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What are the models/theories concerned with different in thinking types?

I have heard of the differences between analytical, synthetic and integrated thinking, often brought up as the qualitative differences correlated with IQ ranges, as opposed to the otherwise ...
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Is there a correlation between high verbal thinking and aphantasia?

People with high verbal thinking process almost all their thoughts in literal words. People with high verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically ...
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Is anger and defensiveness to criticism innate or acquired?

Criticism is defined, according to the lexico.com dictionary, as The expression of disapproval of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes. In general, there can be two ...
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How/why can dreams have higher resolution than visions/thoughts?

Today I had a lucid dream to an "alternative universe", where I was 100% aware of being in a lucid dream. One thought that came to my mind during it was that the universe I have been to was ...
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Is there any comprehensive classification of thinking style? [closed]

I see many thinking styles, inductive thought, deductive thought, critical thinking, convergent thinking, divergent thinking, dominant thinking, and so on. but is there any comprehensive ...
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Why is being “famous” the most desired profession among kids? [closed]

Running a small experiment among my 3 children and their friends and their cousins .... When ever I ask a child what do they want to be when they grow up? most will answer “rich and famous”. Rich I ...
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Why do human beings double down on their perspective?

I am coming at this thinking about two different situations. Those in political parties digging in their heels and doubling down on their beliefs. Friends or relationship partners standing their ...
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Are thoughts a kind of internal sensory data?

I know very little about neuroscience and psychology, but I am curious about how our understanding of thought fits into our picture of the brain. Thoughts, as I understand them, are a kind of ...
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How would I know if I've been brainwashed?

Thinking about the "re-education" camps in parts of the world. They attempt to replace one idiology in you head with another and is considered brainwashing. On the other hand, the first idiology got ...
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Is there any evidence in neuroscience that suggests visual thoughts (possibly others) or some aspects of the mind occupy higher dimensions? [closed]

We think anything as real if we can perceive it through our senses. But I think generally speaking, anything is real if it occupies space (ie familiar 3D world/space)& have a 2 way to & fro ...
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Why are we generating wrong ideas in the first place?

In CBT they tell you to challenge automatic thoughts. So say someone doesn't say hello to you, then you think he doesn't like me. CBT says to challenge this and maybe you realize that he didn't see ...
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Can you prevent your biases from swaying your logic if you're aware of them?

As in the title. Assuming you are aware of all your biases,and how they interact with your ideas, can you foresee how your biases will warp your judgement or logic, and stop that from happening? ...
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Patterns in psychosomatic pains [closed]

In the case of somatoform disorders, when considering such a disorder where seeing the scenes of the surroundings and sensing a series of psychosomatic pains in a specific way, is there a name for ...
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What thoughts should one contemplate to minimize sleep latency?

While trying to fall asleep on night, I was wondering what my strategy would be if I was challenged to a competition where the goal was to fall asleep as fast as possible once I was lying in bed. The ...
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What are the thoughs of a blind and deaf person? [duplicate]

I've always asked myself of what are made the thoughs of a blind and deaf person... Are they made of concepts? Sensations? Ideas? Have we ever asked a blind and deaf person about that?
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CBT approach and why we generate unrealistic thoughts

On reading about Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) I encounter But, if you feel sad after a friend cancels your lunch plans and you begin to think there’s obviously something seriously wrong ...
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Hypotheses about neural coding and neural correlates of concepts and reasoning - at the level of neurons and synapses

Are there some hypotheses about neural coding of language, concepts and logical reasoning in the brain, about neural correlates of thoughts? When I search the books, then I find lot of books about ...
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Timeframe in which thoughts are concieved [closed]

Are thoughts concieved in realtime or are they preprocessed chains ready to be thought or both (depending on the prospective) or am I asking a too generalized question to have any sense ?
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Can we use artificial intelligence in law? [closed]

I'm from india, there are more than 3 crore cases pending in different courts of India which is nearly impossible to solve in a limited period of time.. unless we use robot instead of a person. I know ...
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System 1 and 2 thinking and unconcious

Research says there is system 1 and 2 thinking. My question is how is system and and 2 thinking related to unconcious mind? Can we say for example system 1 thinking is unconcious mind?
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Could we develop a notion of conceivability that would allow us to imagine impossible/inconsistent/illogical things?

There are things that we cannot imagine because they are impossible (like a solution to Russell's set theory, since it is impossible to reach that solution because it is illogical.) Some months ago, ...
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What is the neurophysiology of a thought?

PURPOSE 1) To find out if there is evidence in favor of one of Hebb's claim. In is book "The Organization of Behavior" he claimed that cell assemblies are the physiological foundation of thought. ...
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What forms of human thinking are present on animals and protohumans?

General idea I'm trying to see what characteristics of human thinking are present on animals and protohumans. In other words, how our thought depends on previous forms of intelligence (because of ...
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What are the thoughts? [duplicate]

At the neuroscience level, what are thoughts? I mean, are they just electrical synapse through the brain in a recognizable patterns? if so, How are those electrical pulses originated?
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How can visual thinking be avoided?

I have seen a lot of resources online about how to teach people visual thinking, but I've seen a lot less on the opposite: how to avoid visual thinking. The problem with visual thinking is that it is ...
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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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Hard to think when hearing audible speech

I don't know what is the exact cause of this but when there is some song playing around me or someone is talking near me its harder for me to concentrate my thoughts or imagine something. However pure ...
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What effect can depression have on memory?

While a link has been shown that when a person is in a depressed episode there can be a negative effect on the individuals memory. (Hubbard et al, 2016). This shows that when a person is experiencing ...
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Why do thoughts take a non-zero length of time? [closed]

I was staring blankly at my desk thinking about how to overcome a programming task at work when it suddenly dawned on me I had spent the best part of half an hour trying to envision how this problem ...
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Difference between thoughts and sensations

I am interested to know how to distinguish sensations from thoughts, according to the techniques and concepts of neuroscience and psychology. Is there an explicit distinction between them, or are ...
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Do many people have an "Accompanying Voice" - an equal they converse with?

A hypnosis professional told me this is true, so I am asking: is it a fact of psychology that many people have a voice that they talk with "in their head" which talks back to them and helps solve ...
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Does thoughtfulness make us more susceptible to criticism? [closed]

I have noticed that when I am in a thinking mode and someone that matters to me such as my mother criticises me I keep thinking about it throughout the day and this has a negative impact on me and my ...
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Do dreams improve upon memory and understanding by making the sensory experience MORE LIKE thought? [closed]

It is certainly a great fact/truth that the ability of thought to describe or reconfigure sensory experience is ultimately dependent upon the extent to which thought is similar to sensory experience. ...
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How do I choose what I think?

Where do my thoughts come from? What allows me to choose them at all? Regardless of whether free will is an illusion or not, what makes a thought happen? (This is a mix of a philosophical question and ...
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Learning to think?

Do we need to learn to 'think' or is it an ability that we are born with? By 'think' I mean neurons firing in a certain way to provide useful information (although since I am not strong in this ...
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Does intentionally being aware of an emotion or thought pattern increase the incidence of that thought pattern?

As a means of tracking and exerting control over my life and emotions, I've considered doing a daily log to measure various life metrics, like what time I got up, how much coffee I've drunk, and ...
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Does anyone know how to explain Quinian bootstrapping process by Carey to a layperson (like me)?

I've been trying my best to understand what Quinian bootstrapping is, by reading scientific articles on this topic, but I come across more and more philosophical concepts like "sortals" or similar. ...
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is it true that people who code think differently? [duplicate]

I code websites and I believe the way I think is totally different from most of the others. Not that I think in a better way(a possibility though) but I'm only saying "differently". Do you think it's ...
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What is the mechanism behind recurring or looping thoughts?

I'm interested in what is the mechanism that explains the recurrence or looping of thoughts within a person's mind. Unless very strongly distracted, such thoughts can creep up back or mutate slightly ...
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Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?

A rather basic question, but I don't see answer in Google, so here it goes: Humans have thoughts, sometimes these thoughts carry with them motivations to act, urges, cravings, etc. All these can make ...
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Are liars inclined to lie to themselves?

Reading the famous quote of Oliver Sacks, can we draw conclusions about liars? "We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of ...
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