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Are people more likely to use words they've heard recently in conversation?

I have noticed before that if I use a somewhat uncommon word like "doubtlessly" in conversation, my conversation partner is more likely to say the word again later. Am I falling prey to a ...
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Memory game - short or long-term memory?

There is a game where "a suitcase is packed" and you have to remember all the words or objects that are packed into the suitcase. Each participant adds a new word to the "chain of words&...
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Change in perceived direction of body when laying in bed [closed]

Sometimes when I lie in bed, with my eyes closed, I get the sense that my head is actually at the bottom of the bed, where my feet usually are, when I know it is still resting on the pillow on the top ...
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Does fear induce motivation or despair in context of closing deadlines in personal projects?

The question is in context of projects you've setup as your career goals. In such projects, There is no one pushing you stay on track. There is no system around you to help you flow with the flow. ...
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Is there research to support the idea that social networking sites could be improved to “feel more” in order to avoid “online disinhibition effect”?

Is there research to support the idea that social networking sites could be improved to "feel more" in order to avoid "online disinhibition effect"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Name of the psychological effect that make us see correlation that may not exist

After 51 years, the "Z-340" cypher text from "Zodiac" serial killer has been solved: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/11/us/zodiac-killer-cypher-340-code-trnd/index.html Now that we ...
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Wait, who do psychologists talk to then? [duplicate]

(I don't know what the correct tag for this topic is) Physicologists talk to many people and may encounter many things they aren't actually comfortable addressing. Do phsychologists talk to other ...
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can slightly different behavioral patterns be identified in a brain electrical signal? [closed]

This is a question just out of curiosity, but may very well be misguided. I was in a shop an the waiter typed a password. I could hear the beeps in intervals: t-t (space) t-t and other time: t (space) ...
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How to use QUEST in a discrimination task

Similar to the question "How to use a QUEST staircase in 2-AFC”. I also have a question about using QUEST. In fact, I too tried to find an answer in Psychophysics: A Practical Introduction by Kingdom ...
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Consent for Telephone Surveys

I'm planning on submitting a study proposal to an IRB for exempt research. The study's data will be collected through telephone surveys, and of course, I'd need informed consent from each participant. ...
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Multiple “levels” of association in classical conditioning?

Sorry if this appears a silly question - If I understand correctly, the objective of classical conditioning, is to pair a neutral stimulus with an unconditioned stimulus, so the neutral stimulus ...
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How to handle single trial ERP (P300)

I am learning to work with EEG data in young and elderly subjects. The goal is to find differences in P300 (amplitude & latency) between both age groups during learning. I analyzed the data based ...
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Is it possible to feel an emotion and simultaneously observe it? Are there studies regarding this, and terms related to it?

I’ve been thinking about this in regards to empathy, or trying to understand someone. You have to put yourself in that person’s position and imagine yourself going through that same experience. But it ...
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In the behaviorism it is argued that we learn behavior, but (how) does this influence our way of thinking?

I'm currently learning psychological approaches and social psychology, and this question popped into my head. The book on the approaches is: Glassman, W., Hadad, M. (20130116). Approaches to ...
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Why does sadness exist as a separate emotion?

I tried looking up an answer to this question, but all I got were links to depression hotlines. Gotta love Google :) Why is sadness as a separate emotion beneficial? Sadness seems mostly to be ...
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Difficulty of expressing thoughts verbally

Some people find it difficult to express their thoughts verbally. They may often feel that their words don't give their thoughts enough justice, and that their thoughts could've been verbalized better....
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Is there any justification for viewing neurons as self-interested agents?

There are aspects of cognition that are vaguely reminiscent of markets within an economy. For example, there is specialization as well as integration within both brains and economies. One of the ...
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Are there any ways to naturally speed up my reaction speed without any drugs?

I play a lot of video-games and did some research online and came to the conclussion that a certain set of things are linked to an above average reaction speed and an general improved cognitive ...
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Are some latitudes or climates more conducive to human happiness than others?

Background The 19th century Chinese political philosopher and dissident Kang Youwei wrote that among the more severe miseries of this life are: premature death, mutilation, slavery, and living outside ...
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Should I define each and every term while writing an article for a psychology journal?

I am writing a review article on dialectical behavioral therapy. If in the article, there are technical terms related to behavioral therapy, so, should I define each of the terms while writing the ...
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Is Mass Psychogenic Illness (MPI) a falsifiable scientific hypothesis?

I've come across the concept of mass psychogenic illness (MPI) quite a few times in discussions about religious experiences. After reading the Wikipedia article on MPI, I have doubts on the validity ...
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When people get over their fears, do they get over it, or do they just get used to it?

When people fear something, and then at a later time don't, have they just gotten used to the feeling of fear, or are they actually less scared? If it varies by which fear we are talking about, then ...
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Mechanism of ECT [closed]

What happens within the brain structure when ECT is given ? What are the changes occuring physically as well as neurologically ? Has there been any research into this matter ? Of not , why ?
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Reporting d-prime results

I am currently working on research analysing yes/no responses in a recognition memory task. The false alarm rate is quite high so I have performed a d-prime test and collected d-prime values. Now that ...
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What is the difference between Undoing and Reaction Formation?

According to wikipedia: Reaction formation is a defense mechanism in which emotions and impulses which are anxiety-producing or perceived to be unacceptable are mastered by exaggeration of the ...
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Can a brain dead person be revived through a modified defribillator?

Is the analogy of a defribillator for a brain be able to tackle brain deaths ? What are the limitations to this idea?
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When learning a subject by working on a problem set, what is the optimal amount of time to spend on a problem?

In STEM courses, students solve problems in problem sets, as a way to learn through practice. Answers are often provided for some problems (e.g., the odd numbered problems in a textbook) and not for ...
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Why does a British accent sound smarter to Americans?

This question has to do with how people perceive other accents. It seems that having a British accent makes someone seem more intelligent, even though that isn’t always true. As funny as it is, I ...
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What, if anything, sets humans apart from other species?

As I grew up, I was taught that the difference between humans and animals was that human beings have free will and animals do not. The basis is that animals will act accordingly to the nature of their ...
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Why are humans the only species to maintain relationships with other animals simply for pleasure?

In the wild, animals may share waterholes, and grazing areas. Some animals have symbiotic relationships one example being the hippopotamus and the oxpecker bird. The symbiotic relationships are based ...
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How does one add a commutator to the UCLA miniscope cable?

The UCLA miniscope is an open source alternative to the Inscopix system for calcium imaging in freely behaving animals. One of the benefits of their system that they tout is the ability to have a ...
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How can we overcome positional bias when selecting an option on a screen/document?

I think the question is best described by an example: You are at a doctors office and are about to have a conversation about you birth control prescription. Before you can enter you have to decide if ...
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Could you inject external gamma waves into your brain safely?

I've recently taken up the study of neurology, and I was wondering if you could create a device that would input gamma waves into your brain. And if it would be safe. Suppose you had a device that you ...
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Why do people tend to put stigma on a victim and not on the perpetrator?

Introduction: My personal observation is that most people, regardless of culture context, tend to put stigma mainly on the victim of a violent act and not (that much) on the perpetrator. It is always ...
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What are the necessary pre-conditions for the emergence of a conscience?

I am aware of 2 brain anomalies that seem to be associated with the non-emergence of a conscience. One is associated with psychopathy. The other is associated with narcissism. psychopathy: My ...
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From a general perspective, why are we more likely to remember wanting to do something, but not specifically what it is?

I have experienced several mind pops and instant recalls based on triggered events, and some might come suddenly, or they might gradually appear. Sometimes, though, I remember something that I would ...
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Are there contemporary buildings that have been designed based on colour psychology?

I am writing my thesis on how environmental psychology has influenced architecture and i am focusing on colour. I am looking for buildings that have been designed based on how colour affects the human ...
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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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Public domain scientific intelligence test available for use in research

The IPIP is an example of a public domain scientific personality inventory that can be used for research. Are there any good public domain scientific measures of intelligence? Requirements Do not ...
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Do physical or social factors predominate in place attachment?

Are there studies that analyse if stress in displacement primarily results from being removed from a physical or from a social environment? For example, does it lead to more stress to remain in a ...
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The research on dishonesty

This question is in regard to the explanation power of the conducted experiments to prove the self-concept maintenance theory in Mazar et al.'s "The Dishonesty of Honest People?" (Verschuere,...
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What fraction of the population has secure attachment style?

Attachment theory suggests that we divide attachment styles into secure attachment style vs insecure attachment styles. What fraction of the population would be classified as having a secure ...
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Is The Chimp Model really a thing?

I've come across 'The Chimp Model' that sports psychologist Steve Peters advocates for understanding human motivations. While this seems intuitive does it have much credibility in neuroscience? If ...
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Surface area in the classic Hodgkin Huxley Model

How can I vary the membrane surface in the classic HH model? I have programmed such a model and now I ask myself how I can change the surface of the compartment, so which parameters I have to increase ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings? (see videos for illustrative examples)

Basically the title. I would like to know if there are scientific studies on the phenomenon of experiencing sudden body shaking and trembling in religious settings, usually in response to the command ...
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Is there an example of a major mental handicap being rectified similar to Awakenings, the 1990 film and 1973 nonfiction book?

For those born with cognitive impairment, could technology progress to a point where their disability is rectified to a level of regular human faculty? In the movie and memoir, Awakenings, a new drug ...
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Cortical Statistics

I just began reading Dayan & Abbott's Theoretical Neuroscience. I'm barely even through the second page, and I'm already stuck on this paragraph: Axons from single neurons can traverse large ...
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Will smoking marijuana lightly during teens cause developmental damage to the brain?

If someone were to smoke marijuana lightly during his teens and stop abruptly in his adulthood. Would he suffer from Some type of damage to his short term memory/iq and if so can the damage be ...
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Has anyone tried using functional near-infrared spectropathy to quantitively measure sodium concentrations in the brain?

Functional near-infrared spectropathy "fNIRS", is a biophysics/medical technique that uses the near-infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum (around 680nm to 810nm in wavelength) to ...
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Any studies that assess effects of treatment to individual depression symptoms

As an study/research idea, I have been going through articles about treatment response (mostly SSRI and other antidepressants) related to treating depression, but many studies seem to be mostly ...

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