# All Questions

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### How does motivation and performance vary from day to day between mathematical and artistic activity?

Background: I've noticed that my performance in math class varies on a day-to-day basis, but I also tend to feel artistic on certain days (and enjoy playing songs on my guitar or writing poems). When ...
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### Any research showing success teaching with smell?

CogSci holds that smell is the sense that has the most strong/immediate capability to trigger memories. It is discussed, in awe. We see anecdotes such as the sudden striking memory of sitting in your ...
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### Beliefs of polemical people

Are there studies on the beliefs of polemical people? Has anyone tried to classify the most common beliefs behind the automatic thoughts of polemical people?
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### Can observing a composite photo of one's own face have an impact on own personality?

A while back I created an iPhone app that helps me create a composite like the one below. Can observing such a composite have an impact of attributing the qualities perceived in the composite to ...
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### Can we explain the tendency of investors dollar cost averaging in terms of loss aversion?

For those unfamiliar with the term Dollar cost averaging (DCA) is an investment strategy for reducing the impact of volatility on large purchases of financial assets such as equities. By ...
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### Do our brains have difficulties detecting no?

In most business seminars, or in movie the secret, for example, it is said that if we want to be rich we need to believe we want to be rich. We got to want peace, not anti war. We got to be pro ...
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### Which psychoactive drugs have the most buildup in the eye?

Many drugs can build up in the body and interfere with the curvature of the lens in the eye due to toxicity. Which psychoactive drugs tend to build up in the lens the most?
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### According to research what is the most optimal tapering method for coming off of antidepressants?

According to research what is the most optimal tapering method for coming off of antidepressants? Is there a general method for all antidepressants or is specific to classes, types and dose of ...
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### What are the cognitive and neurological effects of short term and long term relationships?

I have in my lifetime experienced many relationships of vary forms but few loves. Does the type of relationships a person has engaged in shaped the way they think? What are the cognitive and ...
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### Do any supplements or psychoactive drugs for improving memory have solid long term research?

The non effects of vitamins has been in the new frequently recently. Do any supplements or psychoactive drugs for improving memory have solid long term research?
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### Is recall for an appropriately color coded string of symbols a good measure of level of synesthesia?

The Wiki page on Grapheme–color synesthesia says: ... one recent study has documented a case of synesthesia in which synesthetic associations could be traced back to colored refrigerator magnets. ...
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### How to analyse physiological measurements acquired by MP150 modules for auditory experiments?

I am seeking the best forums or web documents to search for examples on how to analyze data from physiological measurements acquired by a set of MP150 modules during a cognitive psychology experiment ...
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### Effect of mid-day sleep on mood and performance

Is there any clearly identifiable reason explaining why sleeping during the day (for longer than 30 minutes) could produce lowered mood, difficulty in concentrating, overall decreased cognitive ...
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### What causes someone to scapegoat?

What is the psychological mechanism which triggers scapegoating? What emotions cause someone to blame an individual for something which was a group effort? Like in a family when a certain child is ...
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### What is the possibility that research in neuroscience can lead to a new kind of mathematics?

The mathematics of astrophysics is far more complicated. That scientists say the brain is the most complex organ we know. So will mathematics evolve to tackle such complexity? Or does the required ...
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### The propensity of sexuality to be a taboo subject

Social norms vary between cultures and have throughout history. In most societies, the expression of sexuality is demonised to a certain extent. This is apparent in the shame brought to people ...
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### Are armed offenders ready to use their weapons?

Are there any statistics about what proportion of armed attackers are willing to hurt or kill as opposed only using their weapons as a threat? E.g. There were cases when a self-confident victim ...
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### Does anyone know of any single item scales for alertness?

I am looking for a quick and short way to assess participants' alertness, hopefully with a validated single-item measure.
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### Are job roles wrongly downplayed based on the perception of who is performing them?

This could apply to any number of roles, but the one I had in mind was "secretary." In say, the Middle Ages, a secretary was always a man, and handled the correspondence, (and much of the other ...
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### What evolutionary process(es) are thought to have enabled humans to experience dreams?

As some theories suggest, most, if not all, biological features in organisms exist due to environmental factors that trigger the organism's eventual adaptation to these factors for survival purposes. ...
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### What creates the experience of “erasure” in visual perception?

When I was reading about object substitution masking, the author mentioned that sometimes we experience "erasure" of masked object. I sometimes have this kind of experience myself. It looks like the ...
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### What are the neurobiological mechanisms behind clumsiness

Some people are inherently clumsy (including your's truly). Everything from frequently stubbing their toes to, as in my case 2 days ago, falling down a single step and managing to crack a rib and ...
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### Being addicted to two games at the same time?

Is it possible to be addicted to two games at the same time? To be drawn towards the addictive powers of both the games at the same time? I my experience, whenever i am drawn towards one game, I just ...
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### Are “diagnostic” senses/feelings for brain study possible?

Modern science has quite an array of methods trying to localize and analyze brain activity, trying to get down to individual neurons firing: EEG, fMRI, CT, etc. This requires very expensive machines ...
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### Definition of or research on fun

What does research have to say about defining "fun"--what it is or when it happens? I've found some research on whether or not people rate specific things as fun, and lots of misleading titles with ...
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### What is sleeplessness, and how is it different from being awake and being asleep?

I had a very bad night tonight. I went to bed extremely tired, but could not sleep. Unfinished business and other worries were circling in my mind. After what felt like maybe twenty minutes of tossing ...
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### Central and peripheral route dilemma

Pretend a woman watching tv and she is moved by the speaker's credibility and his ability to speak at length on the new product. She also notes that he is attractive. So in this case she is likely ...
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### Tendencies for infidelity and shopping - are they related?

I came to think of an article I read once, which claimed that infidelity and shopping(impulsive shopping?) are both linked to the same personality trait - the ability to control our impulses and ...
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### What chemical or neurological mechanism causes the feeling of fulfillment?

We all know that someone can find intense pleasure in something without finding it fulfilling. But what causes our feeling of fulfillment? If I knew what it was, I could be more fulfilled and ...
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### Big 5 and the routes to persuasion - Any studies on correlations here?

Reading about the routes to persuasion, it occurred to me that most people appear to be using one of the system above the other. Some people use system 1 much more, some people use system 2 much more. ...
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### Do intuitive people overlook facts more often than others?

I read an article on thinking and choices, system#1 and system#2 etc. It is said that system#1, our 'intuition' and gut feeling, has a fatal tendency to overlook\ignore facts. We all know from ...
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### What is the result of an excess of dopamine?

I'm pretty familiar with the results of having not enough dopamine, though the reasons are not so clear to me. To get a better insight on the topic I'd like to know something about having too much ...
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### How does the brain fix sound pitch to one's expectations (or imagination)?

When I was little and was bored supposed to do a homework I used to enjoy hearing melodies in the dishwasher monotone banging - yep, I'm easily distracted. I also observe that, unless they're ...
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### How to calculate the magnitude of the potential that will develop across the membrane?

If a cell is only permeable to K+ the inside of the cell is at 100mM KCL and outside at 1mM KCL What is the magnitude of the potential that will develop across the membrane?
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### Is there a link in sexual attraction between masculine males and feminine females?

I've been wondering whether there can be a link between the grade of masculinity\feminity of an individual and other individuals who are found attractive. I.e will an above avg masculine male be above ...
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### Exercise vs. Mediation

I have noticed that I feel much more mentally sharp after doing an hour of moderate exercise in the morning. On the contrary, when I meditate, I feel no such difference in my mental alertness. Isn't ...
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### How generalization affects self esteem

I am not much familiar with psychological concepts or cognitive science but I do much analyze my thoughts. One thing I suffer is generalization. For example if I receive reward in a situation or be ...
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### Rogers' incogruence: which selves

I'm trying to understand Carl Rogers' humanistic approach to personality. AFAICT there are three kinds of self images: perceived self: what we believe we are ideal self: what we would like to be ...
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### What cognitive processes or thinking styles are associated with being a sociable person?

I think one effective factor to happiness is how much one is social, social people are comfortable with other people, appearance on society, less hesitated on what to say and not to say. They ask ...
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### Do all humans have some amount of prions?

I understand that some humans can have prions that develop into neural diseases, but do all of us have at least some amount of prions in our bodies, and more specifically our brains?
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### Two types of routines

Can anyone one provide counterexamples to the following: The assumption that all human behavioural level activity (i.e. no sub-personal or subconscious processes) can be bifurcated into two kinds of ...
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### Is there a name for a personality trait (or psychological condition?) for adopting the accent, mannerisms, idioms or traits of others?

Is there a name for a personality trait (or psychological condition?) for adopting the accent, mannerisms, idioms or traits of others? I mean, unconsciously adopting, not "consciously making fun of". ...
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### How does performance relative to others affect motivation and absolute performance?

Suppose someone is given performance feedback relative to others, for example via a ranking procedure like a leaderboard. Is it best for later performance and motivation to receive feedback showing ...
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### Does nearing sleep onset distort our conscious imagination?

My imagination is pretty real, when I imagine lifting my hand there, I instantaneously feel it. But I tried to imagine at night on the bed that I am diving in the ocean, and every time I dive 1-2 ...
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### Are there validated measures to perception of decision making process alignment?

I want to test an idea about how the perception of decision making process alignment with another party influences the tendency to accept information from that party. For example, if my wife and I ...
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### How to web scrape images of famous individuals to build mnemonic dominic system?

I know the following question may not fall into the Cognitive Sciences community, but perhaps you have went through this situation, and could have an answer. I am building my system of 100 names ...