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To what category of optical illusions does this image belong?

To what class of optical illusions does the below image belong? The diagonal lines are parallel, but because of the context, the longer of the two appears bent.
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Is is possible to “delete” a memory permanently?

If cognitive memory is compared to computer memory, then is it possible to purposefully and permanently forget a specific memory, using known technologies and methodologies?
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Composer Thomas Schoenberger's Sophia Musik effect on the brain?

Thomas Schoenberger claims his 'Sophia Musik' (the Ultimate Baby CDs) hav many beneficial effects on the brain. Are you aware of this prolific composer and have any advice regarding his musical ...
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Is there a biological equivalent to the bias term used in artificial neural networks?

For the longest time, I had been thinking that the bias term used in the standard artificial neural network model (the ubiquitous one used in most machine learning implementations) can be interpreted ...
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Reference request: Parkinson's disease book [closed]

I am about start a project on computational modelling of basal ganglia in the context of motor problems in Parkinson's disease. My background is mostly on computational side (and some neuroscience too)...
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Why does autism sometimes only visibly appear later in life?

From what I know about the autism spectrum, a lot of people who were diagnosed later in life (not during childhood) didn't "seem autistic" until adolescence or young adulthood. Of courses, they had ...
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Defensive attribution vs Self-serving bias

What is the difference between "Defensive attribution" and the "self-serving-bias"? Both seem to involve a practice where one would attribute our failures to circumstances and our successes to ...
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Since we know the 5ht2a receptor impacts learning efficiency why has stimulating it not been tried for alleviating learning disabilities?

If you go on wikipedia or do a search on Google you can quickly find a bunch of articles on the importance of serotonin for impacting the efficacy of learning. Experiments have been run in mice for ...
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Is it ethical to deliberately provide incorrect information to participants in a psychological study?

I've noticed that several psychological studies purport to measure one thing, but once participants enroll, they end up measuring something completely different. For example, I recently came across a ...
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Can one learn not to panic? How?

It's always impressive to listen to the professionalism of a commercial pilot communicating in a crisis situation, apparently remaining calm and in control in terrifying circumstances, with terrible ...
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System 1 thinking and ADHD

I'm interested in learning if there is any connection between System 1/System 2 thinking and ADHD. The former is a theory about the process underlying decision making, and the latter is a mental ...
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Does childhood familiarity with weather patterns predict the influence of those patterns on mood?

Though similar to this question, in my opinion the difference is large enough for my question to stand alone: I observed that specific weather conditions affect my mood. That's rater trivial, sure. "...
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If a specific neuron is present in my brain, will it be present in another person's brain?

For example if I have a neuron cell that fires when I say the letter 'A' and is located at a specific place in my brain, will another person have that cell at the exact same place and will it fire ...
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Amount of noise in (the recognisable definition of) an ERP

As I understand it, ERPs can be reliably identified only after the noise (inherent to EEG signals, regardless of the task used to evoke the response) has been largely removed, which is done by ...
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Perfect events in a random world?

I have a friend. They believe that God exists because they have experienced a large amount of 'perfect coincidences', or rather, events that are too perfect to be coincidences. What kind of ...
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How to measure child to adult development quantitatively?

Are there any tests available that could quantify a personal development from child to adult if the development is more or less healthy and is not considered pathological? I'm absolutely new to the ...
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Looking for text books comparing animal and human brain

Are there any papers or textbooks comparing animal nervous system and human's ? I'm most interested in "higher" animals such as mammals(Chimps, dogs etc.)
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How are the brains of mathematicians different from typical people?

As a biomedical sciences student who also minors in Mathematics, I am often amazed by some of my classmates who really appear to be born for Mathematics (with regards to both their abilities and ...
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Asking for illogical things to make extreme views normal?

A couple of months back I was reading an article about how politicians were asking to make decisions that are way beyond possible (name it unreasonable, unacceptable, illogical) just as a medium of ...
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Yes-No question in 2AFC staircase test

I understand the task of a 2AFC test is to select one of the two stimuli presented (e.g. the stronger one), whereas in Yes-No test there is only one stimulus presented. But is it ok to ask a Yes-No ...
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How true are Jordan Peterson's claims on IQ tests?

Disclaimer: I am aware that this topic has the potential of becoming high political, but I have asked it nevertheless in order to receive some clarification on the subject. Please back all of your ...
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how to find out the references of various languages of EMI-2 (exercise motivation inventory-2)

I found a website which included the questionnaires of Exercise Motivation Inventory-2 with various languages (EMI-2; http://pages.bangor.ac.uk/~pes004/exercise_motivation/emi/emi-2.htm) such as ...
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How does modulation of the activity of an afferent neuron lead to increase in MEP's?

I was confused reading this: Another example has been described with the primary motor cortex, where the afferent axonal synaptic input (Figure 1) can be facilitated by anodal tDCS (Rahman et ...
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Can you really have “excessive empathy”?

This question arose out of the question Excessive empathy, social cues and adaptive behavior evaluation whereby excessive empathy was considered to impair interpersonal relationships. My question is ...
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Can you self-induce a derealization episode?

From The experimental induction of depersonalization (DP) and derealization (DR) in panic disorder and nonanxious subjects (Miller, et al., 1994) DP and DR induction procedures were the following: ...
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Excessive empathy, social cues and adaptive behavior evaluation

An article by Gunnar Bartsch of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, JMU started me on this line of inquiry. The original source is no longer available but has been reproduced at ScienceDaily (...
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Is there research on the effects of praise on the person giving the praise

I've seen a lot of research on the effects of praise on the person receiving the praise. I have not seen anything on the effects of praise on the person providing the praise. Does such research ...
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Can overload of information affect short term memory?

Can stress affect short term memory? If one is overloaded with a lot of information, can their short term memory be affected?
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How to encourage people to experiment/try new things?

In a New York Times op-ed, Sendhil Mullainathan (professor of economics at Harvard) laments that it is difficult to get people to try new things or experiment. He gives himself as an example, saying ...
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Is 'averageness' in the study of facial attraction ethnicity specific?

Is 'averageness' in the study of facial attraction ethnicity specific? I just always wondered whether the 'beauty' ideal of "averageness" is human wide, or is the average across some group or groups. ...
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What's that vulnerability/weakness of human psychology which is consciously/subconsciously utilized by politicians or people with authority/fame?

Below is just an example: I am from India and I remember that we were promised by our PM, Narendra Modi, that he would bring all the black money from Swiss banks and he will deposit around 15 lac INR ...
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What methods exist for converting channel-wise directed (effective) connectiviy estimates to ROI-wise connectivity estimates?

I am reading up on directed connectivity estimates (e.g. Granger causality, DTF, dDTF) in an attempt to find a method that allows me to appropriately convert channel-wise connectivity estimates into ...
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Belongingness vs Social Connectedness

I am struggling with translation of these two words into my language. In many studies, they measure connectedness (or how much people feel connected) or belongingness (as need to belong or sense of ...
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Are there animals with only excitatory neurons?

Are there animals with only excitatory neurons? I am not sure it is possible. Also, maybe excitation/inhibition can become relative? I however will be happy to read your opinion.. For example, are ...
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What causes the lack of focus due to sleep deprivation? What are the outcomes of this?

When one is sleepy and one attempt's to work on something cognitively demanding, such as doing algebra in one's head, or trying to imagine a house's interior in detail, what causes the "resistance" to ...
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Is there medical term for depression?

I have heard of many kind of depresssions. Depression is nothing but not letting our feelings outspoken . If we dont why it is said that the feelings stay inside and affect. Is it a solid particle ...
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Intrinsic relevance of ERP polarity: 'negativity' vs 'positivity'

I know that polarity in a EEG signal is arbitrary, and a matter of convention, as clearly explained in this past question. However, assuming said conventions are well-followed, I wonder whether is ...
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How will the pet therapy aid the child with autism?

As a Special Education Teacher at ACCEL, behaviors of individuals with autism has been remarkably consistent over time with the help of ABA therapy services, which include pet therapy and ...
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How to compare effectiveness of psychological treatment for psychological illness, versus medical treatment for medical illness?

I'm a college student. I read somewhere that people often assume that mental health issues do not get better, and that a person ends up seeing a psychiatrist forever. So I was wondering if there was a ...
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Do vulnerable/covert/shy narcissists seek therapy for NPD?

It is known that common (a.k.a. overt, flamboyant) narcissists rarely seek therapy on their own. However, there is an atypycal type of narcissism called “shy”, “covert” or “vulnerable“. They behave ...
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Are there some discussions about Buddhism in science?

Buddhists are masters in observing what occurs on their minds, i.e what we call subjective as feelings, thoughts and more first-person stuff. They really seem to understand how inmaterial world works ...
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What is the difference between principal neurons and pyramidal cells?

I am reading Kandel's "Principals of Neural Sciences". There the book sometimes refers to excitatory neurons as principal cells, and sometimes as pyramidal cells. Can anyone tell me the difference? ...
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What is the current gold standard in double locked storage of therapeutic records?

I am asking this question in the context of a U.S. (Massachusetts) psychologist performing IPA studies. The interviews will be conducted through Zoom mostly. The recorded interviews will be stored the ...
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What are the reactions to frustration?

Human beings constantly strive towards goals which gratify their biological and psychological needs but what happens when their needs are frustrated over a long period of time that is when they are ...
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Can listening to sad songs lead to depression?

When we listen to a sad song, we may experience sadness ourselves. Can this sadness lead to depression?
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How do you call this: Feeling stuck and passively waiting for a solution

Looking for the name of a phenomenon I've seen in many, including myself. When someone is bothered by a situation in their life, will openly complain about it, but won't or can't come up with an ...
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How are schamata represented in Cognitive Load Theory

I come across papers that say things like "if the new information is compatible with the schema, it is accepted". I'm not clear on how schemata are represented by theorists in order to make this ...
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Averaging a linear or nonlinear function treatment

In a hypothetical PET study, my sample consists of a clinical population which exhibit brain hypermetabolism. I divide my sample into two homogenous groups. One receives a treatment whereas the other ...
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How it's known that scintillating scotomas are caused by cortical spreading depression?

I have just read about a visual effect called a scintillating scotoma. Many variations occur, but scintillating scotoma usually begins as a spot of flickering light near or in the center of the ...
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What makes words (entities) positive or negative?

I am conducting a lexicon study asking people to classify words as being positive, negative, or neutral. It seems to be a very natural ability for us to perform such classifications. The next step is ...

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