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Why are people biased against overweight people?

Several studies have shown that alot of people are biased to underestimate\undervalue overweight people: ...
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Infants tend to look longer at novel stimuli than at repeated stimuli, is this true in adults?

I have recently read an article in which it is stated, that the researchers can discriminate if a baby knows an object, by looking at the length of time the baby looks at the object. Do adults also ...
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Emotional detachment as a reaction can be considered an aggressive behavior?

Social Rejection from Wikipedia rejection can be passive, by ignoring a person, or giving the "silent treatment". Is it possible to say that the victim of a verbal aggression who hide or ...
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How can higher concepts get unrolled with upward and feedback connections differing?

In the neocortex, input patterns are compressed hierarchically. Sensory inputs in the lower levels are combined by higher levels to form abstract concepts. However, there are even more feedback ...
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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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Online Interviews for Study on Bilingualism

I'm still fairly new to this field and need your help. For my study on bilingualism, I need to interview and record participants, rather than having them write their answers. Is there a software you ...
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To which extent our beliefs and needs for knowledge shape our subjective reality?

This question is rather hard to formulate. I'm trying to understand how the mind filters and selects information to custom fit it to expectations/assumptions/hopes/needs for knowledge: To which ...
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What does it mean that every archetype is bipolar?

Carl Gustav Jung claimed that every archetype is bipolar - it has destructive and creative side. I would like to understand it better. What does this destuctive and creative words mean in Jungs ...
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Which theories explain that given a choice of hard and easy tasks one would pick the easy one?

Which theories deal with cost benefit analysis? For example, given a binary choice of hard and easy tasks (eg. Picking low hanging fruit, stealing what is not bolted down, cheating on a test, taking a ...
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Is touch sensitivity higher for females?

I read a long time ago that in a study of two-week old infants response to touch, the female babies were far and away more sensitive. In most gender comparisons, there are the familiar "two humps" in ...
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Valence conveyed in simple geometric shapes

I've seen neuroscience and facial recognition studies that give evidence for this idea of simple geometric shapes causing emotional responses or quicker recognition of negative affect. Are there ...
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What is the difference between 'stereoscopic depth' and 'crossed/uncrossed disparity'?

When describing a method of manipulating depth perception in visual stimuli?
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What causes dopamine in our body [closed]

I was curious as to know what are the natural causes for the secretion of dopamine in our body. Are there any specific foods that increases the dopamine level? It is said that dopamine are usually ...
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Is there a psychological concept about erratic (long term) memorisation?

I'm asking as much to improve my study skills as out of curiosity. Is there any research into when memorisation fails? Specifically, why the same person can sometimes routinely fail to remember ...
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47 views

Is the heart conscious?

I have read that our heart can think like our brain. Of course it doesn't have complete functionality of brain but it has its own consciousness. Is it true?
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39 views

If a person constantly invalidates your feelings are she a narcissist?

If someone constantly invalidates your experiences and feelings does that mean they are a narcissist? For example, if I am really hurt by someone and I go to a friend for support and this person ...
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11 views

In what sense is cognitive science normative?

Since behavior is bound to norms and can for example have legal or social ramifications or consequences, and since cognitive science predicts behavior and measures behavior, is it true that cognitive ...
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Do hormonal factors cause a trend of lower IQ in women?

This is a hard question to ask without coming off as a sexist, merely via the title, so I'd like to make one thing clear right away: I understand that men and women have an identical capability of ...
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42 views

How does the brains “focused” and “diffused” modes facilitate learning?

I am insatiably curious about the topic of "accelerated learning". Think about that scene in the matrix where trinity downloads the skill of how to fly a helicopter into her brain in a few seconds. ...
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Highly reward based environments and child psychology

What effects do highly reward based environments on children? Do the effects include the following when those children grow up: low self-control. low empathy. As said in Alfred Adlers book, ...
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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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What are the neurotransmitters responsible to learning?

What are the neurotransmitters responsible to learning and how do they affect learning? is there drugs to enhance learning through neurotransmitters without side effects?
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Reciting Reverse Order Alphabet vs Reverse Order Counting

Observation A: It's easy to recite the alphabet. It's hard to recite the alphabet backwards. Observation B: It's easy to recite the number 1 to 26. It's easy to recite the number 1 to 26 backwards. ...
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Which parts of the brain are affected by dopamine?

Does dopamine spread and interact across the whole brain? If not, which areas are affected most and which least?
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Is k-winner a biological plausible model of inhibition?

In the Leabra cognitive architecture, sparse representations are created by simply ignoring all but the k strongest activations, if I understand correctly. In Hierarchical Temporal Memory, instead, ...
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How do neuro transmitters interact with neurons in the brain?

I think emotions and hormones frames the overall thinking processes of the brain. However, I'm interested in how this works on a neuronal level. For example, dopamine is some kind of reward signal for ...
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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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68 views

Does anger lower a person's cognitive ability?

For me it seems that getting angry or irritated makes me less intelligent but it didn't try testing it. Has there indeed been such tests or anything else about testing IQ levels of different moods for ...
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Are inhibitory synapses the cause of not doing something?

Imagine you are driving your car, in front of you, you see a wall. What prevents us from driving against the wall? Is this accomplished by the brain having inhibitory synapses established here?
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Denial of evidence and reason [duplicate]

Some people form a belief and become absolutely resistant to any contrary evidence or reasoning. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, these people stick to their beliefs. I'm pretty sure this is ...
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1answer
20 views

What is the definition of a receptive field?

I have read the wikipedia article on receptive fields (RFs). There, a receptive field is defined as: The receptive field of an individual sensory neuron is the particular region of the sensory ...
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1answer
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What is the location of the center-surround receptive fields of retinal ganglion cells?

I have read wikipedia article about receptive fields of visual system and it states the following: The receptive field is often identified as the region of the retina where the action of light ...
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25 views

How are action potentials initiated in the absence of stimuli?

I understand that action potentials can be initiated by sensory transduction. However when we simply think, for example when dreaming, with no/little stimuli, how do we initiate action potentials to ...
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Phycological model for use in a game engine

Pardon me if I use any incorrect terminology, but I am not very familiar with the field of psychology. Are there any (preferably somewhat prevalent) cognitive models of human behavior that might be ...
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Is there a more recent book like “How People Learn”?

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, is apparently a good informative material for lay people interested in learn more about educational psychology and it's applications for school. ...
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Why being ignored is 'painful' for human beings?

Ignoring someone is a manipulatory technique used at times. Ignoring the attacks of someone else through emotional detachment has a very strong effect on the attacker. Is there a name for this kind ...
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Can adults adapt to less sleep?

I am asking whether adults, especially in circumstances like a monastery or Zen center, can become able long-term to sleep only about 4 to 5 hours a night? So, that would mean: no children to care ...
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Is there a tag for those create exhaustive lists of opportunities?

When someone is incapable of making a choice on behalf of others, and structures everything they do to present every possible option and opportunity, what tends to be the cause of this?
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What are the effects of prolong overeating on cognitive abilities?

Are there any effects on concentration, working memory, recall due to overeating. If there are, what are they?
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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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Categorization of Lewin's Work

I'm trying to categorize Kurt Lewin's work, specifically his force field model and his three-step model of change. From what I read, he was strongly influenced by the Gestaltists and he's considered ...
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Understanding neuronal firing in the context of Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity

When discussing Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity in neurons, when we say that a neuron fires do we mean it fires only one spike? Or do we still say "the neuron has fired" when a train of n spikes was ...
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61 views

How do I make myself think before I act? [closed]

How do I suppress strong emotions in favour of doing the right thing?
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1answer
35 views

Toolbox for modelling visual search performance

I'm looking for a toolbox to model visual search performance in a singleton search task based on line orientations (you need to find a line that is most different from all others in it's orientation). ...
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What personality factors are related to an inability to urinate at a mensroom urinal?

I noticed sometimes I couldn't pee in to pissoir when someone is nearby but sometimes I could. Additionally some of my friends can comfortably pee at any condition while others can't. So I was ...
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Identify influencers in a small group

If you are unfamiliar with the theory of influencers, the basic idea is that there are a certain number of people who have the ability to direct the opinions of their group. Is there a general way to ...
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Why do people want to be parents? [closed]

Please please do not think that this is a rant... So, I have never had a desire to have children. (I am male, so cannot 'have' them anyway, but...) The reason is simple: I was not especially happy as ...
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Effectiveness of self-prescribed marijuana for depression

How common is it for patients diagnosed with depression to self-prescribe themselves marijuana after trying prescription anti-depressants? Is there any evidence that this self-treatment is effective ...
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Understanding the difference between empathy and need for social contact in this article on empathetic voles

So I saw this interesting article titled, “Consoling Voles Hint at Animal Empathy.” The basic idea stated is if voles have a relationship, and are then separated and one of the voles sees the other ...
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Hunger: Blood Sugar, Hypothalamus, and the Pancreas (Very confused!)

Our psychology textbook discusses the causes and regulators of hunger, but it's awfully confusing. Here's what it says: "The ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) may be involved in stopping the eating ...

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