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Are there any existing personality theories (that are being researched), that could one day be backed up by scientific research? Jung's two Attitude Types and four functions have been the study of some research attempting to find a physical basis in the brain. In the misnamed book The Introvert Advantage, Chapter III, The Emerging Brainscape: Born to ...


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The Enneagram Personality Theory is a non-trait-based personality theory that could be (though, to my knowledge, hasn't yet been) evidenced in a predictive manner through scientific research. Many authors exist, but Riso and Hudson are the ones who bring it from a quasi-spiritual concept to a contemporary personality theory. The concept posits that there ...


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You've received a few great comments from our neuroscience-savvy users that indicate ways in which this question can be construed as particularly challenging or maybe even unanswerable. However, I think there's a much more basic and limited understanding of your question that takes into account your self-professed unfamiliarity with neuropharmacology and ...


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Does the MBTI have a fundamental background? Yes. It is based on Jung's work, later published as Psychological Types (Collected Works, Book 6). Katherine Briggs, Isabel Myer's mother, did the initial work via communication with Jung. Like Jung, she had different theories at first, but dropped them when she heard of Jung's research on the subject. She ...


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I think you have three core questions: What is true intelligence and how can it be measured? To what extent does school performance correlate with true intelligence? To what extent does school performance cause true intelligence to change? Intelligence tests provide the best known means to measure general cognitive ability. There is a huge literature on ...


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Without knowing exactly what the factor you are interested in is, it is hard to predict how feasible it would be to manipulate it. For example, is it possible to make two videos of the speaker, one with the factor, and one without, with nothing else changing? My guess is that you probably can't do this, so I'm going to focus on how you might be able to run ...


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I see you want to measure reactions based on viewing a clip by demographics. How do I quantify how upset, uncomfortable, aggravated or displeased the subject felt? You quantify it by gathering hard data: heart rate, blood pressure, pupil dilation (if you can get it in the video), and whatever other similar experiments have measured. You have a ...


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Polygraph-style measurements might be useful to get some hard data - emotional excitement and stress have biological effects, and measuring+recording heart rate and blood pressure can be done rather simply. For qualitative analysis, it would be useful to capture as much as you can of the experiment - e.g. a video recording of the face to analyse expression ...


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The act of perceiving quantity without actually counting is known as subitizing, and it's something we can all do up to quantities of about 4 (i.e. you can tell how many fingers someone is holding up without counting them, right?). This open access article seems to review the idea quite nicely (although I've only skimmed it), including reference to so ...



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