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Questions tagged [social-psychology]

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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People who only believe what they personally experience

I read a lot of science articles / threads, and occasionally conspiracy theorists will jump in and state how they can't believe some amazing aspect of the universe because they haven't experienced it. ...
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How to cope up with depression which occurs after a couple of months? [closed]

I seem to have a period of depression after a couple of months.I really do not understand why the depression comes. Well but in this context I feel that nothing good or bad really precedes this it ...
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Repeating a rumor that you started?

I've heard that repeating a rumor by denying it only serves to reinforce the rumor. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141110142443-1967426-how-firms-should-fight-rumors/ Try to avoid reinforcing ...
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What is perspective--taking self control? [on hold]

What is perspective--taking self control? It is a concept of a pychologist named Walter Mischel. He says there are five types of self control.
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Why is solo dancing not as popular as contra and partner dancing? [closed]

I have been to dance lessons. They only taught partner dancing and cobtra dancing. No solo dancing was taught at all. In Sweden where I'm from solo dancing is kind of unpopular. In music on the other ...
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What are the effects of rejection from both parents on a child?

How would rejection from both parents affect a child? How would they act? what would their personality be like? And the most important question of all: What would help them get rid of or at least ...
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Why is the theory of mind named as such?

Theory of mind is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, emotions, knowledge, etc.—to oneself, and to others, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions,...
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Emotional energy exchange between bodies?

I'm not sure on which platform to ask this question: Is it possible to exchange emotional energy between two bodies via acts of goodwill? Two examples of acts of goodwill are: Help someone with their ...
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Bully psychology [closed]

To be honest, I don't know how bullies' systems work in the US or other western countries, but I think everywhere is similar. I will describe some pattern I noticed in bullying and the question is ...
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Brain, Mind vs Conscious actions

Has there been any recent significant progress on the hard problem with significant experimental results. What is the current majority main stream consensus?
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What pro- or anti-environmental behaviors are feasible to measure objectively rather than with self-report?

One of the central challenges in understanding pro-environmental behavior is measurement. Currently, most researchers (including myself) lean on self-report of behavior. I'm looking for a brainstorm. ...
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Why are we so possessive of our significant others?

Something about falling in love seems to make people very possessive about their significant other. This happens even though sharing is almost universally acknowledged as an act of kindness and ...
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Why are some of us attracted to certain women while others are not

Earlier, I was having a discussion with my co-worker. We were talking about the hottest women in Hollywood and we had some different opinions. My co-worker thought that Angelina Jolie was one of the ...
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What does “dimensionality of power distance” mean?

The BBC's article Cracking India's mystifying nod code is an interesting read and contains the paragraph: However, there is more to the Indian head wobble than just a cultural quirk passed through ...
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Is feeling bad about being cheated on innate or learned behaviour?

For most people, if their partner cheated on them with another person they would feel devastated. But is there any evidence that this is biologically innate behaviour or if it is a socially learned ...
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Does psychology lose it's validity when the subject is versed in psychology?

Quite often, I find myself conforming to typical psychological principals, and exhibiting predictable behavior based on external stimuli. However, upon better research of the psychology behind past ...
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Why do some people bond with their captors and vice versa?

Why do some people in hostage and/or kidnapping situations end up identifying with their captors, and vice versa? Are there certain triggers or aspects of the situation that make it more or less ...
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People who climb the social hierarchy

We know that people on top of the social hierarchy have (at least in developed countries) 30 or more years average life expectancy , more stable marriages, happier life and so on. So my question is ...
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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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Writing the wrong word down? [duplicate]

I’ve noticed I’ve regularly ended up typing words that are completely different to what I meant to write but sound vaguely similar. For example, I’ve don’t it with the word ‘whole’ when I meant to ...
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Whats analysis of both sides is called in psychology?

What is the scientific term or psychological term for visualizing a phenomenon, news or event in history or in daily life from both perspective. For example some event that happened in your country or ...
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Meaning of “attitudinal acceptance”

I found an interesting study called "A Comparison of Family Functioning, Life and Marital Satisfaction, and Mental Health of Women in Polygamous and Monogamous Marriages" by Al-Krenawi et al. It is ...
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Is there research to prove that humans achieve more when challenging ourselves or when we challenge others?

Given that there is a single player game, let's say, Tetris. I play the game for 5 days and my friend is also playing the game for 5 days. At the end of the 5 days we would like to see who has the ...
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Has there been any studies of pathological “nomad-ness”?

I've spent some time trying to search for this but my lack of knowledge limits my ability to find any information about this subject. I know someone who constantly sees another city as a "Grass is ...
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Are societies capable of sacrificing time and energy exclusively for the benefit of future generations?

I was thinking on how environment conservation efforts might be enhanced or enforced and I was reflecting that people have to develop a colective conscience that would allow them to spend extra time ...
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Is there a name for the phenomenon of perceived repeated interruption?

Is there a documented name for the phenomenon of repeated social interruptions. It's something I've discussed with others who seem to share the observation that often, when one is alone in a public ...
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Is this an example of objectification?

Here is the scenario: A man and a woman meet at a conference. During a small talk, the man says "I will try to determine the sport you played by looking at your body type." Then he backs up, looks at ...
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When and how did public nudity and sex become shameful and unacceptable? [closed]

I am thinking about it from the evolutionary perspective. For nudity, I thought that maybe nude bodies may be associated with a higher probability of infection and diseases due to exposed parts. I ...
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What are examples of stimuli that we know cause a grief or sadness reaction in humans?

I am looking for examples of stimuli that has been shown to cause sadness in humans in a controlled environment as opposed to the neurological basis or evolutionary reason for sadness
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What does science say about feeling appreciated/loved/valued?

I believe firmly that people who feel appreciated/loved/valued will (generally) experience all kinds of benefits for themselves and the people around them. Think about: Being more healthy Experience ...
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Names of branches of neuroscience and related fields dealing with hunger, taste, attachment, and digestion, and their relationship to other perception

I would like to know what the branches of neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and psychiatry related to what happens when the tongue touches and other possible related mouth sensors, touch, ...
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What research is there on how people go from examining/gathering evidence to executing on a decision?

I'm curious what research there is about when/how people decide to stop evaluating or gathering evidence, and actually begin executing on an action, and how the order of information presented could ...
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On what basis do pro Gender Dysphoria professionals support mutilation and major health issues for those seeking gender re-assignment?

Before I pose my question here are some facts from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Resource 1: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) A PDF printed by the Children's Hospital of Chicago by the ...
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What are the purposes of ceremony and sense of ritual?

I've always found ceremony and rite fairly contrived and unnecessary. It has always been difficult for me to wrap my mind around many observances and rituals. It does seem like I am in the minority ...
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In general, how does one resolve two competing theories in Psychology?

In looking at a post on twitter from a somewhat well-known psychologist Tal Yarkoni, he references a paper which lists multiple sets of competing theories in Psychology that have not been resolved. ...
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What are some books about the effect of childhood experiences on adult life?

I would like to read some books about the effects of childhood experiences on the adult life. For an example, somewhere I read that adult males who had an aggressive father they are usually not ...
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Benefits of social eating outside of family units

The benefits of eating dinners with your family are documented in "Correlations between family meals and psychosocial well-being among adolescents" by Eisenberg et al. However, is there evidence that ...
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Bias of finding others guilty of own shortcomings

I haven't been in cognitive sciences for long, but in my work I have noticed a curious pattern: Individuals who overwhelmingly attribute the responsibility of their own actions to external causes, ...
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What does it mean for someone to “join narratives to explain their experiences”?

Describing the Blue Whale Challenge, an online phenomenon where participants perform tasks with the final task being suicide, we have the following: Dr Achal Bhagat, a psychiatrist in Delhi, told ...
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What is the rule that describes sufficiently large groups will have bad actors?

I once heard of a rule/law/number that described any group sufficiently large enough will have "bad" people in it. It is most often used to describe how online communities will have to deal with ...
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Jung's Anima and Neurological Basis in Split-Brain Patients; Left-Persona and Right-Anima

So, having skimmed some studies on split-brain patients, it makes me wonder about the whole "left-brain/right-brain" dichotomy that made its rounds in public perception some time ago. I'm not sure ...
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Catching a thief in a closed circle of people [closed]

I am trying to investigate the issue with money getting lost form peoples wallets in a shared flat. There are 4 suspects for being a thief of the money. Some of the suspects have been affected as ...
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Can't use the urinal when next to someone. Is this psychological?

It's a common symptom that men are unable to wee in public, for example in the urinals in a bar. This is sometimes called shy-bladder syndrome as far as I know. Is this condition known to have ...
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False statement by a dominant person in a group survives even if that person leaves the group

Can someone point me to a source for this study: There was a group, in which a dominant person established a belief in a false statement by speaking with high confidence. The group still ...
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How does this experiment prove a causal relation between coherence and good feelings?

I'm reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and I came across the following text: The Remote Association Test has more to tell us about the link between cognitive ease and positive ...
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How is the effect of current vote scores on people's votes interpreted in psychology?

On a site that people can vote on others' posts (like Stack Exchange sites), I believe people tend to be affected by the current vote score (and for Stack Exchange, if the user has enough reputation, ...
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Why are there few studies in the literature regarding human's pheromones?

Pheromones are thought to be the biological underpinning of the social behaviour. They have been extensively studied in animals. Pheromones are chemical factors that trigger a social response in ...
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Is there any research about effect of unfamiliar environment on stress?

It seems intuitive to me that there is some kind of stress when one is put in an unfamiliar place (There's probably effect on cognitive abilities too). However, I can't find any paper in psychology ...
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Can you give an example of automatic appraisal process?

I was reading this slide provided by my prof. of Affective Neuroscience. I've read that appraisal is considered a constitutive component of emotion by most of the actual theories. Appraisal is defined ...
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Is there an innate human bias against admitting you are wrong or uncertain? [duplicate]

During interactions with people, I've noticed that it seems like certain people have a habit of admitting uncertainty and a willingness to admit error. There doesn't appear to be a clear group that I ...