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For questions about the empirical and theoretical study of how perception, feelings, behavior, and cognition are affected by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. Questions are addressed both from the individual perspective (American school) and group perspective (European school).

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Trying to verify the accuracy of a Stanley Milgram paraphrase

I searched the Internet in an attempt to verify but all hits were secondary or lesser sources. Could someone point me to an original source? "Psychologist Stanley Milgram found that 80% of ...
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How to get a psychology research assistant position?

I am a recent postgraduate student of social psychology and I have been trying to look for RA positions without much luck. My applications are getting rejected without any feedback and I am a little ...
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literature review research transgender youth of color

I'm currently working on a review of the literature. I'm looking for research on how community support can help trans youth of color. For instance, there is research that suggests that trans youth of ...
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Best practice for comparing data between completers and non-completers?

I conducted a study which collected data on a brief one-time intervention at 3 timepoints (pre, post, and one-week follow-up). There were some participants who dropped out between these 3 timepoints. ...
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Are BDSM sexual practices correlated with or related to social-dominance orientation?

When I think about BDSM sexual practices and sexual sadism disorder, I tend to think that it sounds like something that some people with a social dominance orientation would be interested in. This ...
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What are the various evolutionary theories of social dominance orientation?

Are there any evolutionary explanations for how the social dominance orientation personality trait came into existence in humans and other animals? Jim Sidanius suggests that the SDO trait may be ...
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Why do we explore?

I'm keep trying to list some of strong motivations to explain our "inner curiosity". But, the subject and this question are very broad, therefore I will give you some context. So, why do we ...
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The psychological effects of answering Stack Exchange questions

I was interested in the effects of answering questions on Stack Exchange and/or Stack Overflow. Has there been any research on this (or similar types of roles), and the effect they have upon the ...
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What is the correlation coefficient between household wealth and educational attainment?

Educational attainment being years of education. I'm looking for r or r^2. Preferably in a western, anglophone country like the US or England.
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Misogyny – books

I'm looking for some book recommendations that can introduce me to psychological analyses of the problem. Anything related to the topic would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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What is the area of Psychology called that focuses on interaction and emotions?

Quickly to my background, I did communications studies for my bachelors and I am currently finishing my Psychology master. In short, I should know what i am about to ask, but I don't. When a person ...
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Intervention for gender dysphoria: Challenge the patient’s idea of gender roles and expectations?

According to the DSM-5, gender dysphoria is a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender. This might be something which arises out of the patient’s perception ...
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The definition and measurement of Machiavellianism

APA provides the following definition: a personality trait marked by a calculating attitude toward human relationships and a belief that ends justify means, however ruthless. A Machiavellian is one ...
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Is there term to refer to the desire for a coherent narrative to one's life?

Looking to see if there is a pre-existing term to describe this type of belief/hope. By "coherent narrative" I mean a narrative that is alike that of a story, with an overall meaningful arc. ...
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Are social anxiety disorder and selective mutism classified as communication disorders?

I've been trying to figure this out for a long time, but I don't understand much about classification of disorders and I feel uncertain after looking at the definitions. Based on what I've read, I ...
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Tears help remove chemical imbalances caused by stress?

Crying is a natural response to grief and loss. I don't think anyone would deny that. Whether it is an important part of the grieving process is debatable according to some circles, though. Should you ...
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What are the effects of an overexposure to solitary confinement?

Solitary confinement has been shown to be bad for mental health. I was wondering if really long solitary confinement, like this one are different to normal solitary confinement. In terms of effects ...
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are there any critiques of the concept of "minimisation" in offender treatment?

Minimisation is when an offender believes their punishment is or was disproportionate. this is often said to be a counterproductive mentality because it lessens the responsibility from offenders. is ...
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What are the evolutionary advantages of displaying fear?

The advice to not show fear is often given, and for good reason. Displaying fear will make one appear weaker, increase the likelihood of others attacking, and cause self-doubt to spread. However, it ...
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Replication or conceptual replication of card trick in Mind Field Ep 8?

In Mind Field S1 E8 Michael Stevens presents a magician performing a trick with participants. Each participant is shown pairs of photographs of people and are given the forced choice of which one they ...
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Term for how one's self-image improves when something they associate with, like a sports team or politician, does well?

I'm trying to understand the phenomenon of how one's self-image, self-confidence, or personal regard goes up because something they affiliate themselves with "does well." For example, ...
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Why do people take unreasonable conventions for granted?

There are irrational or even nonsensical conventions/lifestyles/costumes/norms that people don’t question but take for granted for a long time. Then some people start questioning them, then more ...
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Condition in which people deny their beliefs or facts to distance themselves from people with similar beliefs or from people who propagate the facts

Is there a known condition in which people deny their own beliefs or act illogical because they want to distance themselves from other people who have the same beliefs? Here is a made up (and absurd) ...
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Confusing paragraph in a psychology book [closed]

I am currently working on translating a book called Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff. Yet, I faced a passage that I don't quite understand. Any help? BEFORE ...
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Have psychologists recognized how some people feel more embarrassment?

Is there a personality subtype where it’s really common to feel embarrassed about one's past self, like cringing about something you said, wrote, or did some time ago? It may change over time, but I ...
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How well does wisdom predict major life outcomes?

Wisdom has appeared to me to be a certain “persona non grata” in the field of psychology due to its enigmatic nature and unreliability in being measured, however what is the extent to which wisdom ...
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Is depression part and parcel with high achievers?

Is having excessively high standards a cause of depression or more precisely a cause of a void of positive emotions / dopamine? Certainly it appears that high achieving people and perfectionists tend ...
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Did this scientific experiment on worker/robber roles in pig's behaviour take place?

I remember that I read a story of an experiment on pig behaviour in a book when I was a child. I believe that the book was written by Bernard Werber, but I am not 100% certain. An experimenter put a ...
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Can some people be selectively psycopathic/sociopathic towards a specific race/ethnicity of people?

Psycopaths tend to display remorselessbess while normal people don't. But imagine 18th century USA, where Slaves were considered lower than animals. Or consider, a modern day college group, where ...
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Research on the effects on separating school pupils from their friends

Recently I read that schools will sometimes separate school friends into different classes with one parent on an online forum saying in 2013 that: The principal admitted that they try to separate ...
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Less littering with less trashcans [closed]

I live in Stockholm and recently visited Helsinki. I've lived a few different places in Sweden and only been to Helsinki in Finland. A big difference i noticed right away was the way cleaner streets, ...
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Term for someone that makes themselves sad to pass it onto others?

Is there a term for somebody that will purposely make themselves feel sad, and perhaps other negative feelings, with the intention of making another person feel them too? This would be a way of ...
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Is there a theory explaining why we remember liars?

Why when someone violates the laws of a game we remember them above the winner and other participants? What theory is attributable to this - I am not willing to attribute this to mere anomaly ...
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Looking for a formal term for a type of behaviour

I hope I can start off with two scenarios to describe the behaviour I'm trying to find a word for. A child accidentally smashes a window whilst playing a ball game. People assume the child broke the ...
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Question regarding inferiority complex

"The more one has feelings of inferiority, the more one has a power attitude, and the more one has a power attitude, the more one has feelings of inferiority" This above paragraph was said ...
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Why does smiling indicate happiness? Why couldn’t frowning indicate happiness and smiling indicate sadness?

Is there an evolutionary reason behind this? What about raising eyebrows when surprised, or lowering them when angry?
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The bystander effect depends on various variables, most of which don't necessarily require the present of other people. Why is it defined so?

From Bystander effect - Wikipedia: The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological theory that states that individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when there are ...
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Is "mutual abuse" a meaningful psychological concept?

The motivation for this question is that, in the recent libel trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, the couple's psychologist referred to their relationship dynamic as "mutually abusive.&...
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How did the very rapid nature of Russian industrialisation/collectivisation affect peoples capacity for abstract thinking?

I am sure I read once about research conducted on villagers who were pushed very very quickly from very basic, premodern agrarian structures into collectivised, quota-driven, management-structure ...
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World Value Survey, trust, and China

The World Values Survey includes information on trust. My question is thus: how the heck is China measured that high? Experts on China view China as a low-trust society, people are always suspicious ...
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Is the lack of eagerness to contribute to the group's goal a cause for diffustion of responsibility?

From Wikipedia: Diffusion of responsibility is a sociopsychological phenomenon whereby a person is less likely to take responsibility for action or inaction when other bystanders or witnesses are ...
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What are the benefits of cultural diversity in a workplace?

Common sense says diversity creates barriers as people have trouble finding common ground, since by definition they’re as different as possible. Yet, the corporate world insists that forcing cultural ...
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Will long term high stress generally inhibit attraction or interests in new romances?

Regarding the sort of long term stress that makes a person tense and unhappy on a daily basis for months, and how this affects that persons interest in new social connections. I have read several ...
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Term for this Manipulation tactic -- saying "we" instead of "i"

The term is for when a manipulator keeps saying "we" this, "we" that, when really they should be saying "I". It's a form of manipulation I believe is called "forced&...
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Can EXTREME distress push a person who already suffers from General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder into a more severe mental condition?

I recently finished reading Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl which explores some of the psychological explanations behind surviving something as horrific as concentration camps. I would like ...
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wisdom of crowds and group polarization

I'm having a hard time understanding two concepts, wisdom of crowds and group polarization, at the same time. Wisdom of crowds states that aggregation of information or prediction, in groups are often ...
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The desire and expectation to see a situation escalate

Does this phenomenon have a name? When there is a diagreement or conflict or scandal, sometimes instead of wanting the issue to be solved and left behind I want it to escalate and expand. This can be ...
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What are the eventual consequences of being a narcissist?

A close question to what I am trying to ask is Is there scientific evidence that narcissists cannot be treated?. I was wondering what are the eventual consequences of being a narcissist? Is there any ...
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What is the difference between reminiscence and nostalgia?

Both reminiscence and nostalgia refer to thinking about the past, but where is the line between them? I am looking into how reminiscence affects meaning in life and have found that most research ...
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Human/social behavior when one emphasizes their own superior achievements over others'

I'm looking for a name/category/definition of (personality?) disorder(s) that can be described with the following traits in one's (imaginary person) social/human behavior: this person brings up and ...
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