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What is the bandwidth of visual perception?

Approximately how much "bandwidth", in bits per second, can typical human visual perception process? Consider "The Matrix", where we assume a near-perfect digital encoding that can ...
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Has criminal-related research been conducted regarding critical childhood experiences/adverse turning points for individuals who commit murder?

I've conducted some basic research regarding criminology and the work of criminal psychologists. From what I've concluded, the focus of these studies are primarily related to determining why specific ...
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What are the leading theories on what is intelligence, how can it be assessed and what biases and factors must be considered in this topic? [closed]

On the form of the question and wanted answers This question is a broad one and intends to draw an overview of multiple ways the topic can be discussed, as well as virtues and drawbacks of each one. ...
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Do psychotherapist need to keep track of patients' daily activities during long-term therapies? [closed]

During long-term therapies, besides therapeutic sessions, do psychologists/psychotherapists need to keep track of the patients’ daily activities (including nutrition, sleeping time, exercising, ...
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What causes the perception of time

I've recently watched veritasium video about time perception. And what i got out of that is that the more are brain is being used up the slower time goes and the less we use the faster it goes. Is ...
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What is the difference between reminiscence and nostalgia?

Both reminiscence and nostalgia refer to thinking about the past, but where is the line between them? I am looking into how reminiscence affects meaning in life and have found that most research ...
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Why children dreams aren't distorted?

I'm reading a general introduction to Psychoanalysis and in the eight lecture Freud starts saying that children dreams aren't distorted so they are easier to analyze. Do all children dreams are ...
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What term can describe the feeling that a job just does itself?

Is there a term that can describe that a job, however exhausting it might be, just does itself? Meaning, for example, that all doubt concerning how you're doing a job, whether or not you should do the ...
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Name of cognitive bias that causes experts to overestimate their ability in other areas?

Is there a name for a cognitive bias that causes people who have been successful in one area to be overconfident in their level of knowledge / ability in another unrelated area? It's related to the ...
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Need for closure oriented toward the future only

I've had my fair share of unseemly and confusing relationship failures, ones without so called "closure" social psychological terms that describe an individual's desire for a clear, firm ...
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Identifying cause of differing drive in similar situations

I am a software developer. I absolutely love what I do and I am very good at it. I have a strong work ethic. When I go to work, I work the full time, I am highly productive and engaged for the entire ...
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Question about writing effective experimental prompts

I am running a crowd-sourced experiment where two participants have to engage in a text-based conversation (about movies or TV shows). My goal is to understand linguistic dynamics of the conversation, ...
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Can we improve critical thinking for children by reading?

How can we improve children critical thinking by reading stories? Also, how can we then measure that? asking questions? Can someone give an example of that? (if possible)
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what the name for "feeling that my bones are so thin"? [closed]

I sometimes feel like my bones are thin, especially finger bones are so thin, if I push them a little they will break, it takes 5 minute at most, then its gone. I was feeling it more when I was 9 to ...
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How to overcome mental blocks when studying?

Let's suppose hypothetically I am subject A for extended periods of time and devoting my all my time to it. At some point, I feel I hit a plateu , similar to trying to drive in mud, I feel stuck ...
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How to calculate Fano Factor for spike train data?

I've heard this used many times but never had to do it myself. How does one calculate Fano Factor (FF) for spike train data? Let's say that you have for some neuron the spike count in a certain time ...
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How reliable is this self-administered Mensa IQ test?

I found a Mensa challenge test, which can be taken for free on the Mensa website and involves answering 35 problems within 25 mins. They do mention that it is only for entertainment purposes, but ...
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Is pedophilia a sexual orientation or a mental disorder?

There are some different claims being made that pedophilia is a sexual orientation rather than a mental disorder. At the moment there seems to be a growing group of psychologists advocating that ...
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Can a deed be good if it benefits you? [closed]

I'm wondering what different psychological opinions are on what quantifies a good deed. I've separated the problem into several questions of increasing cynicism and am wondering how different ...
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Why is taboo erotic?

It comes in many forms: exhibitionism, voyeurism, public sex, rape, incest, to name a few. Any johnny with a John Thomas and internet has noticed how prevalent the incest premise has become on porn ...
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Why is deltaE not used as a measure of error?

I've recently read a few articles pertaining to visual memory. Most of them (e.g. Bays et al., 2009 use the continuous color recall task where they ask participants to recall the color of an object by ...
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Why do pretty girls needlessly keep eyesore "beauty spots" in their faces? [closed]

I used to think that this was a recent, modern "trend", but recently I watched a TV series from 1962 where this otherwise beautiful actress also has one of those eyesore "beauty spots&...
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Is there a point in life where you should just kill yourself? [closed]

Real talk is there a point in life where you should end your life yourself? I know there are people out there who really don't understand what its like to be in a down dark mental state. What do you ...
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Is it necessary to treat schizoid personality disorder? [closed]

If the individual is not interested in treatment and this disorder generally does not prevent him from living.
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Do thermal (infrared) photos of subjects experiencing emotions match predictions from Chakra mappings? [closed]

There is some ancient information about the meditation and chakras, so as one biomedical engineer I have one background about the emotional thermals photo, and like to find out some image position ...
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Why does a human mind repeat the same mistakes? [closed]

Why does a person go on repeating the same mistakes again and again even if he does not want to? He knows that he is going to regret it later since he has already repeated this several times in the ...
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If the female comparator to the Oedipus complex is Electra complex, is there a male comparator to Jocasta/Phaedra complex?

I have been browsing the questions and answers here within the realm of psychoanalysis and I came across the Jocasta complex in an answer here, which I had not heard about before so I have been ...
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Understanding fear as a response in classical conditioning

I have difficulties to understand fear as a response to a stimuli. In my view fear occurs as a anticipation of a possible threat in the (nearby) future. Fear prepares the organism so that it can react ...
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After focusing for a long time, why do certain activities have the effect of refreshing or rejuvenating your mind?

If you've been studying or otherwise engaging in mental work, there are certain activities which are often recommended to "refresh your mind" when you are tired. Here are some common ...
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Reference for a particular anecdote about the cultural basis of the ethics of homicide

I recently had a conversation with a friend about the psychology of ethics, and it reminded me of an anecdote that I read perhaps 10-15 years ago. The anecdote supposedly originates in the ...
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What are the brain regions related to tinnitus shown in this figure?

I am interested in learning about the neural mechanisms behind tinnitus, and was wondering if someone could help me to name the parts of the brain on the image below from a site of the University ...
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Is it possible to detect the mental flow state with EEG?

I know that it is possible to detect "focus" with a consumer EEG with a single electrode and a reference point (ear clip), even without conductive gel, but is it possible to detect a flow state with ...
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Do you need need to have an above average IQ in order to have a reasonable chance of successful career in STEM fields?

Particularly engineering, computer science, math. I came across this quote from someone who specializes in psychometrics in response to this question. Is it scientifically proven if hard work in STEM ...
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Comprehensive list of cognitive techniques in CBT

I'm not a cognitive science student, but I'm interested in CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and I'm using it to overcome some of the problems I have. However, I have difficulty in finding resources ...
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What is the name of the tendency to portray oneself in the positive light?

I know it exists and it has a name... But my google-fu skills are lacking, due to a pretty niche concept that uses a lot of generic keywords. There is a fallacy / mental model / a tendency for people ...
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What is the best network-based cognitive model to explain and predict political decision-making?

I would like to build a simple human-readable model based on connected concepts that can model how people - very approximately - represent and update their decision-making on a political subject as ...
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What are the differences between bipolar channels and monopolar channels for EEG?

In EEG, each electrode records a biopotential which must be compared to a reference biopotential in order to obtain a channel of measurement. Two types of channels are the so-called bipolar channels ...
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What is the primary source of the "mount stupid" graphic?

Online descriptions of the Dunning-Kruger effect are often accompanied by a "mount stupid" graphic similar to the below - from a Psychology Today article: However, the research paper does not contain ...
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How is "being in a flow" explained cognitively?

When wathcing the European Championship athletics, I hear many people talking about being in a "flow". Flow is defined as follows: Flow is an optimal psychological state that occurs when there is a ...
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Good neuroscience research blogs

In the field of AI research there are really good research blogs that regularly analyse methods and review papers. Examples that come to mind are: BAIR blog: The Berkeley AI Research blog Distill: an ...
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Does all motivation and desire originate in the limbic system?

My current understanding is that subcortical structures in the limbic system determine what we desire, and that the prefrontal cortex is essentially an uncaring tool utilized by the limbic system to ...
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Are centre-surround antagonism and lateral inhibition synonyms?

On Wikipedia, there is one page for centre-surround antagonism and one for lateral inhibition. They both concern the activity of a neuron being reduced by stimuli present not in the center of its ...
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Empath vs. Covert Narcissist in high conflict context

Is it really possible to spot a narcissist under fog of war? I.e., apart from the lenses of high conflict, is there any other major difference between an empath and a covert narcissist? To the layman, ...
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What Classical Conditioning says about multiple or multimodal stimuli?

I would like to know if classical conditioning somehow predicts/approaches scenarios where multiple or multimodal stimuli associate with a response. I do not have much knowledge on the topic, but it ...
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Is language an abstract concept that is voiced out though a national tongue?

When discussing with my son about a possible future (from the progress of technology point of view), he mentioned that it would be great to have a brain implant that would finally allow everyone to ...
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Electric communication between single neurons

It is believed that neurons communicate through neurotransmitters, released from multiple synapses and flow to the axon of the next neuron. But has it been shown if a single neuron communicate with a ...
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Basis for "we make 35,000 decisions a day" statistic

In an advertisement by Microsoft for their To-Do product they use a statistic that we "make over 35,000" decisions a day. Unsurprisingly, they don't cite a source. Is there any scholarly basis for ...
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Why are synapses that are connected to co-transmitting presynaptic vesicles uniformly distributed on the postsynaptic neuron?

This paper on functional implications of co-release and co-transmission says that "Consistent with a co-transmission phenotype, cholinergic synapses are uniformly distributed on the postsynaptic ...
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Were the subjects in the Stanford prison experiment randomly assigned to the study?

The Stanford prison experiment tested what would happen when a group of subjects was pushed in the role of prisoner, while a second group was assigned the role of guards. Within merely a day or so, ...
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Can the mind affect the physical brain? - a simple thought experiment

Scientists maintain that "a physical action requires a physical cause". However, if I am in deep thought about my dead spouse, for example, and a tear comes to my eye, how is it that the mind (thought)...

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