# All Questions

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### What maladaptive behaviours or cognitive distortions develop as a result of chronic childhood illness?

It's fairly well documented that childhood trauma (such as chronic illness) can lay the neurochemical groundwork for conditions like depression later in life. A paper, "The link between childhood ...
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### Do you need sleep every night?

I haven't slept for a day, but feel fine. It is commonly known that one needs 8 hours of sleep, but this is sometimes not true. Is it okay if I sleep 8-9 hours the next day, as long as it only happens ...
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### Is ignoring messages a learned behavior?

As someone that works troubleshooting stuff, I've seen a surprising amount of people that when found with messages, warnings and errors they tend to seek help fast in hopes someone can understand what ...
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### What makes us look into camera lens when we're being filmed?

I haven't met a person who wouldn't at least glance at a camera's lens from time to time when they're aware it's capturing an image or a video of them. Usually creatures transmit a lot of information ...
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### What are some theories on Cognitive model of Human Imagination?

I have no knowledge about neuroscience but recently I was wondering what is the cognitive model of Human Imagination? How does the human imagine things that don't exist? Suppose I ask anyone to ...
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### Looking for happines in marriage survey according to living/not living together before marriage

Do you know any research/survey results comparing how happy do people feel in marriage (after a few years) comparing marriages who lived together before marrying and living separately? There are many ...
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### How are inherited instincts related to deprivation states?

In Psychology and Life (Chapter 1, 18th edition), the authors (Gerrig and Zimbardo) write that According to the psychodynamic perspective, behavior is driven, or motivated, by powerful inner ...
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### Psychological explanation for perceptions of the Loch Ness monster

I previously asked about whether physics could explain the occurrences of the rogue waves which could psychology explain the eyewitnesses' perceptions of the Loch Ness monster? (The Physics.SE ...
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### Why do we feel regret?

When I make a bad decisions, I feel regret. But why do I feel regret? What benefit do I, or does anybody, get when they feel regret? What is the benefit of regret for those regretting?
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### How do personality tests work that require you to choose one of two statement that applies most to you?

There are different kinds of psychometric tests, I think the numerical and verbal ones are fair enough, I can see their usefulness. However, I cannot understand how the 'soft' psychometric tests work ...
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### Are people more likely to pick the odd one out?

I was wondering if there has been any research to suggest that when given a list of options to choose from are people more likely to pick an option if it looks different to the other options? My ...
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### What is the incentive of being puritans? [on hold]

I am a somewhat autistic businessmen. The way people behave often confuse me. I understand most humans actions. If people work hard or rob bank, we know why. They want money. Here, wanting money, ...
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### What's the impact of studying learning theory in actual learning?

Are there any studies showing the impacts of learning about learning theory on someone's learning? Moreover, at which point learning about learning first makes an impact on you learning a new subject? ...
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### Classical Conditioning and breaking a closed loop

Test subject: likes playing computer games after feeling pain.(self-preconditioned) Also he/she is always in pain after eating (like a heavy indigestion) Test conditioning(subliminal): to eat when ...
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### How did Ebbinghaus decide on his number of words in a series?

Herman Ebbinghaus discovered the forgetting curve, by memorizing series of non-sensical syllables like "zod", "byh", "tef", etc., and than seeing how long it took to forget them. The results are ...
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### How would a masochist experience rape?

To quote wikipedia Masochism involves receiving of pleasure—often sexual—from acts involving the .. reception of pain or humiliation. How would a masochist experience rape? Would they find it any ...
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### What motivates people to enact laws that limit other people's freedoms when no body is nonconsensually harmed?

We have laws against porn, ganja, ecstasy, prostitution, and organ selling. Some people like like these things. The severity of the laws seems to be proportionate to the happiness or value of the ...
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A kid who just started to read puts a lot of effort in processing sentences. These efforts will decrease as he/she gets older and, at some point (around 12, 15?), will read as fast as an adult. Is ...
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### Reference for beginners: psychology [on hold]

I am looking for a book that is not too rigorous but provides a good introduction to psychology as a preparation for a university-level course. Any suggestions? It is an introductory course.
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### How to best prepare the mind for a problem identification brainstorm?

I am a manager of a team of software engineers. We often use brainstorming sessions to generate solutions to problems. We use typical cognitive games, e.g. word association, to "warm-up" and ...
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### How to predict romantic attraction

Dating websites and psychological researchers attempt to find those factors that predict the fit between potential romantic partners. Examples for factors taken into consideration are the "big five" ...
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### Things not physically moving very hard to concentrate upon - suggestions? [closed]

Hello dear cogsci users, I am a (fledgling) programmer by profession, one who also squarely fits the description of an ADHD person. The symptoms have been making it tremendously hard for me to ...
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### Is tasting something you see a form of synesthesia?

Synesthesia is often stated as "a confusion of the senses" and some of the more common forms include "seeing sounds" or associating letters or numbers with colors. There is also a very rare form of ...
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### Eating disorders and childhood sexual abuse

It is my understanding that extreme eating disorders such as bulimia are very intertwined with childhood sexual abuse. Just how strong is that link? I have a relative who is killing herself with ...
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### Inability to focus on a project longer than a couple days [closed]

Do I have something wrong with me? I work in the games industry as a web developer, and I have may years of experience with software programming as well. Eventually one day I hope to be an Engine or ...
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### Why did Richard Feynman appear to recommend replication before manipulation when conducting lab experiments?

In Richard Feynman's classic Cargo Cult Science speech. He talks about a type of scientific error made, where a person takes a previous experimental result for granted when designing an experiment. ...
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### Do laypeople think lifestyle changes are effective at preventing and treating disease?

I'm curious about how laypeople think about healthy lifestyle changes (like eating well, not smoking, exercising) that are scientifically known to help prevent and treat a number of diseases. People ...
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### What makes some criminals glamorous to others?

Some murderers are glamorized by society while others labeled monsters. In both cases, they can commit the same terrible crimes and cause the same amounts of pain - yet one can be romanticized the ...
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### Frequency of schizophrenia symptoms related to mass surveillance?

Recently, mass surveillance by organisations like the NSA has become both more prevalent and more known to the public. Has the frequency of schizophrenia symptoms concerning mass surveillance (eg. ...
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### How to convince/condition a person to a specific behaviour (education)?

I'm working on a project that aims to teach programming novices. I want them to follow specific guidelines of programming and get accustomed to those (due to the fact that these are common 'best ...
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### Has anyone done a thorough comparative review of psychotherapeutic approaches?

Have the efficacy of different psychotherapeutic approaches--e.g., ACT, CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Behavioral--been compared? I'm sure each approach may be more or less effective depending ...
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### Concrete methods for learning abstract concepts in computer programming

Specifically, I'm looking for any methods that have been applied (or can be applied) to learning concepts in computer programming (e.g., object-oriented programming, design patterns...). Additional ...
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### what is the proper term for a ladies man disorder? [closed]

I know a guy who forms many intimate relationships with women when he is in a relationship with a woman he seeks her attention exclusively but he has difficulty forming non-intimate relationships. He ...
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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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### Is extreme empathy and compassion considered a disorder?

Can extreme empathy and compassion get to a point where it is considered a disorder? For example, if someone is so empathetic, when feeling someones pain it negatively affects their life to the same ...
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### Does Andler's (2012) article on 'Mathematics in Cognitive Science' provide an accurate picture of mathematics in cognitive science?

Andler (2012) wrote: What role does mathematics play in cognitive science today, what role should mathematics play in cognitive science tomorrow? The cautious short answers are: to the factual ...
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### How has geometry been applied in cognitive science?

What areas of geometry are used in psychology/cognitive science/neuroscience? Are the applications of a sophisticated nature or superficial?
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### What triggers people to do competitive activities?

From my past I have seen some people who like to compete in games and try to be first(by games I mean all kind of games or hobbies such as video-games, sports etc. in which competition is included). I ...
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### Psychology behind repeated viewing of certain pictures and songs

Often it happens that we like to frequently listen to a particular tune or song or view some pictures or images repeatedly time after time. What are the reasons and psychology behind this?
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### Are mnemonics by creating associations good for memory?

I read a book which says that to remember the lists of arbitrary objects, we should take a well-known ordered list (so that you know what is on the first place, what is on the second) and associate ...
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### Are we actually seeing black colored objects?

We know that black objects absorb light with almost all the frequencies of the visible spectrum. This means there will not be any frequency of light reflected and falling on our retina, in order for ...
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### Is it harder to perform a difficult act or avoid doing a compelling act?

Suppose what we have a set of choices $S$. Also suppose that $S$ consists of two "difficult" choices $X$ and $Y$ that rely on action and inaction respectively. So $S = \{X, Y \}$. Is it more difficult ...
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### Evidence-based best practices for writing a gratitude journal

I was intrigued to read (in the question "What positive writing exercises improve happiness?") the idea of a gratitude diary suggested as an intervention that "causes psychological well-being levels ...
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### What is the executive control of attention?

I know it can be said as an individual's ability to pay attention however not clear on the concept. How is it different from selective attention?
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### Everybody thinks everyone's doing it, so they do it, and everyone ends up doing it [on hold]

I'm on mobile, can't say much. But is there a term to describe such reasoning.
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I recently conducted an EEG experiment using a passive Oddball paradigm with two experimental conditions : standard stimuli (occurring with a 85% probability) and deviant stimuli (occurring with a 15% ...
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### How can committing adultery cause pleasure?

I have read online people saying that adultery feels good. What could cause the act of committing adultery to produce positive feelings? Has there been any recent research into the psychology behind ...
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### What is it called when a person seeks to compare themselves to others?

What is it called when a person consciously or unconsciously looks for similarities and differences in other people's reasoning, behavior, actions or past events and compares them with his/her own ...