Questions tagged [cognitive-psychology]

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Viability of low THC cannabis for C-PTSD with past dissociation episodes [closed]

Passie, et al. (2012) says cannabis helps against post-traumatic-stress disorder. In the case of C-PTSD (complex post traumatic stress disorder) combined with past dissociation episodes, is low THC ...
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Does Brain Damage Lead to changes in Subconscious Thoughts?

We all know that brain damage can alter personality. The common example is Phineas Gage. I tried researching the effects of brain damage on subconscious thought processing on Google, but I couldn't ...
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Learn Cognitive Empathy

I recently stumbled upon some psychology sites and learned more about the 3 types of empathy. Since I want to understand everyone better, I want to improve my skills at empathy. I found a lot of ...
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Is there any evidence for a link between religiosity and belief in conspiracy theories?

I've heard claims made that more religious individuals were more likely to fall for various conspiracy theories. I've personally been able to find studies linking religiosity to belief in qanon ...
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Why is it that some people can visualize images in their minds and some cannot? [duplicate]

Recently I learned that a couple of my friends cannot visualize images in their minds. One friend mentioned that it takes effort for him to visualize something you've told him to think about. He also ...
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What's the exact definition of a cognitive mechanism?

I've been trying to get to a specific definition of a cognitive mechanism, but googling it surprisingly didn't give me anything. The only things I've found out are : How to know if something can be ...
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reaction time beween congruent and incongruent tasks using audio and vsiual modality

I am writing an experimental report in cognitive psychology, where I am finding the reaction time between congruent and incongruent tasks when I am using two different modalities- auditory and visual. ...
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Does the cohesion of groups stem from the need to be observed?

Morpheus is a fictional AI prototype appearing in the videogame Deus Ex. Interestingly, during in-game conversations, Morpheus says: "The need to be observed and understood was once satisfied by ...
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Studies on how art affects people

Are there more specific studies on how and why art affects people? I think art is very subjective. I would like an answer that can encompass, if possible, both music, games and paintings when it comes ...
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PhD in research psychology: Can I only do research and NOT teach at a university?

I have a master's and am now interested in getting my PhD in psychology with a concentration in cognitive science. Only, I don't want to teach or become a professor after graduation. I just want to ...
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Similarities and differences among Internal Family Systems, Shadow Work, and Schema Therapy

I'm interested in knowing more about Internal Family Systems, Shadow Work, and Schema Therapy, in relation to each other. All 3 appear to provide a way to become a more integrated person. I have 4 ...
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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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Whats the term used to describe a situation where one does not finish the work as he is always looking for a better solution?

I read somewhere about a psychological phenomenon where one is not able to finish a task in time as the entire time is spent in looking for a better or optimum version of a solution - but can't ...
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Correlation between sexual repression in adolescents and sexual deviancy later in life?

Is there a correlation between sexual repression and sexual deviancy? Now we all have heard stories of people growing up in incredibly strict households that become some of the most exploratory and ...
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How move Working Memory (WM) span task into a VR?

How a classic Working Memory Capacity task that can be translated into a VR Task? I want to study the effect of WM Load into resource allocation in a VR Environment. To do so I would like to move a WM ...
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Is cognition a zero-sum phenomenon?

In other words, are cognitive resources finite? Let's say, hypothetically, our mind is only processing 2 tasks: word retrieval and executive decision-making. If I have to dedicate cognitive resources ...
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What happens when we put attention on something for longer time

I have noticed and it must be a common experience for many of people that when they put attention for extended period of time which could be as little as 15 minutes or could span over days something ...
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Are there established psychological reasons why many see the world from a “dualism” perspective? [duplicate]

By dualism, I’m referring to the tendency of seeing two sides of an issue that appears to be connected yet different. This has been described as dualism, dialectic, etc, by various sources. For ...
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Cognitive overtraining syndrome

Since at least the late 80's, overtraining syndrome has been extensively studied and discussed in the field of sport medicine. It is know considered as an established entity, yet its pathophysiology ...
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What is the Reason Behind This Individuals Variability in Raven's 2 Clinical Edition Scores?

The Raven's 2 Clinical Edition developed by Pearson features an item bank comprised of questions numbering in the hundreds. Because of this each test differs from the other with possible combinations ...
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Psychology of betting against a desired outcome as “compensation”

I’m a pretty rational person. Maybe that’s why I don’t bet often (I can count my bets on one hand...) But whenever I have bet, I usually bet against what I want to happen (e.g. my favourite football ...
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Is there scientific evidence that IQ tests measure intelligence? [duplicate]

IQ tests are quite popular, but they seem to be lacking a scientific proof confirming their accuracy of measuring ones intelligence. No matter how hard I've searched I haven't been able to find a ...
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Is it possible to have bipolar and aphantasia?

I've recently read this study An investigation of mental imagery in bipolar disorder: Exploring “the mind's eye” . One interesting thing in it is that "the BD group performed worse on the verbal ...
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What could measuring the N400 response to stimuli of inconsistent stereotypes tell us?

I'm working on a project proposal for a class on intergroup relations and thought this might be interesting to observe. Participants would be shown consistent stereotypical video clips (e.g. Asian's ...
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In an experiment with animated stimuli, should I accept answers during Animation Time and count it into the Response Time?

In an experimental task where the response time is an important variable to compare two groups with different conditions, and there are animated stimuli (movement), should the response be accepted ...
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Effect of having false confidence because of confusion of familiarity and knowledge

What is the name of the effect which causes one to skip information that feel familiar during learning due to the confusion of familiarity and knowledge?
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Does nostalgia contribute to overrating past experiences?

We all have something in our lives that we are sentimental about, and even a glimpse of that object/idea can bring back happy memories. And nostalgia makes the remembrances of those experiences feel ...
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Do people promote conditionals to counterfactuals if they disbelieve the premises?

This is a claim from philosophy/logic intro textbook, but it is making factual statements about how people process conditionals when the premises contradict their beliefs: ‘It’s not the case that, if ...
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Why do we need to know why something is needed or relevant?

I have been doing some research for my thesis and one of the subjects I am researching is motivation. Something that I've generally noticed is that if we do not find something relevant or needed for ...
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Can the administration of self-report measures of craving prompt participants with addiction to experience craving during the experiment?

My research focuses on measuring the neural correlates (through resting-state EEG) pre-post an improvisational music therapy session (MT sessions) in clients with substance misuse. One of my variable ...
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Gestalt Principles of Perception

I have studied that Gestalt Principles are principles/laws of human perception that describe how humans group similar elements, recognize patterns, and simplify complex images when we perceive objects....
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Is there a cognitive bias that makes people consider information coming from someone they don't like as more likely to be wrong?

Frequently I noticed this happening with people. When A dislikes B, A tends to think B is wrong all the time. And it seems to be persistent, even when B is proven correct multiple times, it doesn't ...
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Memory Retention of [submininal] information

How effective is memory retention of [subliminal] information when specifically focusing your attention on a different focal point? I.e... If I attempt to retain information from a lecture by playing ...
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About Tracking the psychological defense mechanism

I am searching to find about the method of understanding the reason of being unconsciousness of the psychological defense mechanism, as described here: In psychoanalytic theory, a defence mechanism (...
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How does twitter allow certain people to perform mass manipulation?

Recently we have seen many billionaires doing mass manipulation with the use of twitter. Is there any line of research of the categories of manipulation these people are doing on twitter?
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Can someone get mentally retarded suddenly?

Can someone, after having anger to a large level or anxiety to a large level, develop mental retardation? In simple words, can someone being normal and mental sound, become mentally retarded in just a ...
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What is the best online therapeutic intervention, in psychological support in higher education?

With the threat of COVID-19, many jobs became home office and in many universities the teaching had to be readjusted to the online universe. Advances have been achieved in terms of digital ...
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What are Frameworks for emotions?

I have been fascinated by Pultchicks wheel of emotion and how it puts emotions into polar opposites and gives ways to combine emotions to derive others or break down a particular emotion to its ...
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How far into the future can humans accurately predict a periodic event?

I know the question is ambiguous, so let me elaborate: imagine that you're given a task (e.g., read a text) while subjected to a series of auditory stimuli, e.g., a train of noise bursts of the same ...
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Losing self-control during drug rehab

Is there any research or theories which can prove that exercising too much self control can lead to losing one's self-control regardless the work or activity a person engages into? From an article in ...
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Why do we use relative signals and not absolute signals with EEG?

Most EEG machines use a system based upon differential amplifiers to enhance the signal, a basic differential amplifier has 2 inputs and one output. the device takes 2 signals and outputs the ...
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Do people have an innate preference to take matters into their own hands?

People usually want to make their own decisions. Those looking for spouses often listen to their inner romantic instincts and reject advice from more experienced people. Drivers are skeptical about ...
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How does understanding happens

What are the psychological basis of understanding a subject. I have observed cases where a person inanxiety reads a chapter of a book and doesn't grasp anything after 1 hour. The same person was given ...
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Which area of psychology studies false beliefs?

Imagine a person has some false beliefs, which are also reflected then in his actions: I don't want to interact with people because I don't trust them and 90% of time they will betray me If I form ...
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Convenient CBT Questionnaires

I have recently done CBT and I am finding a lot of value in the ABCD detective method for myself https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/-/media/CCI/Consumer-Modules/Back-from-The-Bluez/Back-from-the-Bluez---...
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Practical Suggestions for Ambiguous Stimuli for Categorization Experiment

Does anyone have a suggestion of the kind of stimuli I could use for a categorization experiment that needs a range of clearly defined and a range of ambiguous stimuli? I need to produce both a range ...
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What is the difference between Cognitive Bias and Cognitive distortion?

I was asked by my professor to give a presentation on the topic "Cognitive biases and distortions" and during my prep I had this question. Could anyone please shed some light? I tried ...
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What is the scientific term for the erroneous inversion of cause and effect?

What is the correct scientific term for the - erroneous - inversion of cause and effect?
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Name of the psychological effect that make us see correlation that may not exist

After 51 years, the "Z-340" cypher text from "Zodiac" serial killer has been solved: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/11/us/zodiac-killer-cypher-340-code-trnd/index.html Now that we ...
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Does the brain possess mechanisms to spot a feedback loop of self-induced negative sensation and relief?

Imagine a person has random psychosomatic itching and applies an ointment which brings relief. Could their brain wrongly assosiate the process that causes the itching as good as it brought relief? As ...
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