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Why do people jump off of buildings looking down at the ground? [closed]

I was watching an indian movie where a student gets the result of a very important exam and finds out he has failed, after minutes of crying bitterly and standing in the balcony talking to his friend ...
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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. In doing this research I came ...
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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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Why some people feel afraid to ask questions?

Suppose, someone wants to know something about a topic. To know better me must ask questions to others about the topic. But, there are some people who have a great curiosity for the knowledge but ...
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Why do children who have been abused/neglected urinate/defecate in inappropriate places?

I have heard this is not too uncommon. What is the function of this behavior? From my experience with a child who has done this for years, this behavior is not an accident. He will urinate onto his ...
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Is there evidence that individuals consistently prefer entities according to their animacy?

It is evident from language that everyone can distinguish the living entities from the otherwise, or, rather, that there is a scale between two poles that is widely agreed upon. This observation is ...
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How are role and behaviour connected?

Let us look at definitions first. A role (also rôle or social role) is a set of connected behaviors, rights, obligations, beliefs, and norms as conceptualized by people in a social situation. It ...
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Research correlating stress/boredom with eating/comfort-seeking?

Imagine a few common stressful situations that we all go through: Being struck in traffic Having to wait for a bus, train... Going through security/immigration control at an airport Purely an ...
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Why do our brains act in such a evil way sometimes that hurts other people?

I have seen some real evil acts. And I almost lost confidence in humanity. Why do we become so evil sometimes that hurts other people? I guess everybody knows the Renaissance novel Les Miserables by ...
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Is there a subfield of psychometrics focused not on test questions but “high-resolution” “behavioral” data?

I'm new here but I thought y'all would be the best place to ask. Is there some research sub-community that studies how to measure psychological constructs and processes when you have high-resolution ...
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Is there a protocol to cluster observed behaviour data? [closed]

I have observed a number of users in 3 public parks during the course of 2 months and have identified 60 different types of uses. I can't find a protocol to classify similar uses (not users) into ...
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Hobbies / interests correlated with Big 5 scores?

Are there any established treatments (I'm going to leave the exact terms a little bit vague because my understanding is vague) of which hobbies and interests are most likely to be attractive to ...
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Similiarity in psychological reactions among humans [closed]

Is it true that humans largely have the same psychological reactions when put in the same situations? Do reactions differ in relation to genetic differences, and if so how much? What sort of research ...
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Do we still not know whether violent video games negatively affect players?

As per the answer to the 2018 question on this site about the same topic, we did not know whether there was a causal link between exposure to violent video games and aggressive behavior because the ...
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How to explain individual ignorance towards people wanting to help?

Please allow me to introduce the context of the situation first before asking my questions. This week I was taking part in a non-violent occupation of a public place (in Paris) within the context of ...
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Are there any studies regarding elderly people and learning resiliance?

On Parenting, issues regarding emotional resilience are often discussed as something of great value, a lifelong gift to give to one's child, and I cite studies and articles to help parents learn what ...
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Why do right-handed people put things in their left pocket, and vice versa?

I'm not entirely sure if their is a duplicate of this question, or if this is the right SE site, topic, so sorry in advance if I am wrong. Throughout my life, I have noticed that many people, ...
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Scientific basis for the existence of microaggression

Microaggression has been used in the articles and has become more commonplace in the public discourse. I remember reading articles proposing existence of microaggressions but have not seen any ...
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Is Autism associated with an increased drowning risk for adults?

I have found several popular articles (e.g. ScienceDaily, The Globe and Mail, and WebMD) indicating that children with Autism have a significantly elevated risk of drowning. The general theory seems ...
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If self-control is the executive function to resist temptation, how does the brain decide what is and what is not a temptation?

What determines the "default behaviour" if no self-control is applied? Most documents refer to satisfaction of immediate desire, but that does not seem to explain how quite sophisticated behaviors ...
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What is it called to attack a person then say something uplifting?

Say a manager emailing the people under her in a way that to them feels degrading, and putting down. But at the end of the email its encouraging/uplifting type saying I know you are intelligent and ...
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Persistent problems among relationsips

Firstly my apologies if this isn't the correct se sight to ask this. Background I had a psychology professor some years ago (now that I think of it probably more like many years ago...) who ...
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Uncsoncious expectation of other people to be motivated by the same values as you

Is there a special term describing the situation when somebody automatically expects other people's behaviour to be motivated by the same values that motivate his own? For instance, out of my ...
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Is there a Big Five personality assessment under an open-commercial license?

I am currently working on a project with a few students. It's an app that can test the big 5 personality test. The problem is, I am having trouble finding one that is under an open license and that we ...
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Is passive-aggressive behavior conscious or unconscious?

It is my experience that people who show passive aggressive behavior do not realize it or at least do not admit it. Which leads me to the question whether passive-aggressive behavior can be ...
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Is there a mental disorder in which one is unable to determine personal preferences, and as a result, is a cause of great distress?

I know that our preferences and tastes help shape our behaviors and what activities we willingly engage in, but I also know that being faced with indecision is a common feature of the human experience....
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Why it is so difficult to think critically about family members behaviour?

It seems to me that some survival mechanisms working in us make the act of analyzing family members behaviour very difficult. We tend to perceive the family's behaviours as normal, even if there are ...
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Does the way a popular behaviour is discussed affect whether it would be imitated?

I think I’ve came across a contradiction in relation to these two phenomenon. On the one hand there is the following example: there was a vintage advert against pollution whereby a lot of people were ...
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Are reaction time and memory physiological measure or behavioral observation?

I think that the choice made by a subject in a choice task should be behavioral observation. But I am not sure about reaction time and memory, which is more about ability instead of intention.
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Why some papers suggest that losses and gains are coded by the same mechanism while other suggest that distinct circuits anticipate gain and loss?

In this paper, it states that "Consistent with neuroimaging evidence suggesting that distinct circuits anticipate gain and loss,..." However in this paper, it states "..., these results are consistent ...
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How is addiction distinguished from engagement when making a determination about a person's behaviour?

Based on some discussions over on another StackExchange forum site over a particular question about user engagement vs. addiction, it was suggested that the question be posed on the Psychology and ...
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Psychology Research, Questionnaire Help Needed

I am Computer Science student and studying Psychology as an elective. Now I was required to conduct a research on any topic. I chose: Negative Effects of Permissive Parenting Style on Youth of ...
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Why do people bid on online auctions sooner than a few seconds before it ends? [closed]

This is something that has always puzzled me about human behavior on online auction platforms. I am talking about a specific platform where you can sell almost any item you want with a starting bid ...
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Nature vs. nurture in irritability?

For example, personally I'm quite irritable. It's not hard to irritate me and I swear either through an inner voice or whisper very often, but not out-loud. That does not happen very often. This is ...
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In a class room setting, why do people look at you when you are asking a question?

Picture this scenario: You are a student enrolled in a large class You arrived slightly late to the class, so you are sitting at the back of the class You raise your hands to ask the teacher a ...
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What are the personality correlates of moral outrage?

It seems surprisingly hard to pin down what moral outrage actually involves. It's easier to say what it isn't: However, moral outrage—anger at the violation of a moral standard—should be ...
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Saying things to shock others [closed]

Is it strange or categorically bad to say things that shock others knowingly, and enjoy their reaction? I have a close friend who partakes in such behavior, and I want to understand his motivation a ...
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Is CBT-based anger management effective?

I have no doubt that some (aggressive) medication will definitely work in cutting people's anger-outburst potential. But is the usual CBT-based anger management class effective? There's a 2013 BBC ...
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What emotion/sensory feeling is this?

The facial expression is: 2C+6+12+24A (Facial Action Coding System) I can't find out what expression and emotion this represents. Also if anybody knows a site which lists more than the universal ...
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Scientific articles linking personal-professional growth

I am writing an allegation letter to obtain funds to enroll in an activity for personal development, although the frame in which I ask for the finds is in "transversal activities related to research ...
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Do we know a priori any rules about the world?

1) Is there any set of rules that human beings or, more generally, other sentient living beings know a priori before any learning process? In other words, do sentient living beings always were born ...
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What hormones stimulate non-sexual intimate behaviour?

From wikipedia article sexual motivation and hormones, it is said that testosterone/estrogen, oxytocin and vasopressin are stimulating sexual behaviour. But I'm wondering if any of these hormones are ...
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Do laws and taboos affect personality in destructive ways?

There are some controversial laws and taboos in different societies. I will start with examples so you can better undestand what I will say and ask. Example 1. Sexual consent laws. Imagine a ...
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Best meditation techniques to overcome Behavioral Addictions?

Meditation seems to be one of the top techniques recommended nowadays for self-development (e.g. McGonigal, K. 2011). For people who want to overcome behavioural addictions (i.e. any "addiction that ...
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How does one escape learned helplessness?

I've been researching learned helplessness lately, an idea that seems to be responsible for much of the negative behavior observed in humans. Basically, the idea is that once repeatedly exposed to an ...