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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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Are there any theories as to why parents make excuses for their adult child being abusive towards their partner or spouse?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question. If a better SE site exists to fit this question, feel free to migrate or direct me to it. I'm reading some stories about teens, usually ...
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How common is isolationist or systematic eating behavior?

I'm curious what the prevalence of isolationist or systematic eating behavior is. By this, I mean the behavior of eating one piece of a meal at a time and finishing it before moving on to next piece, ...
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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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Stop worrying about something when other don't worry about it

I've observed a common effect that, when anxious or preoccupied about one topic, people often find relief when others are not preoccupied about that topic or are told about instances when that topic ...
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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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Is innovativeness (medical/technical domain) associated with age?

Intuitively, I would say that younger people are more interested in adopting new technologies/tests/treatments/etc. But I can't find literature yet substantiating this. Is it actually true? ...
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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 ...
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Do twin studies overestimate heritability?

Do twin studies overestimate heritability (for instance by putting the interaction between environment and genome under the label "heritable")? If so why? Would you have any research papers to point ...
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Culture and/or personality influences on asking feeler questions

Are there studies looking at what influences the propensity for asking feeler questions, e.g. how much does personality (trait of some kind) influence this and how much does culture affect it? It ...
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What is the psychological term for reframing that uses false statements?

I want to know if there is an established psychology term for this pattern of behavior: A person does something, an action That something becomes known to one or more people, and the action is seen ...
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Is talking to oneself loudly a very common sign of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia.com states that Replaying or rehearsing conversations out loud- i.e. talking to yourself [is a] (very common sign) [of schizophrenia]. Looking at the site it's not clear who edits ...
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Psychological behavior of talking alone in front of mirror.

My child, 5 years old girl recently talked to herself about she just changed to new school in front of mirror. It was alone and she just talked to herself on mirror. Is it psychologically normal ...
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Research on improving long term focus [closed]

I have seen a lot of research on concentration or focus in the short term. But what about concentration and focus in the long term? For example, if I set a goal to write a novel over the course of 4 ...
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How is hypnosis not mind control?

OK, you might have to bare with me on this one. The concept that someone might influence another, even through suggestions, has never once sat comfortably with me. Across the internet people seem to ...
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Name of the psychological condition for someone who creates dramas because they need it in their lives

I know someone who is very dramatic, sometimes I think they create dramas because they need it in their life, I’ve heard of other people describe the same thing, is there a name for this type of ...
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What is the difference between a bias and a heuristic explained in layman terms?

Can anyone explain the difference in a way which can be explained to some one who does not a have a clue about psychology? May be examples could help.
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Name for problems with a short-term pay off but small long term cost?

Is there a name for the types of human behavioural problems where making a particular choice isn't a problem, but making the same choice over and over again leads to a bad outcome? Where there is an ...
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Is there a named psychological condition for people who find every bad thing to be someone's “fault?” [closed]

Suppose person X is looking for something he has lost. Instead of thinking he left it somewhere, he is convinced that person Y has taken it. X is so convinced of this that he will not even look for ...
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Question about perceived stubborn behavior patterns [duplicate]

Is there a relative diagnosis for someone who can't simply adapt to and/or use something that is already established? This type of personality would also need to have their own idea to validate their ...
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Do violent videos and video games affect your behaviour?

So I've heard many people say watching violent videos affect your behaviour. But I myself don't observe any change in me. So does it truly affect anyone and if yes how exactly? Some of the sites ...
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Is an avoidance of incest/inbreeding learned or instinctive?

Is the natural avoidance of incest something that is learned or is the human brain programmed by instinct to have a negative response to incest? This of course would have an evolutionary advantage and ...
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Is there a psychological term for enduring hardship to achieve a promised state?

I'm new to CogSci and to Psychology in general, so forgive me if this question has been answered before... I see a pattern in many sociological environments that goes like this: Someone promises a ...
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Psychology of disrespect and being proud of law breaking. How does it work and how to combat it?

I'm gonna talk about Russia. :) I'm not interested in foreign policy, relations, for this question... maybe just a tiny bit. A little preamble. After the collapse of the Soviet Union (hereinafter S....
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does speakers exhibit change of behavior when switching from one language to another? [duplicate]

I have a strong belief that being a bilingual or multilingual when we switch from one language to another our behavior change accordingly. For example, my native language is Urdu, I feel comfortable, ...
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Does the brain's reward system also work when the reward comes before the experience?

Here's how I understand how the brain rewarding system works, as described by behaviorism: When I eat a chocolate after learning, there's a chance that I'll connect the learning with the pleasurable ...
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Do we all look at pictures from left to right?

Because in western culture, writing and reading is from left to right, while arabic writing/reading is the opposite, chinese is from bottom to top and left to right (correct?) I don’t know about ...
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Is there any research which compares the bond between biological siblings vs. non-biological siblings or half-siblings? [closed]

A research like: “of 100 families that we studied we found: biological siblings had stronger/weaker bond vs. half-siblings vs non-biological and 40 years later their relationship was found stronger/...
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Are any kinds of behavior proved to correlate with estrogen levels?

Are any kinds of behavior proved to correlate with estrogen levels? Any studies done on this? Any indications of such correlations? Various research has shown correlations with testosterone and ...
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Is there a name or explanation for the behaviour of writing the second letter first? [closed]

When I am writing (pen and paper) I sometimes write the second letter of a word first. I write it like the first letter, so capitalized if that applies. I notice this problem the second I put it on ...
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Can someone please help me find this ancedote / experiment?

I have a faint memory regarding an ancedote/experiment conducted for a certain psychological behavioral recognition. My memory recalls: It has something to do with a University experiment which ...
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What is this stratagem called when someone talks to you like you're a slow-witted kid?

What is this conversational stratagem called when someone wants to fish out certain information from you but, because they don't want to ask you about it directly (as they expect you might get ...
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Extinction Burst in Humans

I've recently been exposed to the term extinction burst and was wondering how it applies to adult humans and habit modification and behavior management. All the research I've found focuses on ...
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Grieving for a loss of not experiencing an event

Sally never got married nor had children but sometimes imagines a 5-year daughter old talking to her. Sally never at any moment thinks the child is real and in such incidents griefs for being too old ...
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Method Acting Used For Cognitive Behavioral Modification

I was always fascinated by the stark contrast between the character played by Brad Pitt in True Romance (small role) and the character Rusty in Ocean's Eleven. Same person, completely different ...
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Does suppressing a desire make it more powerful?

Based on my minimal knowledge of old Freudian Psychoanalysis, if our drives and urges are not met they become more powerful, even overwhelming, for the individual, perhaps causing them psychological ...
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Is there evidence of a mechanism for transmission of instinct?

DNA would seem to be the only candidate for propagating instinctual behavior, yet I find that not credible. DNA mainly codes for the production of protein structures (like enzymes) and is mainly about ...
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Can the desire to change a romantic partner ever be satisfied?

Based on the typical relationship advise: "Don't try to change your partner" and such, I would say that many people want to see their romantic partners behaving just a little bit differently. It is a ...
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Is it possible that human behavior cannot be formalized as an optimization problem?

It is common to explain humans behavior by having the brain follow a certain objective function, that may have been formed through evolution. Given the objective function and infinite computing ...
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How can I recognize if a person is good subject for hypnosis?

Which behavior/personality traits should I look for?
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How is it called when we explicitly quantify a letter or digit instead of spelling it out multiple times?

When we need to repeat a letter or digit several times (for example when spelling out a number or an acronym) it is easier to explicitly quantify it instead of spelling it out repeatedly: for example ...
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Which theories explain that given a choice of hard and easy tasks one would pick the easy one?

Which theories deal with cost benefit analysis? For example, given a binary choice of hard and easy tasks (eg. Picking low hanging fruit, stealing what is not bolted down, cheating on a test, taking a ...
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Are inhibitory synapses the cause of not doing something?

Imagine you are driving your car, in front of you, you see a wall. What prevents us from driving against the wall? Is this accomplished by the brain having inhibitory synapses established here?