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Top new questions this week:

Death caused by "Failure to Thrive" (FTT)

This question, whilst to a degree can be seen as "common sense" in some respects, has puzzled me in other ways. Looking at the situations where Failure to Thrive (FTT) can cause death, even the ...

social-psychology developmental-psychology brain-development cognitive-development  
asked by Chris Rogers 2 votes
answered by Jan 2 votes

What can happen if a human takes SB-243213?

SB-243213 acts as a selective inverse agonist for the 5-HT2C receptor. The 5-HT2C receptor is one of many 5-HT receptors which are receptors that bind serotonin, and seems to play a major role in ...

depression psychopharmacology schizophrenia neuro-transmitters serotonin  
asked by SB-243213fan 2 votes

Which characteristics of neural activity patterns underlie conscious experience?

Which specific characteristics of neural activity patterns are unique for the cortex and neocortex as the presumed "seat of consciousness" and can only be observed there? Activity patterns having ...

neuroscience consciousness neuroimaging  
asked by Hans-Peter Stricker 1 vote
answered by user287279 1 vote

Would Newspeak actually work for what the Party intends it for?

In George Orwell's novel 1984 the ruling Party is creating a "new version" of English, called Newspeak, which focuses on removing any and all parts of the language which can be used to express any ...

language philosophy-of-mind language-processing  
asked by Anju Maaka 1 vote

What is the actual work of dopamine? Does it provide happiness or gives birth to desire?

As per my initial readings about dopamine are concerned it is usually stated that (like here ) Dopamine is a hormone associated with happiness. But today I have come across a video in which ...

dopamine executive-function  
asked by adesh mishra 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Positive and negative reinforcement and punishment effectiveness

According to Skinner, positive reinforcement is superior to punishment in altering behavior. As Skinner discussed, positive reinforcement is superior to punishment in altering behavior. He ...

behaviorism conditioning  
asked by Richard Ayotte 20 votes
answered by H.Muster 14 votes

What is it called when a person seeks to compare themselves to others?

What is it called when a person consciously or unconsciously looks for similarities and differences in other people's reasoning, behavior, actions or past events and compares them with his/her own ...

social-psychology bias similarirty  
asked by Lord of Life 3 votes

What is the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

It seems that many people say that hypnosis and meditation are very similar. But what are their key differences (both in a soft and hard way)?

meditation hypnosis  
asked by proton 11 votes
answered by BillW 4 votes

How to reliably measure working memory capacity?

The capacity of human working memory is subject to individual differences. The number of items or chunks a person can retain in their memory may, have profound effects on a variety of other cognitive ...

memory measurement working-memory short-term-memory  
asked by crsh 22 votes
answered by analystic 8 votes

Does masturbation affect brain in long term?

I am interested in knowing. Does masturbation (once daily) affect the brain negatively in terms of: Memory and concentration skills during the long term ? Does it affect it in the short term? After ...

developmental-psychology sexuality brain-development  
asked by New one 10 votes

Why would I be asked to count backwards by 3, from 100 in a psychological test?

On an initial mental health consultation with a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I was asked, among many other odd questions, to count backwards by three. 100, 97, 94... This was quite a number of ...

measurement abnormal-psychology intelligence test neurology  
asked by knivez 3 votes
answered by Sydney Maples 3 votes

Why do people suddenly look back if you look at them for a while?

You possibly are familiar with the following situation, I do not know if this is a researched phenomena or not however. You look straight at somebody for some time and suddenly, even though he or she ...

cognitive-psychology social-psychology  
asked by Jakob Abfalter 13 votes
answered by Eoin 14 votes
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