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Jan
27
comment KKK Group Psychology
If you think the Nazis in Germany and the KKK (or Nazis in the USA today) have anything in common beyond racism, then you seriously need to read up on your history.
Jan
27
comment KKK Group Psychology
The NSDAP on the other hand was founded, forbidden and refounded in a situation of general political unrest. They were an extreme political party among many other extreme political parties. The situation between Oregon in 1920 and Germany in 1920 is not comparable. Europe had just seen the (then not first but only) World War. The Soviet Union was founded in 1922. Germany faced a major economic crisis during the 1920s. Mussolini and his fascist party reigned in Italy and raided Greece and Yugoslavia. In 1923 part of Germany was occupied by French forces. Germany and Europe were in turmoil.
Jan
27
comment KKK Group Psychology
Very simple. The KKK was dissolved in 1871 because of strong oppostion by the federal government. It was considered a terrorist origanization and clan members were prosecuted. When the clan was refounded in 1915, it was clear to its members that its goals and practices were not shared by the majority of their community and opposed by their government. They had to operate in secret, or not operate at all. Protecting their identities (against spies in their own ranks) was a necessity and had nothing to do with psychology.
Jan
23
comment Does Heritability Define the Person in Terms of the Population?
I would think the criticism against heritability as a problematic construct is aimed against an older view that sees genes as the only or major factor in determining what form a certain trait may take in the grown organism. The common view today is that genes and environmental factors both play a part, and that the influence of genes may in some cases be minor.
Jan
23
comment Does Heritability Define the Person in Terms of the Population?
You could provide a source so we can read that statement in context?
Jan
22
comment Concerning mental states and how much the mind can influence itself
Well, Nash did recover from his disorder, didn't he? Wether he was successful in his "rational self therapy", or wether he simply developed out of it ("spontaneous" remission), would be difficult to discern.
Jan
20
comment Evidence that positive rewards are learnt faster than negative rewards?
There are studies, I remember from my course in developmental psychology. But as my statistics teacher used to say: if you have one bag full of apples, and one bag full of oranges, you don't need a t-test to calculate effect size. But you are welcome to go look at an introductory textbook or dig through some database, if you think you need proof for the obvious.
Jan
17
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Jan
15
revised Does fixing cognitive biases do more harm than use?
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Jan
15
comment Topics for short-term EEG project, and sources for freely available EEG data
Personally I believe that science is an area that requires creativity. If you cannot come up with an idea for what to study now, how are you going to be a successful researcher or scholar later? Stop expecting others to tell you what to do, and find out what you want to do. It's more fun!
Jan
15
comment Evidence that positive rewards are learnt faster than negative rewards?
As for sources: I'm too lazy to find evidence for the fact that the sun goes up in the East.
Jan
15
comment Evidence that positive rewards are learnt faster than negative rewards?
It is. As for why: People are not machines. If you are beaten, you will despise your teacher. This hinders learning. If you are smiled at, you will love your teacher. This makes you want to learn. Or in cogsci terms: you have a confounding variable that comes from the differing emotional value of positive and negative rewards. (This is a good example for why a computing background can hinder psychological theorizing. You need to let go of the human = computer metaphor and look at people from a human perspective.)
Jan
14
comment Name for awareness of the probability of an event increasing the probability of it happening
You compare zero tolerance enforced during December and January, that is only one month of last year (December), with the road toll over the whole year. I don't see how the zero tolerance during December could affect the death toll during the eleven months preceding it.
Jan
14
answered How strongly are creative ideas influenced by our environment?
Jan
14
answered Why is it so difficult to use a “true mirror” as a mirror
Jan
14
revised Are good students truly good at all things?
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Jan
14
revised Are good students truly good at all things?
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Jan
14
answered Are good students truly good at all things?
Jan
14
comment Are good students truly good at all things?
To me this question is concise and on topic. I vote to keep and not close.
Jan
14
comment Why do battered persons love their partners?
This makes sense, but do you have sources for this interpretation or is that your speculation?