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Is there a cognitive bias which describes expert communities' overestimation of their potential impact?

I was recently trying to argue that the Democratic National Committee's efforts to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign were probably ineffective, and that those who attempted to do so probably ...
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Is forward associated with right and backwards with left?

The following is an observation I made in an informal sample group of about 10 people. I am looking into understanding the behavior I observed. Here is the setting: On a computer keyboard there are ...
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Are there psychiatric medications that have an anti-tolerance effect?

Patients usually develop tolerance to their psychiatric medications when used over a long period of time. This is because of how the brain gets used to the dosage in order to reach equilibrium again. ...
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How accurate is this graph about learning curve and spaced repetition system?

This graph is taken from the article from Wired about Piotr Woźniak and his spaced repetition learning software SuperMemo: Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm ...
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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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What are some explanations for the relationship between social and spatial mapping?

Background: A study published last summer in the journal Neuron found that when participants were tasked with finding a new home and job by interacting with characters in a virtual roleplaying game, ...
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44 views

Are women better at multitasking?

I've observed multiple occasions where females are better at multitasking than males. It's not rare to see a lady driving a car, doing her make up and talking on the phone at the same time. Once I ...
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Why do we have so much neurological research on and treatment designed for dyslexia, yet less so for dyscalculia?

I know next to nothing about intervention methods designed for dyscalculia, or 'dyslexia with numbers', as I have heard it colloquially referred to (considering how obscure the term seems to be ...
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How to test a theory that explains a psychological phenomenon using evolutionary arguments?

I'm a non-psychologist so would appreciate any guidance from this community. I've heard arguments that people have overconfidence, probability matching tendencies, etc, because that is chosen by ...
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Can brainwaves from EEG be used to measure enjoyment of media?

It seems to be very hard to figure out automatically, what content I will enjoy and what content I will not enjoy. Of course, there are methods that require me to sit in front of a computer and press ...
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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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Isolating stable EEG data across all channels in EEGLAB

I'm working on some EEG data we collected using the Emotiv Epoc headset using 14 channel sensors. I need to isolate chunks of data where all 14 channels are stable (non-noisy) for a given length of ...
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Which equation is Ebbinghaus's forgetting curve and what do the constants represent?

First off, I've come across two different forgetting curve equations. $$R = e^{-\large \frac{t}{s}}$$ where $R$ is retention, $t$ is time and $s$ is strength can be found on Wikipedia. And $$b = \...
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Why the craziness about pokemon go? [on hold]

I guess that everyone here is informed about the release of that videogame and the consequences it's having that pretty go far beyond for what's normal for any videogame in most people (there are ...
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Do STDP synapses potentiate AND depress at the same time?

Do STDP synapses potentiate and depress at the same time? Consider the following scenario where two cells are connected by an STDP synapse: PRE and POST. PRE cell fires two action potentials 2 ms ...
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Why is the order of white/grey matter different in the brain and spinal cord?

In the brain proper, grey matter forms the outer layer of the brain, and white matter forms the inner layer. In the spine, this is reversed: white matter forms the outer layer of the spine, and grey ...
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Why do thoughts take a non-zero length of time?

I was staring blankly at my desk thinking about how to overcome a programming task at work when it suddenly dawned on me I had spent the best part of half an hour trying to envision how this problem ...
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What is the scientific definition of Introversion/Extroversion?

Personally I believe introvert and extrovert are one of the most thrown around and misused words. I would go as far to say as what they mean in common everyday English is not the same as what they ...
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Is it possible that people perceive time differently than others do?

All of my life I have been told to be more patient, to stop "racing through life", etc. Happily, I am finally mature enough to accept that as solid advice, but I am curious as to whether it is ...
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Differential diagnosis for shortness of breath from anxiety

Unexplained or difficult to explain shortness of breath seems to be blamed on anxiety very frequently despite lack of diagnostic evidence, especially in individuals with psychiatric conditions. This ...
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how to comprehensively assess three areas of cognition (attention, reaction-time, memory) on a daily, personal basis, preferably online,?

I am attempting to figure out a battery of tests that I can perform on myself on a daily/weekly basis to test whether any intervention I attempt on myself actually improves my cognitive performance. ...
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Why cute things make us want to touch it?

Why when we see a cute cat or dog, we immedietly want to make physical contact with it (touch, hug, smell, etc.)? Does brain percives cute things somehow like food? Or maybe it triggers parent-child ...
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19 views

Human brain v/s computer: speed comparison?

We can't compute (speaking of some of the functions a computer can perform ) as fast as a computer. Where does this shortcoming stem from- working memory or clock frequency perhaps comparable to the ...
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Academic Background for Switchtracking Phenomenon

In one recent episode of Hidden Brain podcast, they talk about a pattern in conversation called "Switchtracking". It references to the the "Thanks for the Feedback" book by Douglas Stone and Sheila ...
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Tests to Assess Collaboration Skills and Aptitude

I beg your pardon in advance for my question which might sound too general or naive, but I work in a team which is not specialized in cognitive sciences, so we definitely need some help :) We are ...
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Can lithium withdrawal cause parathesia upon withdrawal?

Why would paresthesia develop after an individual is withdrawn from lithium due to chronic critical toxicity and continue for a protracted period of time? Is this a result of some kind of damage or ...
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Has there been any serious research on subliminal messaging?

I certainly don't question the existence of subliminal perception which has been demonstrated many times in priming studies like those of Daniel Schacter and many others, nor do I reject the notion of ...
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Expanding some memory type? (It's highly specific)

Speaking of all the research that has ever taken place in the various brain sciences and its implications, what are the known and verified or unverified but seemingly convincing ways to expand the ...
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Is there a term for when a person offers your services at no cost to them? [on hold]

Ok so imagine you and a friend (John) are at a party and it is time to leave. John has made another friend there that doesn't have a lift home. John says to them that YOU will give them a lift home. ...
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24 views

How to calculate the confidence interval for $d^\prime$ (d prime)?

I have an experiment with $N$ signal trials and $M$ no signal trials and I have measure the number of hits $nHit$ and the number of false alarms $nFA$. From this I can compute the probability of a hit ...
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68 views

Problem with IQ tests in Murray's “The Bell Curve”?

Murray's The Bell Curve came up in a discussion recently. I have a very clear memory of reading a review of the book at the time it came out. The reviewer claimed that one of the many problems with ...
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19 views

Lack of motivation

Some people work really hard for a company, even going above and beyond their job when no tangible reward is present, yet they are super lazy and lack motivation when running their own business. Some ...
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272 views

Can we be conscious of our dreams?

During the day time, we are conscious of our surroundings and the brain does its work. During sleep, we are not conscious. We have dreams. But the brain continues to function. After we awake though,...
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If a person constantly invalidates your feelings is he/she a narcissist? [closed]

If someone constantly invalidates your experiences and feelings does that mean they are a narcissist? For example, if I am really hurt by someone and I go to a friend for support and my friend always ...
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Difference between content-addressable memory and associative memory?

Often when I'm reading theoretical neuroscience publications, such as "Towards an integration of deep learning and neuroscience", as well as "Memory and the Computational Brain", theorists often ...
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Relation between memory and creativity

What theories exist explaining the interaction between creativity and long term memory? I am especially interested in how, in creative work, a thought triggers a memory that may not be related to it ...
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45 views

Are there any papers showing that too much learning matters is bad for memory?

Does anyone know papers indicating that too much information is bad for the memory or even more precise - that too much learning matter is bad for the success of a student? I know a bit of the ...
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1answer
71 views

Personality Models: The Big Five, the Seven Deadly Sins, and?

In Christian tradition, there are said to be "seven deadly sins": Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride. In Catholicism specifically, there are sometimes said to be seven virtues, each ...
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Ive been on here for a couple hours only lol..is everybody mean on the Internet? [closed]

Every opinion ive had has been put down hah...no one will tell me how things even work on here..Ive been called a Troll? i dont even know what that means lol..I didn't get to go to school really..left ...
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23 views

If light travels at c, and the human nervous system's speed/perception speed<c, why aren't we not seeing or blind at some times? [closed]

If light travels at c, and the human nervous system is a lot slower than light speed, therefore it would take a lot of time for us to process what we see, why aren't we blind to what's going around us ...
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Suggestion for wearable EEG headset

We need wearable EEG headset with raw data output accessible from various platforms. I heard that devices like that have commonly the output encoded and available adapters are designed for one or just ...
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2answers
36 views

Introduction or Tutorial on Continuous EEG Collection Procedures and Initial Processing?

Are there any tutorials or introductions (specifically not slides from talks) on the very basic details of EEG data collection and processing? Things like: Discussions of reference systems (montages)...
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7 views

How is human cognition different from other mammals or other “simians”? [closed]

Do animals draw pictures? Can they visualize something in their mind before "making it so"?
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How important is it to use the right word? [migrated]

Mark Twain famously stated: The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. This ...
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1answer
161 views

What does it mean to say that mental illness is a modern-day leprosy?

I was reading about mental illnesses and then thought one day that the uninformed regard mental illnesses the same way leprosy was regarded. I looked up about leprosy and some papers and articles ...
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Can drastic changes in stress levels impact long-term memory? [closed]

Can going from a highly intensive and stressful environment to one which is calm and relaxed impact long-term memory or, specifically, one's ability to easily recall information? For example, I have ...
5
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1answer
747 views

How sexual activity influences a woman's sex drive

Sheila Gregoire suggests that increasing the amount of sexual activity increases a woman's sexual desire in general. I can postulate that child bearing and raising impacts significantly upon a woman's ...
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Why do some people only work well under pressure?

It is common for people to procrastinate. Putting off tasks until the resulting deadlines get closer and there comes a point at which the person will fire into action. (whether this point leaves ...
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Can you override priming?

Assume that you are using priming as a technique to improve your performance in a specific area. Ex: When I am sleepy in the morning I use more alert music to get my mind up to speed. If I want to ...

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