Questions tagged [social-cognition]

For questions relating to the study of social cognition; the encoding, storage, retrieval, and processing, of information relating to social situations; the neurological basis of social cognition and the disruption of social cognitive processes due to mental disorders.

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From psychological point of view, how easy can public opinion be manipulated by politicians and media?

We have seen the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal in 2018 (wikipedia). While I agree that stronger regulations on the use of personal data should be enforced, but from a psychological point ...
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Does there exist a theatre effect?

In a lecture by a Chinese CEO with a consulting background I learned an effect called 剧场效应 (can be transliterated into 'theatre effect' in English) and I can explain that a bit in the following story: ...
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What causes us to perceive a person's gaze as meaningful?

I have seen time and time again, both in literature and in conversations with people I know, people describing someone's eyes. What I mean is that I have come across phrases like "Focused gaze", "...
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Negative correlation between AQ score and EFT score

E-S theory explains the social and communication issues seen in autism and Asperger syndrome in connection, on the one hand, to delays and deficits in empathizing . The strengths in assimilating ...
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Ben Franklin effect: mkay, what about help vampires?

Is the Ben Franklin effect as uncontroversial as wikipedia makes it to be? It states that once we grant someone a favor we're even more inclined to grant them subsequent favors. As far as I can tell ...
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How can a narcissist be given negative feedback without triggering aggressive behavior?

I've interacted with several individuals over the years that had narcissistic personality disorder. In particular, I find I have difficulty navigating their nebulous relationship with truth and find ...
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When many laws are too many laws? [closed]

Let's consider an experiment: Take a baby and have it raise in a very law-strict environment (his parents are very strict and follow any rules, be it legal, be it religious, be it moral) but ...
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cleanIAT function in R IAT package

Has anyone used cleanIAT (function in IAT package) to compute D-scores for their IAT data? Have you noticed any discrepancies between your D-scores and those of colleagues that used another program (e....
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Is the brain inherently social?

The concept of the "social brain" is thrown around a lot, but it's not entirely clear to me what it means. To me, it could mean a few different things: Modularity: We have some sort of modular, ...
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Derren Brown: “Paying with paper”. Assuming legitimacy, is this simply ideomotor suggestion?

Illusionist Derren Brown's video "Paying with Paper" supposedly demonstrates real-world instances whereby Brown pays for several items in cash: the rub being, the "cash" is blank paper. It's quite ...
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Does mastering a foreign language strengthen the pre-frontal cortex? [closed]

Main Question: Does mastering a foreign language strengthen the pre-frontal cortex? I remember taking a Cognition class, that claimed mastering a foreign language improves the brains higher ...
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Is there any connection between visual processing ability and social skills?

I suspect there is a connection because visual processing ability is necessary in noticing important subtle social cues.
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'Always Give a Reason Why' - How to describe this subject area?

I summarise http://rayedwards.com/always-give-a-reason-why/: In Dr. Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence, he cites a research study showing that simply adding the word “because” to a request ...
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Could markers on cars indicating a common destination improve highway driving efficiency?

This question is a bit of a long shot for this site but it is psychology-related so I thought I'd give it a try. This is a little thought exercise. I was driving down the expressway toward downtown ...
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Explanations of responses to real graphic harm

I want to know answers to the following questions : Why do I feel curious sometimes to check out sites of "real accidents" such as "Documenting Reality" or "Live Leak" ? Why do I feel nauseous when I ...