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How image orientation influences perception

Im a painter for many years. When I paint, I usually walk around and look at my painting for many hours. When painting session is long, it harder and harder to maintain a "fresh look". By fresh look; ...
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Generate fMRI from neurotransmitter consumption

As mentioned in this answer, it's possible to generate an fMRI BOLD signal from neurotransmitter consumption. What equation would be appropriate for this use?
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Can fMRI and EEG signals be generated from NEF models?

The basic function of the NEF is to map the outside world onto neurons, using the firing rates of the neurons. It also supports various neuron models. Have these firing rates been used to create EEG ...
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The psychology of logically irrational minds

Where can I find examples of rational explanations of mind mechanisms that take place in logically irrational minds leading to logically irrational behaviors. Can someone please cite the best sources, ...
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How to help relieve test-anxiety in others

I teach, as a layman, young adult students who mostly try to get a degree part-time whilst juggling full-time jobs and small crumbs of left-overs of a private life. As it is hard for them to do rock-...
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What regulates the strength of motor signals?

I've seen cognitive and robot models where the input signals from the sensors are directly used as the signal for outgoing motor control. This doesn't make much sense, because obviously we're able ...
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How do we hear our inner voice?

How do we perceive inner speech? Does it follow the same neural pathways as normal acoustic speech? If yes, what is the extent of overlap between the two neural pathways?
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What processes underlies confidence ratings in cognitive decision-making?

Many experiments in cognitive psychology and other domains ask for confidence ratings (e.g., on a 0-100 scale, 100 meaning "I'm sure I experienced this stimulus"). What accounts describe how these ...
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Does a mental disorder exist where people think someone else is sick?

Is there a known disorder where the subject thinks someone else or other people around them are sick or dying, say exo-hypochondria? In this case I am thinking of a wife pathologically convinced that ...
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What causes low self-awareness? [on hold]

What would cause a person in their 30s and 40s to have extremely low self-awareness? They don't have any major disorders like bipolar or autism. The person would insult me and say nasty things and ...
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Is there a condition where a person doesn't feel emotional or non-physical pain?

Congenital insensitivity to pain is a rare condition where a person cannot feel pain (physical). Is there any condition relates to emotional pain or any pain not related to physical that a person ...
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How are abstract relations represented neurally?

It is known that concepts with similar attributes (color, shape... Etc.) are represented in a similar manner in the brain. However, is there any evidence of abstract relations, such as the as causal ...
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Are cognitive maps still widely studied within psychology? Why or why not?

It seems like the work on this concept dropped off significantly in the 1990s but I’m not in the field, so I can’t say for sure. EDIT: to be clear about what I mean, cognitive maps refer to mental ...
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How to temporarily induce low latent inhibition?

As the Wikipedia article says, High levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine (or its agonists) in the ventral tegmental area of the brain have been shown to decrease latent inhibition. Certain ...
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Do more accidents happen when you cross the street on red light(as a pedestrian)? [closed]

When the traffic light is red you are aware that a car might comes rushing in. So you are extra careful and always check the street before you actual cross the street. But one the other hand if you ...
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Is prior experience necessary to perceive the Kanizsa triangle illusion?

We know the Kanizsa Triangle. Kanizsa Triangle I was socialized in a "western" world, where I learned mathematics for about 13 years; I have designed products surrounding me using geometric forms ...
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Are animal instincts and preferences based on some brain micro structures?

I'm thinking about the mechanism by which an animal has built in preferences for some visual objects in the real world. The most well known example is the seagull chicks and pecking at a red dot or ...
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Mechanism of ketamine in treatment of depression and anxiety?

What are the mechanisms by which ketamine reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety?
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Why does anger “cloud the mind”?

There are a lot of anecdotes on frustration and anger inhibiting judgement and problem solving. Examples include "anger clouding the mind" in pop culture, or in programming, where a rule of thumb is ...
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Is there psychoactive music?

Listen to this music for X minutes to observe Y result. Is there something like that that has been demonstrated to work for general public? The only example of an experiment that is similar that ...
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Do dissatisfaction with a job and relationships share the same mental mechanism?

The modern world has two new ways of finding abundance of employment and relationships: Job boards, career sites and recruiters for finding jobs Online dating sites for finding dates While ...
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How do psychologists define “caring about someone”?

How do psychologists and people in general define the expression "caring about someone". I am looking for a formal, dictionary, or agreed upon definition.
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What are the pros and cons of teaching a toddler two languages simultaneously versus sequentially?

Would it cause any speech issues if I decide to teach my toddler English and Spanish at the same time? Or should I teach one language first and then the other one?
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Short validated measure of cognitive ability suitable for online experiment on the effect of emotion on ability test performance

I am currently writing my dissertation which will examine the impact of emotion on cognitive ability. I plan to use two test groups to test my hypothesis, one which is primed to feel happy the other ...
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is Lewin's field theory still used in modern psychology? If yes, what are its applications?

I recently stumbled upon Kurt Lewin's field theory. However, not being very familiar with gestalt psychology, I could not assess whether Lewin's theoretical framework is still used today and if yes, ...
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Excuses, true or false?

How can someone, during a conversation, determine if something it's an excuse or not? That is, if someone tells you you are making an excuse and you feel you are not our if someone tells you something ...
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Thought echoing

Why do purple like to have their thoughts, the ones whose absolute truth they believe in, to be echoed by others. Is it that they need to feel safe about what they think and their thoughts accepted? ...
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How to use EEG on dogs?

I need to take EEG readings on dogs for BCI and seizure prediction research. To do so do I need special equipment? Is there an accepted approach in terms of frequency, electrode size and placement, ...
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Why people choose “boring” colors for new cars?

I've been interested in this question for a few years, sorry if this is not the right place to ask it. As I've been driving around the US for the last few years, I noticed that some community parking ...
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Does STDP make the Hebbian learning rule redundant?

On Scholarpedia they introduce STDP (spike timing dependent plasticity) as a temporally asymmetric form of Hebbian learning, making it sound as if the original Hebbian rule still has relevance in ...
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Correlation between sex and diligence

I heard an anecdotal opinion that according to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis, people who don't fulfill themselves sexually tend to be more diligent. I would like to know; was any research conducted ...
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Why are people insecure?

Many people, especially teenagers, are insecure about some aspects. They may be insecure about their looks, their (odd) behavior, or may question whether they belong to a group (of friends, colleagues ...
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What's the relation between firing of dopaminergic neurons and dopamine dispersion in terms of neurophysiological processes?

Question: How does the firing of dopaminergic neurons affect the dispersal of dopamine? Evidence of my limited familiarity with dopaminergic neurons and motivation for asking the question: Most of ...
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What are the characteristics of people with lifelong early onset depression? [on hold]

What sets them apart from other depressed individuals? Please be specific. I have heard that chronic depression has a greater organic component, but which genes specifically are involved?
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How to compare IAT (Implicit Association Test) results of two different groups?

I already have the recommended algorithm to analyse IAT data. It allows to compare within-subject differences in response latency in the congruent versus non-congruent condition. However, in addition ...
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How many diagnosable mental disorders are included in the DSM?

This Wikipedia page says: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the American Psychiatric Association's standard reference for psychiatry which includes over 450 ...
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Does the meta-analytic literature overestimate the relationship between conscientiousness and job performance?

There are quite a few meta-analyses of the relationship between personality and job performance (for a review, see Barrick & Mount, 2012; and specific meta-analyses: Barrick & Mount, 1991; ...
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Is it possible for non-BDSM relationships to learn anything from slave-master relationships?

I am interested in research on slave-master relationships within the BDSM spectrum. This questions concerns people who do not just engage in BDSM recreationally, but rater define their relationship ...
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Severe depression/anxiety can't be treated with CBT

Is there any evidence that supports the idea that a severe depression/anxiety can't be treated with CBT? Since, it's in severe state, and one has to use anti-depressants to lower the level, and then ...
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1answer
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What is the 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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Do women have fetishes?

As in title; is it possible/common for women to have fetishes? It always seemed to me that fetishes are related to men only. Is it true?
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Advantages of Nengo for memory related tasks

What are some of the advantages Nengo offer as a framework for modeling memory related cognitive processes?
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How valid are reaction times collected from online studies?

Online studies promise the possibility of greatly increased numbers of and variability in populations to study, but there are many potential concerns and need for validation, and diving in head first ...
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What is the difference between 'stereoscopic depth' and 'crossed/uncrossed disparity'?

What is the difference between stereoscopic depth and crossed/uncrossed disparity, and specifically in terms of their use in the methods to manipulate visual stimuli to investigate depth-perception?
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How does the inner ear encode sound intensity?

Different areas of the inner ear (the cochlea) are sensitive to different acoustic frequencies. Hence, the cochlea basically performs a fast Fourier transform on the audio signal. This spectral ...
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Blocking out unwanted sound sources

Suppose you are in a room with two other persons, both of them talking. If you want to hear one of them, you are able to block out the other even though he is talking (although not very loud). How our ...
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Is there evidence that heterosexual males make 'romantic advances' more often than heterosexual females?

Background: I have constructed a game theoretic model of romantic advances. There are a number of Nash equilibria in this model, distinguished by the frequency with which each sex makes romantic ...
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Other emotions relative to angry/happy base emotions

In my layman's experience, I'm vaguely aware there are four base emotions: happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted.1 Some background: We're training an AI to learn the difference between ...
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fmri onsets, missing pulse logs - what is the minimal information necessary to be analyze experiment?

Very basic, probably stupid question, but help is very much appreciated. I am running an fmri-experiment (block design), which was programmed in java (not by me) and has been used before. Trying it at ...
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What is the treatment for Pathological Liars?

I know someone who I believe to be a pathological lier. The sow fiction into almost everything they say to some degree and when pressed make up a more elaborate lie to cover the fiction. Often the ...

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