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How does one respond to an ADD/ADHD diagnosis of one's self or one's child?

I read: Is ADHD even a thing? This kind of question can be offensive to some. The same kind of thing can be applied to other conditions: Is depression even a thing? Or are they just ...
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Are introverts more talkative in written form than extroverts?

We all know that extroverts are in general more talkative than introverts in oral form. But how about written communication? After having talked with lots of people on the internet and met several of ...
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Personality trait in which the person's style is evident in all they do?

What is the term for the personality trait in which the person's style is evident in (bleeds into) all they do? That person's particular style of handwriting, decoration, dress, driving, fighting, and ...
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What are some common traits among exceptional geniuses?

The question is simple and straightforward; What are some common traits, that one can find among a variety of outstanding geniuses? One of the most common traits is that they happen to be late ...
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Why is answering 8 out of 25 questions more pleasing than answering all 8 out of 8 questions? [on hold]

While solving exercises, this is what I've noticed. Choosing to solve 8 out of a set of 25 questions seems far more pleasing to the mind than answering all 8 out of a set of 8 questions. At the end ...
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Are the human cerebral hemispheres only connected via the corpus callosum?

Are the human cerebral hemispheres only connected via the corpus callosum? Or is there any other structure for interaction between the left and right hemispheres?
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How long does it take to learn to cane travel?

How long does it take the average person (either sighted or blind) to learn to use the guide cane successfully for mobility purposes? Source: Lions. Because required training times will depend on ...
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A low IQ and college [on hold]

I recently took an online IQ test (http://iqtest.dk/main.swf) and I received a low score of 103. When I was a child I was taken eeg (electroencephalography) and doctor said everything is normal, but ...
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Does high IQ give cause to doubt an ADHD diagnosis?

My friend was diagnosed with ADHD as a kid, but her parents disagreed with such a diagnosis on the grounds that she had a high IQ which was discovered when her psychologists and psychiatrists were ...
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Is inhibitory brain circuitry involved in cross-modal sensory perception?

In many research articles, a vague description of a inhibitory circuitry in the brain is mentioned. This is presented as an inhibitory mechanism that prevents input from one sensory modality to excite ...
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Strengthened Inhibitory Connections Between Neurons

I'm reading Bio Inspired Artificial Intelligence which cites this passage about neuron plasticity: "Spike time-dependent plasticity. The percentage of synaptic modification depends on the ...
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Can neuroscience tell us something about the limits of mathematics? [on hold]

Mathematics is an activity that is based on thinking and therefore on neurons that fire in certain patterns. Can this tell us something about the foundations and limitations of mathematics?
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What are the IQ correlations between relatives?

Bouchard and McGue (1981) wrote a review article (linked here) that summarized the correlations between relatives. McGue asserted in a recent talk (that I'm not able to link) that he's not aware of ...
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Is it conceivable to transmit all sound information in the tactile modality?

You may have heard of Evelyn Glennie, an acclaimed solo virtuoso percussionist. She has been profoundly deaf from the age of 12, but learned to differentiate pitch tactilely. She had absolute pitch, ...
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How exactly do memories get stored and retrieved? [on hold]

Is there any research available on how memories actually get stored in the brain, ready to be retrieved later? I'm asking for a physiological explanation backed by present scientific research. I've ...
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Are action potentials necessary for experience?

We know that, for example, during brain surgery, electrical stimulation in certain parts of the cortex is sufficient for experience, and result in reportable experiences in human subjects. We also ...
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Are there “awareness” related mirror neurons or processes in the brain that get activated by awareness?

I'm reading the "The Power of Now" book by Ekhart Tolle, in which he describes a spiritual practice by which attention/awareness is focused on the currently experienced mental state. For example, ...
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What are the consequences of prolonged cognitive dissonance?

We know that situations that induce cognitive dissonance cause a variety of interesting behaviors in humans. But do we know why relieving cognitive dissonance is such a powerful motivator? What ...
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What is the role of Chloride (Cl- ions) in membrane potential?

This Membrane Potential article mentions only that Cl- ion is used to model inhibitory GABA synapses. Does it have another role besides hyper-polarizing the cell due to inhibitory neurotransmitter ...
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Are younger people less capable of driving?

I've seen articles saying that teen drivers have the most accidents out of every age group. Those articles also claim that teen drivers are less capable of driving as their brains are less developed ...
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What good psychology and neuroscience books are available that can be used to assist people in how they learn?

I'm wondering if anyone could recommend some general interest Psychology/Neuroscience books on how humans learn. I recently read Norman Doidge's 'The brain that changes itself' and thoroughly enjoyed ...
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How do neurons decide how to alter their output signals?

In computer science, neural networks are trained using backpropagation and other methods. Backpropagation heavily relies on mathematical formulas to describe how the weights should be changed ...
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Why do I forget important things and remember things that I don't care about?

Why do I forget things that I want to remember? And when I forget them, I seem to remember small details that aren't so important. I might forget what the main topic of a YouTube video is, but I can ...
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Intentionally making ourselves remember things that never happened

I've been reading an interesting book which makes mostly founded claims. However, there is no reference to any studies in regards to one of the following claims: according to the author, visualizing ...
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How does it come about that specific areas of the brain are associated with specific functions?

During the development of the brain in a single person, specific areas come to perform specific functions. How (and when) does this differentiation come about? Presumably, some areas of the brain ...
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Is there a correlation between high IQ and creativity?

Is there a correlation between high IQ for example over 125 and creativity? Is creativity improved or does its importance simply diminish? Maybe there could also be confounding variables as well? It ...
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Feeling and not feeling “stress”

It often happens that two people are subjected to the same amount of "stress", but one feels the "pressure" less than the other. Is there any psychological research to understand why and how that ...
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Gratitude and Affection

If a person X has gratitude towards person Y, will that cause bias of affection for X towards Y ? Can there be a case that X tend to be more affectionate to a person Z to whom X has less gratitude ...
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Is there explanation of persistent laziness?

As we say when we feel happy there are some biological explanation of some feelings like happiness and sadness as they explain here. So I say whatever we feel can be explained in biological way, so ...
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Research that shows that people imply causation from correlation

It is well known and frquently quoted that "correlation does not imply causation". Nonetheless, I've scoured the wikipedia article "Correlation does not imply causation" and the relevant keywords in ...
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Why would I be asked to count backwards by 3, from 100 in a psychological test?

On an initial mental health consultation with a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I was asked, among many other odd questions, to count backwards by three. 100, 97, 94... This was quite a number of ...
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Can humans really successfully multitask?

It seems to be a quality parents want to instill in their children, as well as i.e.- teenagers bragging about having music playing, texting, video chatting, all while doing homework, they claim is the ...
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Parasite that takes over cognitive functions

I am testing an idea for a book. The backbone of the story is that there exists a parasite that can enter the brain of a creature and take over its cognitive functions. I imagine that it could wire ...
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According to Yalom, what mental disorders are caused by inefficient anxiety coping strategies?

Irwin D. Yalom is a famous existential psychotherapist who's sporting his own theory about human psychology. Based on psychdynamics, he's stating that questions and thoughts pertaining to death, ...
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What would explain an intense feeling of being extremely present, for no reason?

What would explain an intense feeling of being extremely present, randomly and for no reason ? The feeling is not tied to any behavior, thought or action. It comes out of nowhere, when doing a usual ...
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How close is it to reality in future of consciousness to be transferable as shown in the movie Chappie?

This question was inspired by the most creative thing ever to come up in a movie, namely the transfer of a consciousness from one body to another (may it be biological, or via non-biological methods). ...
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Is there any connection between visual processing ability and social skills?

I suspect there is a connection because visual processing ability is necessary in noticing important subtle social cues.
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Is it possible to detect the mental flow state with EEG?

I know that it is possible to detect "focus" with a consumer EEG with a single electrode and a reference point (ear clip), even without conductive gel, but is it possible to detect a flow state with ...
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What is the relationship between dopamine and mathematical ability (if any)?

I am curious to know if there is any existing literature that suggests that an increase in dopamine lends itself to an increased interest in solving problems of a mathematical nature.
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How to train our brain to see everything in slow motion?

People who had near death experience often found that they were able to see everything in slow motion and capture every details in their surrounding at that particular period. Because the brain ...
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What is happening when i focus my attention on a particular body part?

In an article i saw that "Thinking about an activity can actually activate the parts linking to that activity". So i thought of giving it a try and i started to focus on the digits of my feet (they ...
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How can psychometric or behavioural tests be used in banking to evaluate creditworthiness?

Suppose an entrepreneur or borrower with little credit or business history goes to a bank or some financial institution to borrow money. Banks can use, as an alternative to a credit or business ...
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Would courts sentence differently if we used a different numeral system?

I hear a lot in the media about people sentenced to go to jail for a number of years divisible by 10. Does our numeral system affect it? Would courts sentence the same if we counted - for example - ...
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How is brain processing different for situation-less vs. situated emotional faces?

In traditional emotional face perception paradigms, participants are shown circle cut-outs of emotional faces. All context has been removed. Participants only see the face. However, it's well ...
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Why does appreciation make us happy?

Why does one crave facebook likes or a pat on the back. Our actions are always governed by this phenomenon, and I don't understand why.
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Is Decision-Making Emotionally Based, with Rationalization as the only Conscious Component?

My interest is in how problem-solving decisions are made, and what, if any skills could be taught to increase people's ability to make effective decisions? Effective, in this case, means that an ...
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Which schools of psychotherapy are most credible to a hard scientist?

There is a problem in all therapies that if the client doesn't have faith or trust in the therapist then it is unlikely that anything can be achieved. Therefore effective therapy for an extreme ...
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Is gender biologically or socially determined?

I guess the word "gender" needs to be defined, but that is part of the problem I suppose, since it can mean many different things to many different people. By gender, I do not mean anatomical physical ...
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Does deep, slow breathing increase mental performance?

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 said that breathing deeply and slowly increases mental performance, but I couldn't find any studies that really study the claim, and the book is a self-help book, which tend ...
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Do people low on agreeableness swear more?

Reading through a scientific report on Big 5 characteristics in everyday life, I found a -.28 correlation for Agreaableness and swearing. ...

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