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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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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Why is it easier to neglect one's self than others? [closed]

If I am hungry, I often ignore my hunger because I'm more interested in continuing what I'm currently working on than getting myself food. However, if someone else (my girlfriend, a friend, a sibling, ...
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Psychological effects of social nudity

I have been conducting extensive research over the last few years on the history of nudity in social situations, and I am looking to expand my research base now I have come across a few other ...
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What are the effects of hebephilia?

Following the Milo Yiannopoulos shebang, I had a discussion with a friend over the effects of a sexually maturing teenager (14ish) engaging in sexual behavior with a significantly older adult (at ...
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What software to use for psychology questionnaire?

I'm doing a schoolwork about Spiral Dynamics and last part is doing practical research and everything is completed except we yet didnt found any digital platform with which we can conduct our research....
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Is post-traumatic stress disorder preventable?

Victims of abuse, people exposed to violent situations repeatedly, and people in war zones can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result. PTSD is very common and has lifelong effects ...
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Labeling and discrimination [closed]

I recently saw a video (unfortunately can't remember where), where someone claimed that the use of labels to identify social groups produced or increased prejudice. So the labels of nationality, ...
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Is love from families a necessity for children to form nornal relationship?

Some human skills need specific input during childhood to develop, such as language skills. Is the ability to love one of them? I.e., does the formulation of intimate relationship with partner (or any ...
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Alternatives to “Honest Signals” theory of non-semantic communication

Intro In "Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World" and the related publications "Understanding 'Honest Signals' in Business" and "Social Dynamics: Signals and Behavior", Alex Petland puts forth the ...
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Quantifying the Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect states that people unexperienced in a certain field or subject generally perceive themselves as having greater aptitude than in reality they do. Dunning and Kruger were able ...
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Why I value celebrities opinion more than a person I have actually met? [closed]

I have been working on project with a person who is climate change activist, and after all those months I had a feeling he is on to something, but I was not convinced. Now comes Leonardo DiCaprio ...
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Are social phobia cases on rise, being the Internet and mobile phones with cameras the main cause for their rise?

That's an hypothesis I have, that I believe makes plenty of sense, anyway I haven't found any article about that, although it's not like my search has been exhaustive. I mean, years ago, on the case ...
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What is involved in a Mental Competency Evaluation in the criminal justice system?

I am very curious as to what exactly is done during a mental competency evaluation. (Not too sure if this is a good question for this forum- apologies if not!) In this instance, a criminal defendant ...
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How to induce procrastination in an online experiment?

I am designing an experiment to evaluate potential interventions for reducing procrastination. I am hence looking for one or more tasks to induce procrastination in an online experiment with ...
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What makes you like someone? [closed]

Everyone has some friends and some people, you can't get along with. But what makes them different? Is it smell, the voice, attractiveness, the way they express themselves, their sence of humor? I ...
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What makes people like other people? [closed]

Humans have this strange behavior: Some people like other people which are disliked by a third party of people. But there are also people that are generally disliked by most ofthe others. Let me make ...
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Is there a way to test brain activity/aptitude on a measurable scale in order to identify a suitable occupational aptitude?

It seems individuals are able to adjust their cognitive aptitude to some degree through nurture, which is controlled by various elements such as environment and conditioning. However, they're stuck ...
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Does computer usage (YouTube, Facebook, etc. ) influence social abilities?

With computers, tablets and smartphones, people spend more and more time in front of a screen, and perhaps, less time with actual people. In my experience, after spending a lot of time on my ...
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Psychological effects of mega-projects on citizens [closed]

I am doing research on the mega-projects (e.g. roads, buildings, airports, rail projects, bridges and etc). Specifically, I am trying to see what kind of psychological effects mega-projects may have ...
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How beneficial is attending a funeral in the process of grieving and why?

Is there any established literature that indicates that attending a funeral aids in the grieving process? I would like to know if funerals pay a critical role in the grieving process and what makes ...
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Why might computerised voices in the background be more disruptive than human voices? [closed]

Imagine yourself in a room where there are students, which have done their homework. The homework was to read a text, and therefore you will sit alone and read it. There is one kid with Dyslexia who ...
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Why do people assume I am male online when I am female? [closed]

This is something that's never really bothered me too terribly much, but it's interesting how my word choice alone seems to lead people to believe that I am anything other than what I am. Not that ...
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Term for using hyperbole to make a softer argument seem more palatable?

Say that I wanted to convince a person that oranges tasted nice. One particular method I could use would be to go on an hour long spiel, where I take on two voices - a hyperbolic voice (which says ...
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What is the effect called whereby people don't offer help when in a crowd because they assume someone else will help?

If you are in a crowd and you hear someone call for help you assume that someone else will deal with it. If you are alone and you hear someone call for help you go and help them. What is that effect ...
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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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What is the difference between Machiavellianism and good negotiating/influence skills?

I have been addicted to 'Great courses' books for some time now and have read quite a few books on influence, social skills, conflict management, negotiating, etc. Having basic knowledge in these ...
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How do people navigate the social world and find people who are similar?

I have taken enough psychology courses to know that people are attracted to those similar to them in personality, attitudes, and important values but no one explains how they accurately judge such ...
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Is there any good evidence that sadness causes chest pain (“heart ache”)?

It's commonly believed that sadness from romantic rejection causes chest pain ("heart ache"). This isn't that outlandish of a hypothesis, given that affect is just the mental representation of ...
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Is there a such thing as collective narcissism? [closed]

Maybe I'm referring to the dominant ideology, but is it possible for people to get together and combine their narcissistc ideologies together and share them? Are there any good papers on this subject?
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Psychophysiological indicators of relationship/collaboration/alignment

I'm working on a question about whether psychophysiological data--EDA, EEG, pupillometry, HRV/IBI, etc--can indicate within-group (non-romantic!) relationships or collaboration. My own background is ...
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Why we are more optimistic about ourselves and our peers and pessimistic about others?

I watched a ted talk which is about optimism bias by Tali Sharot. It stated that we are more optimistic about ourselves and our peers and we are more passimistic about others.But, I can't find an apt ...
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What is a principle that describes competitive advantage in this case [closed]

I gave up long ago on formulating what seems like a new concept as I came to peace with the fact that billions of people alive and dead means there's very little room for new concepts. (just an ...
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While spoting a liar, whether observing the verbal cue or observing the non-verbal cue helps?

While spotting a liar,is it paying attention to verbal cues such as pauses in speech and speech disturbances, including "ahs," stutters, and incomplete sentences that weighs more or is it paying ...
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What is the relationship between a strong work ethic and an honest reputation and individual success?

We're all being constantly told that strong work ethics, honestly reputation and all similar things is the key and the only key to success. But observation of success of certain politicians, marketing ...
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White/Black Metaphor in African Societies?

I don't think this is an entirely appropriate forum for this question, but as there is no general sociocultural (or even better African studies) forum on StackExchange it seemed like the best ...
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Term for an inability to accept ideas that are outside the norm

This one might need a bit of an explanation. I read a statement someone made a few months ago about the normalization of concepts in society. That is if you have ideas that don't exist within the ...
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Vigilance is an emotion?

I've always loved pondering emotion theories and usually agree with them, but Plutchik describes the intense form of anticipation to be Vigilance, and this is quite confusing to me. Vigilance as ...
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Can human brain neural circuits understand the concept of “other human beings” and their motives?

I've read that one of the tests of animal intelligence is whether or not the animal recognizes itself in the mirror or can determine that other animals have motives other than it's own (ex: can ...
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An Overview of Priming in Psychology [closed]

I am looking for a comprehensive overview of priming literature in psychology and cognitive science. A survey article or a book would be a great start. More specifically, I am interested to learn ...
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Are animal instincts and preferences based on some brain micro structures?

I'm thinking about the mechanism by which an animal has built in preferences for some visual objects in the real world. The most well known example is the seagull chicks and pecking at a red dot or ...

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