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comment Does any neurological research exist surrounding Buddhist “enlightenment”?
There have been EEG and FMRI studies of long term meditating monks, but I'm not aware if any of these monks have claimed to be "enlightened"
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comment Is it possible to think of something that doesn't contain anything exists?
Are you asking about imagining an object that does not exist in real life?
Apr
26
comment Why is Internet Addiction Disorder not listed in the DSM-5 manual?
From my experience looking into the subject in 2010, there's little interest in internet or video game addiction research. Many people may agree that in 2016 we are looking at smartphone addiction as a massive issue
Apr
12
comment Literature with regards to facial attractiveness?
There's a show called "Brain games" on Netflix, which deals with a lot of popular cognitive neuroscience. They have a number of episodes dealing with faces and facial recognition. An interesting takeaway was - people could predict the outcome of local elections based on simply seeing pictures of 2 candidates. The accuracy was around 70% with no information other than the picture. This shows you how hard wired we are to process faces and project qualities onto them. Highly recommend that show :)
Apr
12
comment Why are some people jealous of other people's success?
This is also known as "pecking order". A person with more success/power is perceived as rising on the pecking order, which may make others competitive. Also, I've read that fluctuations in social hierarchy or primates are stressful for all involved.
Apr
12
comment Environmental cleanliness: what is cognitively fresh?
If I understand you correctly - you are asking how the brain knows that scents like lemon, lavender, etc are associated with that clean sparkly feeling. I have an answer here, which deals with chemosensors in a rat brain. I'd be interested if humans have something similar cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/1996/…
Apr
8
comment Is it possible to quantify/measure the effect of certain medication on our neurotransmitters and hormones?
Also see my question here cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/1748/…
Apr
8
comment Can the desire to change a romantic partner ever be satisfied?
I found your answer to be insightful - I never thought of interpersonal conflict as a catalyst and driver of societal change. I must note however, that this question is in the context of expectations of intimate romantic partner, and the dynamics at play may be very different from common social interactions, where no physical intimacy is involved.
Apr
8
comment Can the desire to change a romantic partner ever be satisfied?
@StevenJeuris Let me elaborate: I've been reading about Borderline Personality Disorders in women. BPD patients can experience uncontrollable rage/distorted thinking/splitting and have very little control over these distortions, even after being diagnosed, going through therapy, even being told of the behavior during the episode. To me this seems like an example of neurochemical process that subverts and distorts cognitive function. I'm interested if the desire to see change in partner is an example of a subtler, but similar process
Apr
8
comment Can the desire to change a romantic partner ever be satisfied?
@StevenJeuris I've seen "Same but different" used in a number of articles on modern addictions to video games or porn. These addicts can't be satisfied with a single "killer title" and are seeking novelty. They have their general preferences for genre, but within that genre they keep seeking slight variations of their favorite game/video. In essence, they want the same game, only slightly "modded", then it would be perfect, yet even then it can never become the idealized perfection the person is seeking.
Apr
8
comment Can the desire to change a romantic partner ever be satisfied?
@BeritLarsen It's possible that the phenomenon is at least partially similar to hedonic adaptation.
Mar
29
comment What cognitive bias prevents you from discarding stuff?
@MatasVaitkevicius I originally wanted to point out that the desire to "sell at a loss" might be just a mental trick to keep the stuff. It is almost certain that not all 100% of the stuff will be sold in one attempt, so the failed attempt may be used as a rationalization to keep the stuff to sell at some point in the future.
Mar
28
comment What cognitive bias prevents you from discarding stuff?
The question can be worded in a better way, but the issue it is raising is very real. Anyone who tried to get rid of the old stuff runs into the issue of keeping stuff "just because", maybe it will be useful in the future, maybe it will be useful in side projects, maybe someone will want it. All of these reasons are highly unlikely, so it's hard to throw stuff out.
Mar
25
comment Official term for the tendency to associate with like-minded people?
I've seen this phenomenon referred to as "homophilic bubble" when it happens at work, and your coworkers views reinforce your own. Apparently same can happen with internet searches: csci12vp.blogspot.com/2014/03/internet-homophilic-bubble.html
Mar
25
comment Can MBTI be measured objectively?
I've read quite a lot about MBTI model a few years ago, and remember that there are 4 major archetypes within it. In your case it would be not so much the S score as the combination of S + P score causing people to be interested in playing sports. While the combination of N + T would be more interested in sciences and such. The other two archetypes are SJ and NF
Mar
23
comment How does a woman reject an unsuitable man?
For future reference - the pattern is consistent with Borderline Personality Disordered women
Mar
9
comment Is there an emotional equivalent of Somatoparaphrenia?
Found another term - "Enmeshment" in codependent relationships en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Mar
8
comment What is the scientific term for unexpected, spontaneous dream recall?
I have a hypothesis that the recall is caused by triggering of neural networks that were active during the dream. It seems the network stays active for a short period of time and thus it is possible to recall related dreams for a short period of time after the exposure. I've also confirmed that I'm not the only one recalling childhood sayings in response to real life events.
Mar
2
comment How does a woman reject an unsuitable man?
Found 2 related terms - male hyperagency, where all actions are attributed/blamed on male. Another one is female hypoagency, where females are unable to take accountability for their actions.
Feb
27
comment Is there an emotional equivalent of Somatoparaphrenia?
Found this blog post that goes into a bit more detail. The term they use is "blame shifting", and mentions that it's common with the dark triad women illimitablemen.com/2014/12/14/the-shit-test-encyclopedia