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Why do we get afraid of things that look unnatural, but that we could likely fight?

By unnatural things, I mean monsters from terror movies and the like. For example, let's focus in something like Samara from The Ring film, photo here. Yes, her body may be twisted and with her skin ...
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Effect of deniable encryption on willigness to give up secrets under torture

Suppose a person is tortured and can choose to give up secrets or not. What effect would a situation have in which the person cannot prove that they gave up all their secrets? Would a person give up ...
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Could a failure of condensed inner speech be linked to slowed cognition?

Could a failure of "condensed inner speech" be linked to slowed cognition? It is a type of inner voice, and as conceptualized by Fernyhough it involves the capacity to think in terms of pure ...
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What role do the ego and group unconsciousness have in Jungian “individuation”?

What role do the ego and group unconsciousness have in Jungian "individuation"? What distinguishes Jungian psychology is the idea that there are two centers of the personality. The ego is the ...
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Are there any pain scales which measure how much of the body is in pain?

Are there any pain scales which talk about the extent of pain, i.e. how much of the body is in pain? I'm in the process of trying to work out whether several lesions, hurt with the same intensity as ...
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ANOVA or Multiple Regression for Big 5 predicting criteria instead of SEM

I am working on a project where I am studying the relationship between personality and certain economic outcomes. Direct measures for the economics outcome is available, while for personality I am ...
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Do statistical interpretations tell us anything the stats don't prima facie?

I hope this question isn't too vague (I studied psychology a long time ago, when the neuropsychological side was still fairly nascent). I believe I've read - at some point - that interpreting ...
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How to interpret a BBC news article on the effect of race on intelligence?

In spring 1998, Robert Plomin claimed to have discovered a gene linked with intelligence. More recently, the Human Genome Project was cautious when approaching areas implying racial differences since ...
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Is there a consensus that there are racial differences in IQ scores? [duplicate]

I'm not asking whether the difference is genetic or environmental, or if IQ scores are a racist and flawed measure of intelligence. i.e., I am not asking about causation. Is there a consensus that ...
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What are the true signs of haters?

What are the real signs of haters? The reason I asked this question is that I encountered people who treated me badly with criticism now and then. I suspected that they hated me, but I cannot find any ...
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How would you describe someone who has 1001 rules?

I’m looking for a good clinical definition of someone who has 1001 rules that s/he is convinced must be followed. A DSM-like diagnosis would be great. I have come across people with this trait and ...
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Rescorla Wagner and Classical Conditioning

I have one question regarding Classical Conditioning versus Operant Conditioning. I guess I do understand the difference but there are some things that are not quite clear: Why is the Rescorla-Wagner ...
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What makes us feel that one person is more beautiful than the other? [duplicate]

What makes us feel that one person is more beautiful than the other? What makes some facial features attractive but some unattractive? Why a sharp nose, smallmouth, blue eyes, bright complexion, ...
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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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What is the difference between the processing of visual information and auditory information?

We can read: The visual cortex is located in the occipital lobe of the brain and is primarily responsible for interpreting and processing visual information received from the eyes. The amount of ...
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Is there a study that supports the claim that sexual deprivation leads to sexual deviancy?

Can anyone give studies that, if they exist, prove that sexual deprivation leads to sexual deviancy in later stages of life?
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Relation and differences between Awe, Aha moment and Flow

Relation and differences between Awe, Aha moment and Flow? From my reading, Awe is defined as 'Awe refers to an intense emotional response people may have when they encounter an object, event, or ...
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Why is it only positive charge that gets injected into a neuron when we inject a current into it?

Learning about the basics of theoretical neuroscience from the youtube lectures from Michale Fee's introduction to neural computation course. We're considering a very simplified model of a neuron, ...
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Is there a program in the brain?

In a digital computer the are data, zeros and ones, stored in a material medium. A program is stored in a material medium too. This is implemented in the form of zeros and ones too but the two ...
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Are memories, in the brain, standing on their own?

When I try to recollect a memory, sometimes the analogy with an archive is brought on. There is a huge amount of them, so it is thought, and every time we try to recollect a memory our brain searches (...
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Does the cohesion of groups stem from the need to be observed?

Morpheus is a fictional AI prototype appearing in the videogame Deus Ex. Interestingly, during in-game conversations, Morpheus says: "The need to be observed and understood was once satisfied by ...
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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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Difference in neural activity of a thought vs. a memory

I want to understand the difference in neural activity between a "thought" and a "memory impression". Is it a "thought" while the neural activity is present in working ...
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Understanding the unique vibrational signature of a human

I want to better understand what makes the unique vibrational signature of a human truly unique. To me it seems that is probable however not a fundamental truth. If a humans vibrational signature is ...
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Are IQ scores above 200 statistically meaningful?

IQ scores are supposedly put on a normal distribution with a standard deviation of 15. The population of the world is about 7,674,000,000. So, if I know my statistics and made no numerical errors, the ...
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Filtering noise data from a single memory impression to isolate neural activity of a specific memory impression

I want to isolate the neural activity of a single specific memory impression. The problem is accurately associating the brainwave activity to the isolated memory. Time can be used to estimate the ...
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What is it called when the brain creates an alternative reality?

I recently heard of a phycological phenomenon where someone's brain can create its own ongoing reality. someone can go through a traumatic situation and their brain creates a whole new life without ...
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Can we currently manually influence single neuron activation/deactivation

I know there are current methods to influence control of individual neurons through a technique called Nanoelectrode-mediated single neuron activation. However there is no indication as to the ...
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What is the prevalence of bipolar 1 vs bipolar 2?

When it comes to bipolar 1 vs. bipolar 2 is one more common than the other? Approximately what percentage of the population has each disorder?
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Body Language: Why do we give each other the grumpy/frowning fake smile?

I've recently become aware of this - I kinda knew I was always doing it, but just now it got me self conscious and thinking about it: When crossing paths with a stranger, you are supposed to be ...
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What if the eyes are connected to the auditory cortex?

Imagine that somehow magically your eyes are mapped to your auditory cortex and your ears to the visual cortex. These mappings are highly illogical. The most Natural place to map your eyes in the ...
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Why does Neuralink place sensors in the neocortex instead of the old brain?

Imagine a perfect archer whose arrow always hit the target in precisely the area where he wanted it to hit. Now imagine that each location on the target was an instruction to a human body to make a ...
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What does the heritability of a trait mean in practice?

The concept of heritability gets misunderstood a lot, so there are several articles discussing what it doesn't mean. But reading through all of them leaves me confused about what it does mean in ...
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What happens to the motor region in the brain if people get paralysed?

Imagine a person that is paralysed because the connection between the motor region in the cortex and the motor apparatus in the body (neurons) is comprised. What happens to the neurons that were ...
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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 Stanford Prison Experiment considered valuable by modern psychologists?

The Stanford Prison Experiment (see also the Wikipedia article) is taught to many psychology students because of its infamy and the media coverage around it at the time of the experiment. There have ...
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How is the brain divided in parts?

Now I can imagine the body being separated in parts. There is the liver, the bones, the skin, the eyes, the kidneys, the feet, the legs, or the brain. All these sub-units work together coherently and ...
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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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How long does an area clean-up help it stay clean?

Sometime in middle or high school I remember coming across this popular thinking of, when an area or neighbourhood has some trash, it makes people think it's ok to litter there themselves, and the ...
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Do people who serially commit heinous crimes (murder, rape, etc…) know that what they are doing is wrong?

Do serial killers and other heinous-crime-comitters know that they are committing horrible acts that are wrong, but just do so anyway because it fulfills them somehow? Or do they view their actions as ...
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Does the brain contain chaotic systems, akin to the weather or planetary orbits?

I was wondering whether the brain contains processes that are chaotic in nature i.e. subject to great variance in the long run given minutely different initial conditions down to quantum fluctuations, ...
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Do clothes influence behavior

I was just curious that does clothes influence behavior? I feel that if I wear sports wear I feel more joyful and energetic. Have any studies been done on it?
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Do renowned stage hypnotists and illusionists like Derren Brown have any scientific credibility whatsoever?

Illusionists and stage hypnotists like Derren Brown are well known for performing shows where they showcase their alleged expertise to make people fall into all sorts of tricks, from faith healing to ...
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What is the cochlea frequency response by number of hair receptors

I am trying to recreate the cochlea/basilar membrane response to sound and want to know how the hair receptors are bucketed or binned by frequency, so and ideal list would be something like 10kHz-...
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DSM-5 Assessments for App (electronic) use [closed]

I'm a budding entrepreneur building an app in the health and wellness space. As a part of the onboarding and user journey experience, I'm thinking of incorporating all DSM-5 assessments in my app, ...
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What statistical tests should be performed to test effect of trials on response times where each subject has different number of data points?

I am running a behavioral experiment where a number of subjects (=20 in my case) perform a simple cognitive task. The experiment consists of a fixed number of trials (say, 40 in my case). During each ...
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Schizophrenia and the second personality [closed]

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and searched for information about this disease and found it matches what happened to me but there is something I did not find in the articles is that I was feeling ...
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What is the relation between fun and motivation? Are they the same?

Are 'having fun in doing something' and 'being motivated to do something' the same thing? If not, how are fun and motivation related? Is there any formal definition on this? Would it be possible to ...
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Choices and satisfaction

Say person A can choose from some items one to be his own. After some time he can come back and replace it with another. A person B can choose as well but cannot replace once chosen. Are both the ...
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Studies on how art affects people

Are there more specific studies on how and why art affects people? I think art is very subjective. I would like an answer that can encompass, if possible, both music, games and paintings when it comes ...

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