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Critical period for learning multiplication tables

As many of you are aware there is a critical period in the visual system. There is also one in the auditory system with the learning of perfect pitch. After working with GED adult learners, it has ...
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Baseline for sanity?

I'll be honest, I've not been studying psychology seriously, but I've read quite a lot of philosophy. So, I just started reading "Divided Self" by R. D. Laing and right at the very beginning ...
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How are the ideas of Karl Weick on sensemaking and George Kelly on the "naive scientist"/Personal Construct Theory regarded currently?

I am looking into ideas on personal sensemaking in relation to the ideas of Karl Weick (originally corporate collective sensemaking in organization theory) and George Kelly's notion of the "naive ...
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Question about stimulus-response assocation theories

I am currently reading a review called "Behaviorism, Latent Learning, and Cognitive Maps: Needed Revisions in Introductory Psychology Textbooks". In the review, the author writes: The ...
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What does cognitive theory say about metacognitive reading strategies such as "looking for the main idea"?

In his seminal essay Classroom Research and Cargo Cults E. D. Hirsch wrote: It is dangerous to predict long-term benefits from short-term results. Random assignment research has shown short-term ...
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Do beta-blockers prevent ability to learn by reducing neuroplasticity?

Learning is fundamentally linked to epinephrine, acetylcholin and dopamine. Do heart pressure medication like beta blockers block these processes to some extent by reducing epinephrine?
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What is the source for Feynman describes the learning technique named by his name?

There is a lerning technique by Richard Feynman, which is known as "Feynman learning technique", and consists of four steps: Select a concept to learn. Teach it to a child. (Or maybe an ...
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Functional/Cognitive Acuity/Manipulability

I'm trying to find an existing construct for what I refer to in my research as "Functional Acuity" (hereafter FA). The concept of FA is analogous to what one can see with v w/o one's glasses....
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Do we need rest days between learning days to improve information retention in our brain?

I ask this question from my background in bodybuilding and strength training. In this field, whether one's goal is building muscle or strength or athleticism, it is important that one takes periods of ...
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Why do certain individuals struggle to memorize song lyrics?

Some people have a hard time memorizing song lyrics, even after repeated listening. What individual factors contribute to the difficulty in remembering song lyrics?
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Does being rocked in a cradle or sleeping on a ship improve sleep quality in the same way?

As we all know, mothers tend to rock the child in a cradle or in their hands. Is there any research finding that supports the claim that rocked babies sleep better than ones only held still in their ...
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Effects of Grading on Students' Beliefs About Productivity

For lack of a teaching stackexchange, I hope this is a suitable place to ask: I've encountered a number of adult individuals who feel bad if they're not "being productive" or are "...
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The mechanism behind the ADHD?

Nowadays, is there any knowledge about the mechanism through ADHD act? Why the people which have ADHD manifest the symptoms related to the disorder? Is some type of malformation or the presence/...
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Observational Learning - Where does encoding, storage and retrieval occur?

It has been taught to me that there are 5 stages (or requirements) that enable observational learning to occur. That is, attention, retention, reproduction, motivation and reinforcement. My teachers ...
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ABC Model of Behaviour: What is an antecedent?

In the context of the three-term contigency what is meant by an antecedent and are there two types of antecendent - stimulus delta and stimulus discriminative? Why is it called the three-term ...
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Does intention matter for positive reinforcement?

What makes something positive reinforcement: The intention or the outcome? I have two examples I'm trying to understand. First, if I am teaching my dog a trick and I give her a treat whenever I say &...
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Does a research area such as Psycho-Agronomy, Agro-Psychology exist?

Are there researchers studying how to apply (other animal than human) psychology to agronomy, and does such a research area has a name (and which one)? Such a name would help in finding existing ...
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Is Mensa IQ test real

I'd like to ask is Mensa IQ test real, is Mensa even real. If so why are countries like Nigeria not a member, because there are a lot of smart people there who would like to join, like me for instance....
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Can brain improve "non-active" functions?

I'm from computer science background and this question struck me when learning about neural networks as they are initially filled with random values. Can brain improve "non-active" functions ...
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Can one be "addicted to learning"? [closed]

According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, an addiction is a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, ...
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Randomized pair assignment for testing

Scenario Take a group of students. During the school/academic year, they will be assigned several tests (ideally one less than the number of students). Usually, students are tested and graded ...
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What part of brain learns/controls finger motion?

I am learning instruments and am sometimes amazed at how hard a seemingly simple thing like raising two different sets of fingers after one another can be. I wonder how the brain learns this? Is it ...
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Alternative metrics to assess test validity/reliability

I have two versions of calculating a score for a test (which assesses how well they perform a task). One takes into account the difficulty of the items, the other does not. These tests are ...
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Can people learn without examples? [closed]

When learning various topics (math comes to mind as a good example), to what extent is information retained/understood affected by whether or not examples of the concept or process are provided? For ...
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How reliable is this self-administered Mensa IQ test?

I found a Mensa challenge test, which can be taken for free on the Mensa website and involves answering 35 problems within 25 mins. They do mention that it is only for entertainment purposes, but ...
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After focusing for a long time, why do certain activities have the effect of refreshing or rejuvenating your mind?

If you've been studying or otherwise engaging in mental work, there are certain activities which are often recommended to "refresh your mind" when you are tired. Here are some common ...
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Has criminal-related research been conducted regarding critical childhood experiences/adverse turning points for individuals who commit murder?

I've conducted some basic research regarding criminology and the work of criminal psychologists. From what I've concluded, the focus of these studies are primarily related to determining why specific ...
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Is there a correlation between long-term memory and academic success in STEM?

There are underlying fundamentals and first principles, especially in STEM that continue to be built upon but can get neglected and forgotten over time without practice. Obviously having a great ...
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At what age does logical reasoning typically develop?

Mathematics appears to be almost entirely neglected in early childhood learning. As both a mathematics teacher and father home-schooling his four-year-old daughter, I am particularly focused on ...
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Is there any white noise available while learning?

I personally found that it may be useful to use white noise while studying. Although there are many available white noise over sever websites in internet. I can't access their credibility. Is there ...
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How does social interaction affect the decrease in performance when multitasking?

A well known effect of multitasking is that if you have to switch to do another one, then your performance of both will decrease, in compared to the performance when you do them separately. FYI: ...
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Is there anything short I can read on the difference between learning something as an adult vs as a child?

Is there anything short I can read on the difference between learning something as an adult vs as a child? Learning a language, or mathematics, or facts, whatever.
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Where and why would "skill" not increase monotonically with time invested?

I'm a fan of games and activities with steep learning curves and high skill ceilings, and very precarious lines between success and failure. Such success may not be strictly linear or predictable (e.g....
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A self-motivational technique - authorization of results - looking for origins

I have recently read an article that describes a technique called "authorization of results". The technique suggests a particular protocol of self-reviewing any achieved result of a ...
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Are all BPD-people narcissist? [closed]

I have a friend who got a BPD diagnosis from a psychologist. First, I did not believe that psychologist and I told my friend that that was a false diagnosis. He became directly happier. But now when I ...
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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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What is "required reading" in training that describe mechanisms behind learning?

I've previously studied spiking neural networks in the context of machine learning applications and I'm interested in gaining a better understanding of the biology of the brain. My goal is to ...
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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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Why is the last part (transmit) of the Feynman learning technique optional?

I read some articles about The Feynman Learning Technique but I don't know why the fourth part, transmit, is optional? From my perspective, the implementation part should be more important because the ...
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Fluid Intelligence vs Crystallized Intelligence

I understand that there are two kinds of intelligence, and I had figured that out even without learning about it in psychology. One that you pick up or learn from your experiences and education etc, ...
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Is there any relevance of diet on learning?

I'm curious about the current research and literature on the effects of diet on learning. Cause myelin is supposed important for myelination, which is relevant for learning according to "The ...
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Does the "learned" in "learned helplessness" refer specifically to behaviorism's conditioning?

I was said that because the experiment of Seligman that gave birth the theory of learned helplessness was an expansion of Pavlov's experiment, hence the word "learned" in the term should be ...
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How does understanding happen [closed]

What is the psychological basis of understanding a subject? I have observed cases where a person in anxiety reads a chapter of a book and doesn't grasp anything after 1 hour.The same person was given ...
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When learning a subject by working on a problem set, what is the optimal amount of time to spend on a problem?

In STEM courses, students solve problems in problem sets, as a way to learn through practice. Answers are often provided for some problems (e.g., the odd numbered problems in a textbook) and not for ...
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Is there a neurological explanation of acquired tastes?

People acquire tastes through exposure. This includes the "mere exposure effect" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mere-exposure_effect). Also, music heard more often are more likely to sound ...
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Are food rewards a good long term learning strategy?

This could be a question for parenting SE, but I am looking to understand the mechanism, so I am looking for a core answer from a psychological perspective; without all of the cultural noise that ...
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Motor skill: Let speed come naturally?

I've commonly heard that when practising a motor skill, one should start slow with correct form and one shouldn't force speed. Rather, let speed come naturally. I believe this but I can't find a ...
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Is there a Brain Mechanism for Reluctance of Studying?

For example, it could be the case that a person has less Acetylcholine, a key hormone that enables/helps to establish connection between neurons, so, the person has to go through more hardship to ...
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Does reading sentences one by one contributes to better comprehension of the text?

Does reading sentences one by one beside a picture (as shown in this video of this project) contributes to better comprehension of the text, due to better readability, focus and other factors? In ...
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What is the difference between conditioning and learning?

The more I think about the difference between learning and Pavlovian conditioning, the more I'm unable to see how they differ. Even though in theory associative learning is just a portion of learning. ...
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