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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 studies the claim, and the book is a self-help book, which ...
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Are there theories on how vocabularies for the Semantic Pointer Architecture are created?

The semantic pointer architecture is a vector symbolic architecture where high-dimensional sparse vectors represent concepts. These concepts can be mathematical, linguistic or sensory. In all of the ...
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How would a child counter cognitive dissonance arising from parent-child relationship issues?

Let us assume a hypothetical: Child is an adolescent male, mother is a middle-aged female. The family is semi-dysfunctional. Child and parent have communication gap. Parent is influenced by multiple ...
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Are you more successful if you publicly commit to pursuing a difficult goal?

If you have an ambitious goal, does it help to publicly commit to that goal? (I am training for my first long distance triathlon, for example. This is pretty hard and I don't know whether I will be ...
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Name this partner selection experiment

A group of students is given playing cards to put on their head. They do not know the value of their card but can see the value of others. The goal of each student is to partner with the highest ...
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Is the depletion effect of self-control reliable?

Although a lot of research (Muraven, 1998) has indicated the ego depletion of self-control, a recent paper (Xu, 2014) claims that they fail to replicate the depletion effect: impaired performance in ...
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Is Denial or “Ego Defence Mechanism” inherent in all minds?

In Dan Brown's latest novel, Inferno, one of the characters proclaims that denial is present in all human minds. Meaning, the brain just erases all conceivable threats that it can't handle or finds ...
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Why don't we get regular checkups for mental health, as in physical health?

It's standard practice to get a checkup from your primary care doctor once a year. Why is this not so for a mental health professional? Is your primary supposed to catch possible mental and emotional ...
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How can Semantic Pointer Architecture be used to capture dynamical systems?

Most uses of SPA I've seen seem to be representing static systems, such as recognizing digits, categorizing images, rapid variable creation and planning a path for writing those digits back out. Can ...
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Most biologically plausible model of categorization

Categorization in cognitive psychology has had a lot of research and theories thrown at it. However, what is the most biologically plausible cognitive model of categorization? By biologically ...
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What are the long-term effects on the brain of an anti-psychotic like paliperidone?

Paliperidone, brand name Invega or Xeplion in Europe, seems to be new. But I'm not convinced, with the lack of extensive tests on this drug that it's less bad and "decerebrating" than older ...
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Sleep deprivation and task performance

Can some one please confirm the below points, Case: In case of a adult, the average adult sleep time required is 7.5 to 8 hours , Say if the person(aged between 23-29) has a sleep only for 6 hours or ...
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Is it possible to block out reality completely?

Is it possible for an individual to block out all reality and see objects, colors and hear voices and sounds that are non-existent non-stop?
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Is volition a reality or an illusion?

Keeping religious sentiments aside, here is a question raised on the Buddhism SE that attempts to answer a similar question from the Buddhist point of view. You see, Buddhism has a concept of anatman ...
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Basic brain anatomy question?

I am trying to learn the anatomy of the brain and am getting rather confused. When it comes to the brain stem, I have seen some sources say that it consists of the midbrain (mesencephalon) and ...
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How did the concepts of left and right direction develop in the human mind?

I hope this is the correct forum to ask; if not, please migrate to a better place. How did humans came to agree on a distinction between the directions "right" and "left"? I could think of two ...
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information processing tool [on hold]

I have to design a tool to measure the information processing ability of the students, between the age group 13-16. It should be a paper-pencil test.How I can prepare it? What are the different ...
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How else can we eliminate wrong underlying beliefs, when even science fails?

Source: Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?, 2015 March, by Joel Achenbach [Andrew] Shtulman [of Occidental College] ’s research indicates that as we become scientifically literate, we ...
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Is there a term to describe the tendency to attribute the cause of a bad outcome to a recent event?

I've noticed that when something goes wrong, people have a tendency or a bias to associate its cause with a recent event. The following may not be a great example but here goes. Imagine a game of ...
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Can I use other softwares than Linger to run a self-paced reading task

I want to run an SPR experiment where participants will read sentences at their own pace. My problem lies in the fact of using 2 different languages English and Arabic at the same time. I tried it ...
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Does listening to music precludes fMRI tought recognition?

Imagine an experience which the target is to read the thought in words from fMRI heatmaps. Does listening to music prevents the recognition of words derived from thought? In other words I'm asking if ...
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Why superimposing PET data on MRI scan images instead of doing fMRI scans?

I'm currently reading this paper: Savic & Lindström (2008). PET and MRI show differences in cerebral asymmetry and functional connectivity between homo- and heterosexual subjects. It certainly ...
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Can serotonin levels be altered with mere mental fortitude?

Most people get "depressed" every now and then - nothing serious, but people sometimes feel down. I am wondering if positive self-affirmation can physically increase serotonin levels in your brain, ...
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What causes someone to frequently see particular patterns of digits when they look at a clock?

Over the past few years when I randomly choose to look at a clock I typically see particular patterns of times. The main pattern is repeating digits (e.g., 04:04; 11:11; 16:16). This occurs on ...
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What is an acquired taste?

Some foods are delicious. People love eating them, and the experience has a positive reinforcement. Thus, people will eat the food again. Some foods are instead "challenging", at least initially. For ...
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Do women talk more than men?

If you believe the stereotype, women are much more talkative then men. Is there a kernel of truth to this stereotype? I have seen media reports of studies trying to debunk this as a myth. However, ...
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What are the pros and cons of the hot sauce paradigm to measure aggression?

The hot sauce paradigm is a way to measure aggressive behavior in the lab. Participants are asked to give a portion of hot sauce to another person (who they know hates hot sauce) and who will have to ...
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What was the first area of the brain to be associated with a specific function?

I have read on this website that broca's area was the first area of the brain to be associated with a specific function, in that case language. But I couldn't find any other source for statement so I ...
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Do introverts engage in too much self-control or do they lack impulsivity?

Regardless of whether people are extraverts or introverts, if they are asked to act in an extraverted way, this improves their mood (for example Zelenski and others 2012). My question is concerns the ...
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Is “not caring about what other people think” a sign of mental illness? [on hold]

From a young age, I've never understood the concept of embarrassment or shame. People base their entire lives on the opinions of strangers but I want to know why? I don't get it. Eg when choosing ...
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What color is this dress? — And why do some see it as white and gold and others see it as black and blue?

Here's the dress (and keep reading, this is actually a serious question): This question about this image has apparently become quite a rapidly spreading meme on the internet. And after conducting ...
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What's the difference between repetition suppression and habituation?

Repetition suppression seems to be describing habituation on a neuronal level. What's the difference between these two terms?
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How to measure precision in classical test theory framework?

What methods or approaches exist or might be developed to measure precision of measurement in a classical test theory framework? (The 2014 "APA" Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing ...
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What are some good references for preprocessing and analysis of the P300 response from EEG data in Python?

I have just started to work on problems in neuroscience on my own. I sought to analyze the P300 response from EEG data because I was trying to understand a Kaggle.com challenge that used it. I found ...
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Psychology: Grafitti/Grafitti Vandal(s)

What's the psychology behind grafittit? What mentality do graffiti vandals have?
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Can one become addicted to learning?

Is it possibly to become addicted to learning? What drives this addiction and how can it be controlled? Note: I'm not sure this is the right exchange for this question... Its the best fit as far as ...
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Does 3rd person reference to self change perception of self?

If you refer to yourself in the third person for a day how does your understanding of self change? For example are you more inclined to consider your actions and motivations from and external ...
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What are the criteria to diagnose bipolar disorder? [closed]

I believe that bipolar disorder is a very subjective term to the point that is not tracked in some countries as a real disease, and it is only known or discussed at the theoretical level among ...
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Do ADHD drugs harm the brain?

Particularly, the amphetamine "vyvanse". If one was to take a 30mg dose once a day for 50+ years, would it damage brain function at all? Would the brain simply get used to the drug and become 100% ...
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How many hours of speech do kids hear before learning a language?

I'd like some estimates of how many hours of English speech kids typically are exposed to before reaching various levels of mastery. I realize this is a very fuzzy question, but I'm sure ballpark ...
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Why do men have greater variance than women in mental test scores?

Hedges and Nowell (1995) write that Sex differences in central tendency, variability, and numbers of high scores on mental tests have been extensively studied. Research has not always seemed ...
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Long term effects of using modafinil on cognition

What are the Long term effects of using stimulant like modafinil on cognition abilty?
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Is there a downside to using more than the typical 20/40 trials in an IAT?

Most resources mention using 20 'practice' trials categorizing both targets and attributes, followed by 40 'real' trials categorizing both targets and attributes. Note that this is after practicing ...
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EEG data acquisition speed

I`m collecting EEG data from electrodes with ~ 1750 reading / minute, so is this acceptable? or it's seems to mis a lot of data? or it's depened on the feild I work on?
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Online References \ Books reccomendations

I have goggled up but i couldnot find relevant material for topics .Topics are as following Stress -Concept .Types- Physical,Psychological,Social ,Stress management with special reference to ...
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Is there a database of disgusting images for stimuli for experimental study of disgust?

I'm looking for a set of images that evoke a disgust reaction. In particular, I'm looking for disgusting objects (e.g. feces, maggots). Is there a database of images like this? It would be especially ...
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Aggressive Behaviour Detection from Social Media

I am Computer Science Graduate student and I am planning on a project to analyze social media for aggressive behavior identification. Actually I try to understand the psyche of the users based on ...
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The belief becoming the self

Is there a terminology or specific topic that explains the behaviour or phenomenon expressed in the following quote? The greatest anomaly of belief is that it is so powerful it takes over the ...
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Why clothes' color is different than it appeared in stores?

This is my first time askin on Cog Sci board, not sure this is a right place to ask but I think it's something relates to Psychology and Cognitive Science. So yesterday I bought a shirt that looked ...
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Are there any studies (fMRI scans, etc) showing why some people (supposedly) are more open to hypnotism?

In this article published in Harper's magazine back in 1996, journalist David Foster Wallace described his experience with hypnotist Nigel Ellery (see the last section of the article, titled "THE ...

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