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Has anyone formally tested Josh Pellicer's theory on human sexual behavior?

I read Josh Pellicer's book titled "Tao of Badass." He discusses the sexual behavior of men and women and how they interact during the dating process. However, I have been unable to find any ...
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Motivation vs Goal Oriented Behavior

What's the difference between these two terms when used in the context of cognitive psychology? To the best of my knowledge, research on 'Goal Oriented Behavior' refers to the subset of motivation ...
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What is the mechanism behind recurring or looping thoughts?

I'm interested in what is the mechanism that explains the recurrence or looping of thoughts within a person's mind. Unless very strongly distracted, such thoughts can creep up back or mutate slightly ...
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Is there a term that describes the behaviour of a person which transfers personal problems to other people and tries to solve them there?

I think my question is a little tricky to express, but I observed this kind of behaviour pattern many times and want to know if it's coined in cognitive sciences. To give an example, think about an ...
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How can psychometric or behavioural tests be used in banking to evaluate creditworthiness?

Suppose an entrepreneur or borrower with little credit or business history goes to a bank or some financial institution to borrow money. Banks can use, as an alternative to a credit or business ...
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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 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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What psychological disorders have frequent and rapid anger outbursts? [closed]

I'm interested in the mechanism behind a personality that can outburst anger rapidly and consistently for a long period. I've done some research and stumbled upon this issue described by multiple ...
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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 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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Why do some people react verbally to intrusive thoughts and/or embarrassing memories?

It seems to me that there are two kinds of intrusive thoughts. The first consists of those thoughts that didn't actually occur in real life, but are nonetheless intrusive and embarrassing and ...
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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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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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What is different between children and adults that cause children to forgive so quickly?

Today I observed three children at a birthday party become involved in an extremely serious altercation including the use of (toy) weapons. Tears were dropping, threats issued, punches and kicks ...
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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 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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Is movement/activity level related to serotonin availability or reuptake rates in the brain?

I'm aware of this research article that explores the relationship between motion and serotonin systems: 5-HT and motor control: a hypothesis. Based on the article above, it seems to me that a "very ...
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Are any kinds of behavior proved to correlate with testosterone levels?

Are any kinds of behavior proved to correlate with testosterone levels? Any studies done on this? Any indications of such correlations?
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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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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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Are Free Will and Motivation related?

I'm aware of numerous experiments, like Stanford prison experiment, Milgram experiment which indicate that humans can act in ways opposite to their best intentions. For the purposes of this question,...
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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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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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TOTE: Desired vs perceived state = Fight or flight

A key concept in 1960s control theory is TOTE (Test-Operate-Test-Exit)1: The concept seems to be neatly mapped to a modern cognitive concept: The brain constantly compares perceived state to the ...
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What happens in the brain upon a subsequent exposure to a desired stimulus within a short time?

I'm trying to understand what happens within a person's brain when a focus on an object of desire is temporarily disrupted by an outside event. In particular, what happens when the person focuses on ...
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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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Can a brain be modeled as a simplified interaction of different states and their triggers?

I've long been interested in the concept of "states of mind", which influence the perception of the outside world and outlook on past, present and future. They can be thought of as "colored lenses" ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Behavioral and mood differences between D1 and D2 dophamine receptors action in context of monogamy and out of it

Claim: I initially thought of posting this to Biology SE, but the fact that the question finds its resting formation in the area of cognition/mood/personality, I decided to post it here. It is stated ...
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Are adult negativity or resentment related to an infant crying for attention?

I've recently came across an idea, expressed by a spiritual author Ekhart Tolle, that for adults, the internal experience of negativity or resistance to life situations can be far more harmful than ...
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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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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?
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Sense of time: Evaluation and correlation with psychological traits and states

Some of us are often in hurry and always late. Some make mistakes while evaluating time-needs for tasks. How is our sense of time connected with our personality? Is it more correlated with the process ...
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Are there mental states that make the mind more susceptible to other negative mental states?

I've recently read the following folk parable and am interested if there is any truth to it. It is originally in russian(full version here), so I will translate the gist of it: The devil displays ...
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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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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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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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Does self-compassion have negative consequences? [closed]

Self-compassion is often compared with self-esteem and it seems that self-compassion is more effective and positive than self-esteem. A lot of studies have shown that excessive levels of self-esteem ...
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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 ...