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Is it better to having a mixed response or polarized response for behavior change?

Suppose there is some sort of behavior by a person which is linked to judgement by a large number of people, for example: Engaging in a stack exchange site Engaging in a public play/ speech Creating ...
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Understanding the difference between stress and anxiety with goal directed behaviour

I'm currently writing a paper and one of the points is about cognitive performance being impeded on in general anxiety disorder patients. The issue I have is that I found a great paper: The stressed ...
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What are the real motives of people helping to each other?

I'm wondering sometimes why people want to help someone. What are the real motives of it? The Karpman drama triangle says that 3 types of people exist and one of these types is rescuer and as I ...
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Why does a person not do something they want to do?

This is a question I have been fighting for a long time. I thought it was an individual issue, but I've recently noticed, that it's common for a lot of people I know. A person feels the need or urge ...
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Is depression linked to having difficulty into doing activities that are intensive (be it physically or mentally)?

Practicing exercise is recommended to treat depression for example. But I think people, in general, if they are with depression tend to deal with it by doing activities that don't suppose much effort ...
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Why do we "Freeze" in an Adrenaline Rush?

I heard that Adrenaline stimulates the "Fight-Flight-Freeze" reaction. This is because our brains still think that we are in the wild and there are Lions that want to eat us. But why is ...
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What is the meanning of an x-expressing neuron, with x = some protein?

I'm studying a neuroscientific paper, and in it the authors state that "defensive behaviors are mediated by a BLA population of magnocellular R-spondin 2-expressing (RSPO2⁺) neurons". I know ...
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Where to begin with Political Psychology literature?

I am a law and public policy scholar, and I'm currently developing a civics curriculum for YouTube. As a phd, I'm (perhaps to an unhealthy degree) concerned with being able to cite good science ...
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Effect of deniable encryption on willigness to give up secrets under torture

Suppose a person is tortured and can choose to give up secrets or not. What effect would a situation have in which the person cannot prove that they gave up all their secrets? Would a person give up ...
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What makes us feel that one person is more beautiful than the other? [duplicate]

What makes us feel that one person is more beautiful than the other? What makes some facial features attractive but some unattractive? Why a sharp nose, smallmouth, blue eyes, bright complexion, ...
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Do clothes influence behavior

I was just curious that does clothes influence behavior? I feel that if I wear sports wear I feel more joyful and energetic. Have any studies been done on it?
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is it possible that "the first given food determines the behavior of a child/person"?

In Pakistan, there is a custom that when a child is born we give him a tiny amount of food (something sweet e.g Honey, Dates, Brown Sugar). It is considered that whoever gives the first food to the ...
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Examples of extending the principles of behavioural sink into understanding human overpopulation effects

From the excerpt in Wikipedia about the Calhoun behavioural sink experiment, Many [female rats] were unable to carry pregnancy to full term or to survive delivery of their litters if they did. An ...
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Any ways to guesstimate IQ?

Is there any way to roughly approximate someone’s IQ simply based off of observing their behavior, mannerisms, speech, social interactions, etc? In other words, are their certain patterns of behavior ...
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Does anonymity decrease risk aversion?

I was wondering if anonymity decreases risk-aversion? And if there are studies made in this subject already from which this could be further researched. For example. If we imagine a public casino ...
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What can be learned from a persistent typing or writing error that happens frequently? [closed]

There is a specific typing or writing error that I make frequently, and would like to know more about. Often when I'm typing or handwriting, I end one word with the ending of the next one, even when ...
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littering more often in dirty places?

I'm now doing some city management related research and wondering about the idea of high crime areas. Well, the above phrase is a bit extreme. Say, littering, will this kind of behavior occur more ...
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Is there a relationship between viewing and committing war crimes

Recently, I’ve been curious if there’s any relationship between someone committing war crimes and previously viewing them. For example, the War in Afghanistan is considered asymmetrical warfare, where ...
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Can drunkenness be induced without substance consumption?

Basically the title. Is it possible for a person to experience all or most of the symptoms of (mild) drunkenness, such as mild sedation and poor coordination, by purely psychological means and without ...
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Psychological explanation for uncontrollable laughter and apparent symptoms of drunkenness in charismatic Christian congregations?

Holy laughter and spiritual drunkenness are two very correlated experiences that have been reported many times in charismatic Christian congregations. Quoting Wikipedia: Holy laughter is a term used ...
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Is the inability for people to accept they may be wrong on a topic (and the rationales for that) something that psychology ever discusses in depth? [duplicate]

Pride, shame, hubris and ego being factors in whether a person is able to consider they may be wrong on a statement, claim or stance on a topic. Not only consider wrongness, but accept or note their ...
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Combining Discrete Choice Experiments with Theory of Planned Behavior

Topic background: How beliefs and personal values of a farmer influence his/her willingness to consider/adopt environmentally friendly innovations on-farm. I want to assess if relative preferences for ...
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Role play in laboratory experiments - literature hints?

I want to conduct a laboratory experiment with a cohort of students to assess the determinants of their willingness to adopt an environmentally friendly technology in farming. I want them to imagine ...
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Word for behavior change when a superior is around?

People (especially in groups) act differently when they are aware that a superior is present. I am looking for a term that describes this phenomenon. Similar but not quite what I mean: The Hawthorne ...
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Psychological explanation for the situations (in TV, movies, video games, etc.) in which a heated argument turns into a make out session

I have seen this kind of situation a lot on movies, video games, comics and other media. Basically Alice and Bob are having a very serious, heated and hostile argument, involving a lot of shouting and ...
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Do toddlers have to learn what they feel?

In Thomas Metzinger's book Being No One, he claimed at the start of section 6.3.3 Have you ever seen a child, who has just learned to walk, run toward a set of two or three stairs much too fast and ...
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What is the cause for the Japanese people’s exemplary civility? [closed]

Japanese people should certainly be commended for their exemplary displays of civility, I’m sure this doesn’t require debating (this scholarly source including examples like respecting subway stair ...
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In the behaviorism it is argued that we learn behavior, but (how) does this influence our way of thinking?

I'm currently learning psychological approaches and social psychology, and this question popped into my head. The book on the approaches is: Glassman, W., Hadad, M. (20130116). Approaches to ...
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How much does money (or any desired good) influence a person on average?

I'd like to know if there's any study about that, I'm specially interested if it determines how much it influences a certain person behavior in a certain given percentage and the quantities from where ...
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Does everyone make big mistakes? [closed]

It is sometimes said that we all make big mistakes. Is this true? As a starting point, 'big mistake' could be defined as a mistake which we do unconsciously for months, and for which the implications ...
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Why there are four types of temperament?

There are several approaches to categorize personality characteristics into similar amount of types: the four temperament theory, DISC theory, the PAEI model. Is there any research about possible ...
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Do bodily manifestations (e.g. jerking) and intense euphoric sensations (e.g. "heat", "electricity") always co-occur in spiritual experiences?

After analyzing multiple reports of spiritual experiences, I've identified two general categories: Bodily manifestations: shaking, jerking, trembling, contorting, etc. (see this related question for ...
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What sort of therapy could help a person become more extraverted?

Is there any therapy that is considered effective for changing a person's personality from introversion toward extraversion in the absence of any specific diagnosable disorder? I am able to find many ...
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Why do some individuals enjoy watching scary videos?

Does watching scary videos affect mental health? Are some individuals more/less prone to feeling scared than others?
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Looking for references discussing aspect of human/animal adaptivity and its pertaining computational objectives

Does anyone know some references (e.g. papers or book chapters) that discuss aspects of the adaptivity of human/animal based on studying the behavior and ideally, what computational objectives ...
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How to build a personal behavioural chart? [closed]

The question is realistically in two parts: how could a personal behavioural survey be constructed? are there any existing personal behavioural survey tools available? The behavioural survey may ...
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Difference between conditioned freezing, shock sensitization to startle and conditioned fear potentiation to startle?

I am reading paper-listed below-that talks about three terms, Conditioned freezing; Shock sensitization to startle; Conditioned fear potentiation to startle. I understand that conditioned freezing ...
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What's the behaviour of downplaying the importance of something you wanted but didn't get called?

I've seen this phenomenon in various pieces of media, but recently observed it in real life and I'm wondering what it's called. Basically, when you want something but don't get it, you downplay the ...
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Are we biased against other people's suggestions?

Recently, I have realized that whenever my friends suggest me a movie or a tv show to watch, there is an instinctive response inside me that always tells me to not try the suggestion. I then realized ...
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What is the difference between naive cynicism and naive realism?

I understand Naive realism as: I am objective and whoever disagrees with me is biased. I don't get Naive cynicism though. Does is stand for: I am objective and others are more selfish than me? What is ...
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How can positive and negative mindsets influence interpersonal relationships with others?

I want to know how positive and negative mindset can influence interpersonal relationships with others. For example: if you have a negative mindset, would people not want to relate with you?
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What is the effect of movies and TV series on criminals?

In whole genres of movies and TV series, criminals and criminal organizations have a central role, either in the role of villains or anti-heroes. And I think it is safe to assume that, given the broad ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings? (see videos for illustrative examples)

Basically the title. I would like to know if there are scientific studies on the phenomenon of experiencing sudden body shaking and trembling in religious settings, usually in response to the command ...
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Is exercise considered a 'fight-flight' situation by our brain?

When you do heavy exercise like running, your heart rate, and breathing increases, is it because of the sympathetic nervous system controls it? Or the Sympathetic nervous system only activates on the ...
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Why do people seem to do the opposite of what they were told regardless if their actions have repercussions or not?

In My Country Uganda, we are put under total lockdown. a curfew was imposed that starts at 7 Pm, but on the contrary, when it clocked 7 PM, people were not in their houses but rather on the verandas ...
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Psychological explanation for exorcisms?

I'm doing research on alleged testimonies and evidences of the spirit realm. In particular, I've been lately reviewing testimonies and live recordings of exorcisms, some of which I find particularly ...
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Why humans like to rank things, make lists etc.?

I was wondering if anyone can provide some scientific explanation on why humans seem to like organising (cultural) items in arrangements such as lists, rankings, best-ofs etc. Some reference to ...
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Avoidant behaviour and ego boosting

Amateur here. Let's suppose I know a person who is an expert on a certain subject, say history. Since I like history myself, I will ask him/her a number of questions on subjects that I know only ...
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Do we humans have an innate perception of what are secure behaviors? If yes, to what extent?

Recently, I heard in a podcast that people enjoy booths or corners in restaurants because we have a natural preference for spaces we deem more secure (e.g. in this case, we can see the rest of the ...
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"Being of the same mind" as a scientific concept

Folk psychology knows and uses the concept of "being of the same mind" that often is supposed to explain why two people find themselves sympathic or like (or even love) each other. "Being of the same ...
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