan-Killiany atlas to brodmann areas?

FreeSurfer makes inferences about volume, through the calculation of the surface of the brain. The parametric method (used in SPM) is a voxel-based statistics. FreeSurfer analysis does not map the ...
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What is a good example of a psychological theory that became formalized into neural and computational terms?

As far as I see it the goal of cognitive sciences is to find a description of mental processes in terms of neural computations that can be eventually formalized by a mathematical theory to generate ...
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Can SSRI make things worse in the long term or cause delayed depression?

I found two articles that mention that taking SSRI for depression can actually make the depression worse. "Now Antidepressant-Induced Chronic Depression Has a Name: Tardive Dysphoria" on Psychology ...
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When does the brain 'switch on'? [closed]

I am pursuing Computational Neuro-Science and learning about human Brain. After some reading I got this doubt that when does the brain actually gets switched on? Does it happen right in the mother's ...
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What causes an inability to recall a melody, beat, or music?

Background: I have never been able to recall melodies to songs. I can play a song over and over again but the moment it stops, I cannot remember what it sounds like. I am referring to the ...
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A question on synapses

we are looking into running simulations of the nervous system of C. Elegans. It is believed by most people that the worm's nervous system encodes information through graded potentials and/or plateau ...
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How common is it for twins conjoined at the head to share thoughts and visual stimuli?

I've always been interested in the possibility of a pair of conjoined twins, joined at the head, being able to read each other's thoughts, react to stimuli that one of them can't see/hear/feel, and ...
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How does listening to music decrease stress?

I'm interested in how listening to different types of music (such as jazz, classical, etc.) can help some people calm down. More specifically, how does the brain form a link between music heard and ...
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Is it psychologically advantageous to have the mindset of “I am my body”?

I have heard sources that aren't directly based on academic research that it's healthier to have a mindset of "I am my body" then to have a mindset of "I have my body". That the mindset of "I have my ...
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Can forgetting labor pain be an evolutionary advantage as animals don't know how to avoid labor?

I've often heard the claim that women are forgetting, or remembering labour and birth pain as being less severe. Some people say that this mechanism has an evolutionary advantage, as if it didn't ...
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How does one explain the irrational fear of approaching problems? [closed]

There is a particular problem I've had since as long as I can remember , but I always managed to shove it to the back of my head and ignore, albeit acknowledging its existence. I'll provide a bit of ...
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Which is a “good” model for introspection?

Are there any good models regarding introspection? I also wonder if introspection is a process specific attribute (thinking process: Depending on what I think, I am able to reflect/introspect) or if ...
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Is low self esteem pushing person toward maximizing (instead of being easily satisfied)

See the answer to this question: Is there a term that describes the personality trait of always desiring more? Schwartz and colleagues (2002) have proposed that people fall into two groups: ...
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Does listening via earphones at low volumes increases your hearing sensitivity?

I use earphones for prolonged periods at a Low or medium volume, generally hours at a time. I began to notice that I'm susceptible noise then I was before I started using earphones. Nobody else in ...
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Low agreeableness on argumentations with people confident in rethoric

In many discussions people show confirmation bias, self serving bias and mental rigidity. Assume one of the actor is very confident with rhetoric and shows really low agreeableness and a passive ...
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Can someone who is never speaking of himself and present himself as very altruistic be egocentric / narcissistic?

I've tried to make some searches on egocentrism and its opposite (Allocentrism). The definitions from Wikipedia are: Egocentrism is the inability to differentiate between self and other. More ...
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are statistic results of these two questions equal?

I am trying to make better user experience for my poll application and one of ideas I have for this is breaking multi choices poll to binary polls. Is statistical result of a question with these 4 ...
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How important is eye contact for attraction between a man and woman?

How important is eye contact for creating/inducing attraction & showing showing "confidence" towards them? What is the optimal eye locking duration between 2 persons for inducing this attraction? ...

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