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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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 gay and lesbian? [closed]

If we ignore religion, do gay and lesbian have different social status? (Pleas add what bios you have in the question to support the answer, e.g. the grass is greener on the other side) I did find ...
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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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Which long-term effects can hypocortisolism have on behavior?

Chronic stress can have a serious impact on our physical as well as psychological health due to sustained high levels of the chemicals released in the ‘fight or flight’ response. In abused children ...
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Models of romantic relationships evolution

I was looking into the concept of limerence as a stage of evolution in a romantic relationship, however I couldn't contrast it with other models and their components. Assuming that romantic ...
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Validity of limerance as a romantic evolutionary stage

I was looking into the concept of limerence as a stage of evolution in a romantic relationship, however I can't find any sources for it other than its origin in the book "Love and Limerence: The ...
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What is the leading alternative to the “stages” model of grieving?

In "Cautioning Health-Care Professionals: Bereaved Persons Are Misguided Through the Stages of Grief" by Stroebe et al. the popular "5 stage model" of Kübler-Ross is incorrect. Stroebe et al. argue: ...
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How accurate is a person's estimate of their social networks knowledge?

A lot of studies have been performed on the nature of fake news and it's spread on social media sites: "Perceived social presence reduces fact-checking" "Echo chamber and trench warfare dynamics in ...
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Is there a psychological term for enduring hardship to achieve a promised state?

I'm new to CogSci and to Psychology in general, so forgive me if this question has been answered before... I see a pattern in many sociological environments that goes like this: Someone promises a ...
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Psychology of disrespect and being proud of law breaking. How does it work and how to combat it?

I'm gonna talk about Russia. :) I'm not interested in foreign policy, relations, for this question... maybe just a tiny bit. A little preamble. After the collapse of the Soviet Union (hereinafter S....
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What can I study as a layman to develop practical knowledge of human psychology [closed]

What can I study as a layman to learn enough facets of psychology to develop better understanding of human behaviour? Unfortunately as I know nothing of the field I'm not really certain about what I ...
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Any studies on the link between popularity and happiness amongst school aged people?

It is an interesting topic, at least to me, the psychology of people considered 'popular' at school and whether this perception of popularity is a coping mechanism for a deeper issue of self worth. ...
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How to recognize contempt

What are the obvious signs of contempt/hatred in human relations and what is the cause for these behaviors? In other words, are there physical and behavioral traces/signs of contempt and hatred? Can ...
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Family happiness Vs Career happiness

Common knowledge accepts that there are two conflicting types of happiness, one attained through a good family and a second one attained through a successful career. These paths of happiness, since ...
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How did Shaver (1970) manipulate similarity in the defensive attribution study?

Shaver (1970) had two independent variables, severity of the accident outcome (severity) and similarity of the subjects to the transgressor. Severity was manipulated by giving subjects in different ...
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What's the psychological issue name of fear of people?

With the issue of being afraid of doing anything before people, one has to work hard on self control to prevent the body shaking on every tiny action, like hold a pen, drink water, etc, and when there'...
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Is there a standardised questionnaire measuring tendency to think emotionally versus logically?

I want to conduct a research on the effect of emotions on decision. It is about the role of affective and cognitive processes in making a decision. I want to know if an individual relies more on ...
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Are there empirical studies that falsify propositions rooted in evolutionary psychology? [closed]

Conway III and Schaller (2002, p. 153) argue that "There is a long history of lodging charges of non-falsifiability against evolutionary thinking in the biological sciences". One of the critics they ...
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The explanation behind the taboo behind rape/sexual assault versus acceptance of violence [closed]

I'm new here, so I apologise if this question doesn't fit the parameters required for this site, but I couldn't find a more appropriate stackexchange site to post it. In TV shows, films, news and ...
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What neural mechanism is responsible for our identification with a group? [closed]

Why do we need to identify ourselves with a group? Is there naturally a hormone/neurotransmiter reward? Or is it based on more complex mechanisms like finding the "deeper" meanings of our actions?
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What kind of data structuring is conducive to healthy debate? [closed]

I was just thinking, if we as humans want to sort out our differences of opinion on, say, politics or religion, what would be a good means to debate such a concept while at the same time make everyone ...
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Memories triggered by everything [closed]

I have this property of mind where memories of every event which is slightly more important than everyday routine gets linked with apparently anything that's existing or happening at that time and ...
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Why do people are seeming more charistmatic or sympathic, if they are fans of old things? [closed]

I see this very often. Whenever you buy a new car, listen to new music or reading new books you will nerver get the same attention or admiration if you drive an older car, don't listen to trendy music ...
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What is the best way to reduce measurement biases when studying topics that can evoke insecurity?

I'm interested in measurement biases relating to self reporting in surveys. To add more context: Under some circumstances, people have been known to add a positive spin when surveyed regarding goals ...
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Persuasion strategies by Cialdini (why is punishment not there?)

Cialdini is famous for his book "Influence" where he talks about various ways to get people to do things you want them to. They are: reciprocation commitment/consistency scarcity authority liking ...
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John Calhoun's Mouse Utopia and Genetic Diversity

I learned about John Calhoun's Mouse Utopia experiment from this Youtube video. The corresponding 1962 paper isn't readily available. What I want to know is, did Calhoun account for genetic diversity ...
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Is there a game-theoretic explanation for why people do (or don't) participate in community policing/moderation?

My question is closely related to this Meta post about what drives individual participation in "community policing" on Stack Exchange sites (e.g. downvoting, voting to close, participating in review ...
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Concept for 'too much exposure to a bad idea can make it seem normal'?

I wanted to know if there was a studied concept/term for the notion that too much exposure (in terms of sensory stimulus) towards a bad idea/thing (eg. say drinking) in a normal connotation can make ...

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