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revised When is it defendable to use manifest instead of latent variables in psychological research?
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comment What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?
For the same reasons they subscribe to scientific theories, mostly.
Mar
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comment Why do people laugh in serious situations?
Still an interesting question of course (+1) but note that part of the problem is the assumption that laughter is a straightforward “expression” of fun and amusement. Empirically, as you note, it's not, just as the smile is not simply an expression of contentment. The realization that it reflect multiple processes should be the starting point of any examination of laughter. From that perspective, laughter in fun situations is just as much in need of an explanation.
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comment Why do people make rants on Meta Stack Exchange sites?
You make some unsupported claim that they are equivalent without any evidence. None of this seem obvious to me and even flies in the face of the little I have heard about research on this topic. In any case, you do not mention a “mechanism” or an explanation of any kind.
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comment Does winning the Fields medal decrease subsequent research achievement?
Re practical vs. statistical significance: There could be a lot of sampling variability (but then you would expect less regular curves) and the plot could conceivably conceal other limitations but it speaks directly to the size of the effect so that criticism does not seem particularly relevant here.
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comment Does winning the Fields medal decrease subsequent research achievement?
My first thought upon reading the title was “beware of age/career stage” but it would precisely seem to be a good reason to select “contenders” as a control group. Interesting stuff in any case…
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comment Why do people make rants on Meta Stack Exchange sites?
-1 This answer does not address the question and contains no evidence or reference to relevant material.
Aug
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comment What explains the relative importance of physical versus mental features in human mate selection?
Note that natural selection is not restricted to sexual selection and those are not the only evolutionary processes.
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revised Have humans always had problems with motivation and laziness?
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comment Can we change our personalities?
@what As I explained, you won't find any research on the topic as you framed it as the question disappears once you clarify some key concepts and boils down to asking whether there is any stable trait. If you fail to explicitly state what counts as “personality” for you or specify what personality traits you are interested in, this is simply not amenable to empirical research.
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comment Why is it difficult for employees to express hatred to their boss?
Why would “social norms” not be associated with a “specific brain region”?
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revised If people did not have to work, what would motivate them to work?
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reviewed Satisfactory Is there an accurate online IQ test for measuring 160+ IQs?
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reviewed Leave Open How did the unique features of human intelligence evolve?
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comment Is the process of long term potentiation (LTP) definitively linked with brain plasticity?
I am afraid I don't understand the question. What do you mean by “can be used as a definitive link” or “intrinsically linked”? Both notions appear somewhat related but brain plasticity is broader and perhaps most often mentioned when discussing other, larger changes in the brain. Also, it's a somewhat vague notion so that it might not be useful to look for a canonical definition of what counts as “brain plasticity”.