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What does fMRI measure exactly

It is true that blood flows to wherever the brain is most activated and does fMRI measure the blood flow inside of the brain through oxygen content?
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How to compare brain waves?

I'm a Java developer completely naive of brain waves and such. Could anyone tell me how to compare them? For instance, how can I compare: and this: What fields of study should I focus on? I ...
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Can you give advices on spirituality as a psychologist?

To be a psychologist in Canada, you have to be a member of a professional order; they all have a code of ethic. Some order recommend or oblige psychologist not to talk about spirituality and religion ...
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Does dream recall alter the dreaming process?

I've encountered the following phenomenon : within a single night of starting a dream journal again, my dreams became more numerous, recall improved and I'm waking up after each sleep cycle except the ...
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Is meaning-seeking behavior a biological optimization problem?

In short, I'm interested in cognitive, neuroscientific, biological and/or computational perspectives on what we vaguely refer to as meaning seeking. Background Humans tend to desire meaning in their ...
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Is association, conditioning, and symbolic learning the same thing?

Symbols and Communication: At some point in human history, we developed communication. Our brains were able to understand that things stood for something else. For example, the sound we make when we ...
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what is the data structure used by the brain to store data?

as a computer science undergraduate i was thinking if there are any special data structures used by brain to save data . i am specially interested in the data structure of hash tables . if some data ...
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Is this Auditory Processing Delay or something else?

Would a person exhibiting some of these symptoms be a candidate for Auditory Processing Delay, or does it possibly suggest some other sort of diagnosis? Some basic symptoms/examples: A seeming ...
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how is tone volume encoded?

I'm wondering whether increasing the volume would result in (a) a neuron that was already firing to now increase its spike rate, (b) a different group of neurons to add their activity to the ...
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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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Physiological mapping of frustration

What physiological changes are seen in the brain when a person is experiencing frustration? What effects do these changes have on learning? Optional background: I'm trying to figure out an ...
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Writing system, its future and social importance

I work on a rather specific subject, namely developement and inventing of writing systems (simply - alphabets). For some years it was just a hobby and creative exercise, but with time this hobby ...
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How many words are toddlers “making up”?

My 20-month old has learned many words to express herself. In addition she says many other words that are indecipherable from context nor pronunciation. It's most noticeable in novel or unusual ...
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Does mental rigidity cause psychological problems?

Is there a correlation between mental disorders and mental rigidity? I would suspect that people that have very strong beliefs and never question them might become dysfunctional if the beliefs are ...
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Are any kinds of behavior proved to correlate with testosterone levels?

Are any kinds of behavior proved to correlate with testosterone levels? Any studies done on this? Any indications of such correlations?
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Is there a name for reading things how you meant to write them?

I'm sure many of us have this experience: When I'm proofreading my own writing I will pass over it multiple times, but miss mistakes since I read what I intended to write (what's "in my head") and ...
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Studies on visually recognizable personality traits?

Are there any studies on the possibility of visually recognizing someones personality? When I say "visually recognizing" I mean things like clothes, accessories, body attitude, visible behavior, ...
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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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Are staircases more efficient than the method of constant stimuli?

A Bayesian Quest adaptive procedure (Watson and Pelli 1983) is the theoretically most efficient procedure for estimating thresholds under a certain, potentially unrealistic, set of constraints. In my ...
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How, other than pharmacotherapy, can those diagnosed with thought disorders be treated?

In general, major depressive disorder is treated with pharmacotherapy, and talk therapy, as well as other little things written below: People know what the little things you can do if you're ...
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Can repetitive sports-related head injuries make a person senile many years later?

Would repetitive football injuries to the cranium show up decades later, causing symptoms resembling mild retardation, OCD, etc.? What is the best way to determine this in terms of imaging, testing, ...
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Why does injury cause brief unconsciousness?

I suppose I'm thinking specifically about head injuries, though this question applies to any injury that causes unconsciousness for, say, a few minutes. If you would revive so soon, why would you fall ...
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Brain-Computer Interface

I'm Java developer and would like to learn more about BCI. I would like to develop an application for mentally challenged individuals. How do I get started? What particular topics should I focus on? I ...
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Differences between the many versions of neuromorphic hardware

There is a ton of neuromorhpic hardware being pumped out these days. Off the top of my head, I can name IBM (BlueGene and TrueNorth), Qualcomm, Neurogrid, Brainstorm (Neurogrid 2.0), Spinnaker, ...
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Dependancy EEG signals from regions of the brain

When we record an EEG signals , we apply an ICA on it , this algorithm assumes that the sources of signals are independent , could I assume that each region in the brain work independently , i.e the ...
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What to call theory where next activity following a fun activity is also perceived as fun?

What is the name of the theory that states: "if someone is having fun beforehand, the next activity they do will also seem fun regardless of what the activity is." so like continuing fun... Any ...
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Is there a name for a person who looks for a name for another person's supposed faults?

Every few days there is a new question here at Cognitive Sciences asking for a scientific term to describe a behavior that the inquirer finds fault with. Examples include: Is there a term for a ...
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What adjectives can be used to describe emotional intelligence competences?

After reading the book Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, I'm having a difficult time comparing emotional intelligence (EQ) with Intelligence Quotient (IQ). When talking about someone's IQ we ...
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If stimulus triggers dopamine release, can dopamine release trigger memory recall of stimulus?

Modern science of sleep is starting to lean towards a viewpoint that dopamine has an important function in dreaming, and that dopaminergic pathways - mesolimbic and mesocortical are activated during ...
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Name of the bias where someone really needs something after they find out it exists

I'm looking for the name of the cognitive bias that is expressed in the following story. A fellow coworker was instrumental in getting a 75 gallon fish tank installed in the lobby of the company that ...
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Why do people behave better when observed?

Why does it seem that people behave like they are supposed to when they are being observed? For example. If you place a fake security camera on an employee, they would behave better (or at least ...
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Which personality traits relate to prosocial values?

Which personality traits are strong in people with values such as: kindness humility sympathy empathy abnegation church-professed values solidarity love for others forgiving the other defending ...
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Is there a formal name for “I'm right, don't try to challenge me” / “if you push against me I will be 100x more stubborn” personality trait?

Some persons gets really annoyed if we try to demonstrate our thesis to them or to put in light that they are behaving in a childish way. Dale Carnegie, in his most famous book: ...
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Is there any scientific basis to different learning styles?

People often identify themselves are visual, audio or kinesthetic learners. This at first sounds plausible, but when I reflect on myself, I find that I am unable to define exactly what it means to be ...
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What is the name of a cognitive bias by which existing facts are tailored to fit a personal hypothesis?

What is the name of a cognitive bias where a person takes all of their knowledge of a particular subject (at a point in time) and arranges it in a hypothesis or world model that makes sense to that ...
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What causes introverts to lose “energy” in social settings and require recovery afterwards?

Over the years I've seen numerous articles about introverts that mention that they dislike large social interactions (meetings, parties, etc) because they drain their energy. These articles mention ...
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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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What to call memories of oneself or life without a personal context?

Does there exist a known phenomenon where memories of the self and life exist, but lack an emotional/personal context? If so, is this phenomenon at all common, and what is it called?
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Alternative to the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy table format

In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, patients are asked to analyze their thought content. For example, in cases of major depressive disorder, OCD, anxiety disorders, one thing that trips people up most ...
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Is there a limit to how many skills a person can master?

Given that the different parts of our brain are constantly competing for brain real estate and learning requires brain real estate, is it the case that we can only master x amount of skills due to the ...
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Why is sunrise therapeutic?

Despite being a night owl, I find when I'm up and about at sunrise1 I feel mentally much better than any other time of day - regardless of how much sleep I've had or whether I've been awake for many ...
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Do more creative people have more unusual dreams?

Title says it all: Do more creative people have more unusual dreams?
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Does fixing cognitive biases do more harm than use?

The Kahneman–Tversky interpretation of biases as deviation from rationality was challenged by Gigerenzer on the basis that heuristics help making decisions and, thus, rational from the evolutionary ...
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So why might people post seemingly excessive concerns regarding the danger in their neighbourhood?

Background: The reason for this post is that I have noticed that many people have a desire to make that which is pretty safe seem dangerous. It is very perplexing to me. Despite holding a master's ...
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What's the difference between the word only and every in this context? [migrated]

This is a question taken from a aptitude test but I am confused with the answer . Only fish oil contains Omega 3. Only foods that contain Omega 3 help with brain development. Which conclusion can be ...
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'Always Give a Reason Why' - How to describe this subject area?

I summarise http://rayedwards.com/always-give-a-reason-why/: In Dr. Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence, he cites a research study showing that simply adding the word “because” to a request ...
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Is there a report of a successfully EEG-Based Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) using image training?

Currently I am involved in constructing an EEG-Based BCI. The goal of the BCI is to control which light in a series of lightbulbs lights up. The plan is to use different images (i.e. a flower versus ...
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Can reading [self-help] books aid in therapeutic treatment of the narcissistic rationalization pattern?

I've dealt with a few people having a narcissistic personality trait / disorder. For me it's interesting to see the defense pattern they adopt through rationalization to defend their self-image and ...
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Do animals have some kind of rudimentary personality types or preferences?

I'm looking at the Myers Briggs type indicator and am trying to understand if type/personality preferences are a human only construct. I'm talking about Introversion-Extraversion, Sensing or ...
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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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