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Top new questions this week:

Do modern personality traits exist with native people

I am wondering if there is any evidence of personality traits like intro versus extroversion existing in native people without any contact with modern society, or if they are a result of modern life.

cognitive-psychology personality evolution  
asked by Jakob Abfalter 3 votes
answered by Victor S 1 vote

Is the approximation of the Medial Frontal Gyrus in the region of the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex?

I'm wondering if the MFG is located in the region considered the DLPFC?

neuroscience cognitive-neuroscience neuroanatomy  
asked by TomD 2 votes
answered by Bryan Krause 2 votes

What is receptor tonic activation?

From Long-term administration of the dopamine D3/2 receptor agonist pramipexole increases dopamine and serotonin neurotransmission in the male rat forebrain: The sensitivity of postsynaptic D2 ...

asked by user155624 2 votes
answered by Bryan Krause 1 vote

Why are core beliefs often phrased as opposites?

I was reading about core beliefs (here and here). While I get the definition, the examples seem very simple to me. For example "I'm ugly" vs "I'm beautiful". Don't most people accept that things exist ...

terminology human-factors happiness  
asked by snowchym 1 vote

Why do I always screw up when people are watching?

I’m wondering why people are more likely to fail when they know people are watching and or counting on them. For example in a football game where there is 2 seconds left in the game, and team A has ...

asked by Cotton Headed Ninnymuggins 1 vote
answered by steveLangsford 1 vote

Mismatch negativity vs. mismatch response

MMN x MMR - mismatch negativity versus mismatch response: How are the concepts related and what is the difference between them?

cognitive-neuroscience experimental-neuroscience  
asked by Slepecky Mamut 1 vote
answered by Bryan Krause 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why is the order of white/grey matter different in the brain and spinal cord?

In the brain proper, grey matter forms the outer layer of the brain, and white matter forms the inner layer. In the spine, this is reversed: white matter forms the outer layer of the spine, and grey ...

neuroscience neuroanatomy  
asked by RECURSIVE FARTS 8 votes
answered by AliceD 8 votes

Is extreme empathy and compassion considered a disorder?

Can extreme empathy and compassion get to a point where it is considered a disorder? For example, if someone is so empathetic, when feeling someones pain it negatively affects their life to the same ...

cognitive-psychology abnormal-psychology emotion psychiatry behaviorism  
asked by Greg McNulty 24 votes
answered by Nich Del 19 votes

Basis for "we make 35,000 decisions a day" statistic

In an advertisement by Microsoft for their To-Do product they use a statistic that we "make over 35,000" decisions a day. Unsurprisingly, they don't cite a source. Is there any scholarly basis for ...

decision-making executive-function  
asked by ebpa 7 votes
answered by Arnon Weinberg 12 votes

How can we scientifically measure love?

I want to understand the psychology of love, and I found the Triangular Theory of Love on Wikipedia from this question, which I think is very believable. However, there is a big section on mixed ...

social-psychology measurement love  
asked by Laura 14 votes
answered by Josh de Leeuw 13 votes

What it is called when a mother has sexual desires towards her son?

I know about Oedipus complex. What is it called when a mother has sexual desires towards her son? Is the term reserved for single mothers or does it include married mothers?

abnormal-psychology parenting sexuality psychoanalysis  
asked by Freud 8 votes
answered by keith 7 votes

Why do people want what they don't have now?

There are many examples of people wanting what they don't have. For example, a single man may want to have a girlfriend, but after some time of having a girlfriend, he may want to be single again. Or ...

social-psychology emotion motivation consumer-psychology  
asked by tsykora 13 votes
answered by Sai Krishna 0 votes

What causes some people to unconsciously imitate the accents of others?

Background: I often notice that when I talk with someone with an accent that I often unconsciously start to imitate their accent. Similarly, you see some people that very quickly after moving to a ...

language communication auditory-discrimination  
asked by Jeromy Anglim 20 votes
answered by Robert 19 votes
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