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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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 the ...
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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 effect. ...
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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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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 ...
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Are emoji smiles also contagious?

It is fairly common knowledge that smiles are contagious is this also true when people are exposed to ascii/emoji smiles? ie. :) , ☺ , By contagious I mean making a person feel happier and more ...
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Is detection of angry faces more efficient in humans?

Hansen and hansen proposed the anger superiority effect: threatening faces pop out of crowds, perhaps as a result of a preattentive, parallel search for signals of direct threat. Pinkham (2010) ...
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Why would someone be offended if you season your food before eating it? [closed]

I like to put ketchup on my pork chops but my wife gets mad that I do this before I taste her pork chops. We had a discussion about why she would be upset and that I just add the ketchup without first ...
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Precise term for a sort of social pressure

Context: It is known that some pubs and the like usually offer free drinks for females. The owner of the place expects then that more males will come and pay for a drink for themselves because a ...
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Why do male brains not detect extra “F”

Is there a neuroscience explanation for the behavior in the following experiment? Are there any papers or research conducted to find out why this differentiation happens? Count the number of ...
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Study on likability, weakness, and competence?

I heard a podcast about a study (I think it was Radiolab or similar) that found that people are viewed as more likable after they reveal a weakness or a shortcoming, but the effect only occurs if they ...
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What type of friends do narcissists have?

For some time now, I have been looking up information on narcissism; however, I have never found information on the type of friends narcissists have. Research tends to show results about ...
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What is the psychology behind the mass crying of the crowds at superstar music concerts?

Watch the youtube below. Look at the superhuman powers of Michael Jackson to make his audience cry. These audience are strangers to Michael Jackson. There is no close relationship between them other ...
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“How easily can you succumb to propaganda and manipulation” test

Part of the fictional story I am currently writing takes place in a typical dictatorship country with its propaganda, cult of the leader, etc. The main character undergoes several psychological tests ...
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Name of false answer effect in surveys

I'm looking for research I've read about a well known effect that happens when participants complete a survey, where they do not answer what they think is right, but what they think the researchers ...
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What is the origin of the belief that the heart plays a role in influencing the emotions?

In many religious scriptures, novels, fictions you read about this battle between heart and brain. If till date we are using this in our daily conversations and history is full of these examples then ...
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How might the “Imposter Syndrome” typology be reconciled with the robustness of the “self-serving bias”?

TL;DR What on Earth is going on in someone's head to invert a cognitive bias that is robustly observed in people who are psychologically healthy (Cohen's d = 1.28) and still present in depression (...
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Does wealth cause (or correlates with) narcissism?

In the mental health field, narcissism is viewed as personality trait/disorder, which suggests little changes during the life of the subject. Nevertheless, one mass media article (based on a book) is ...
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Do you know the name of this psychological phenomenon?

I’ve seen this pattern play out a few times, and I have to believe there is some formal terminology for it. Imagine two friends (or coworkers or husband and wife): one person volunteers to do an ...
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Why didn't the Left Twix/Right Twix ad campaign take off?

This is intended to be a psychology question about human decision making and behavior as concerns advertising. As this is only my second ever question on Cognitive Sciences SE, please advise as to any ...
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Is there a correlation between schemas and social constructs?

While studying Piaget's stages of cognitive development in Educational Psychology, the textbook talks about Piaget using the idea of "schemas" which are mental representations or ideas about what ...
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What is the most robust method for peer grading?

I intend to provide a group task for 30 people, split into 5 or 6 groups. Ultimately, I want them to assess which group delivered the best result (after presenting results in front of other groups) ...
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Is a concept of machiavellianism useful?

I can't be classified by wikipedia as someone clearly machiavellian (I'm hedonist (in the sence of general pleasure/pain, not only physical) and try not to hurt other people). Yet, I managed to score ...
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Are there any methodological challenges to study real-time social interactions?

If the emotion of fear (for example) has evolved so that humans can react in an adapted way to danger, why would we be afraid in a laboratory setting, and would this fear be similar to that we ...
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Can sport be used as a counselling tool to help one deal with negative life events?

I found studies on how leisure activities can positively affect well-being, e.g. stress reduction. My question is more specific as I want to research how participation in sport can help one deal with ...
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Is there a named psychological condition for people who find every bad thing to be someone's “fault?” [closed]

Suppose person X is looking for something he has lost. Instead of thinking he left it somewhere, he is convinced that person Y has taken it. X is so convinced of this that he will not even look for ...
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Is acceptance of the science of global warming by politicians primarily a result of the bandwagon effect?

While denial of global warming is without a doubt from bandwagon appeal furthered by campaign donations, I get the impression that the acceptance of global warming by politicians is also primarily a ...
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Analysis of psychology/sociology of fashion?

I'm looking for some good place to start read about sociology of fashion. I guess there are some researches about why people "invented" fashion and is it some natural for human as a biological species ...
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Is there any difference in social status for gays and lesbians? [closed]

If we ignore religion, do gays and lesbians have different social statuses? (Please add what biases you have in the question to support the answer, e.g. the grass is greener on the other side). I did ...
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Are chatbots based on deceased loved ones healthy? [closed]

I recently read an article about a journalist who created a chatbot to ensure that a conversational entity with elements of his dying father's personality would exist even after his father--terminally ...
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Is it true that acting can affect one's behavior?

Is it true that acting can affect one's behaviour? For example, if someone plays a protagonist, can this affect them to be a good person? Is there any solid evidence for this?
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Manhood Ceremonies [closed]

I'm not an anthropologist, but I'm struck by the fact that so many "primitive" societies have what are loosely called "manhood ceremonies." They generally test one's endurance and often involve pain ...
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How much evidence is needed to support a claim? [closed]

Let's say that I hypothesised that if I behave in a certain way (X) then the people I interact with will respond with behaviour (Y). How much evidence do I need to make such claim ?
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Ambiguity in self-evaluating Likert-scale questions

I am concerned that when Likert-scale type questions are used in self-evaluation questions, the results are ambiguous and would like to know if it's possible to address this ambiguity. Interpersonal ...
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Name or theory for a particular phenomenon pertaining to ideological possession [duplicate]

Is there a name or a theory for when someone alters a truth to strengthen their point(delusion)? For instance, remember when President Trump carried out his plan to deport "illegal" immigrants and ...
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Psychological effects of being recorded as genderless at birth

I was reading this article about a Canadian parent fighting for the right to not give their baby a gender after arguing that a simple biological examination cannot uncover the child’s true identity. ...
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Any research on brain's processes involved in evil actions? [closed]

I'm reading Zimbardo's The lucifer effect: understanding how good people turn to evil in which he describes the famous Stanford prison experiment that investigated the psychological effects of ...
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What is the reason behind terrorist attacks?

From psychology point of view, what is the reason behind terrorist attacks? What is the motivation for the leaders of terrorists? What is the motivation for the person who performs terrorist attacks?
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How do we know how to cry? [closed]

When a baby is born they already know how to cry. If you inflict pain, their reaction is to cry. My question is NOT why do they cry because that is obvious: they are uncomfortable, they are cold, ...
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Who do we count as “intelligent” and why? [closed]

Most of my friends, for instance, say they want an "intelligent" girlfriend. Now, I know this is a philosophical question and a matter of opinion, and there is a similar question on intelligence ...
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Are self-described “socially conscious” individuals less likely to show implicit bias as measured by the implicit association test (IAT)?

Many individuals, in particular young progressives, incorporate their attitudes on gender and race into their identity. I am wondering if people who consider themselves socially conscious in this ...
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How to deal with childhood trauma effectively? [closed]

What can we do as adults to rectify childhood damages? For instance, When as an adult one feels lonely, anxious,etc ... at many occasions, I believe there is a good chance that those feelings are ...

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