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### gender related activism scale

I'm looking for a self-report measure that assesses involvement and interest in activism that centers around gender equity, including (but not limited to) topics like gender equality, segregation and ...
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### Are there studies on politeness towards machines?

I noticed in several places (usually on web forms, but also with virtual assistants) that there is sometimes (or usually) an expectation of being polite towards the computer or device. An example ...
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### Do the brains of experts show less neural activity at a task when compared to novices?

I recently came across this article, where the writer says that it is commonly assumed among researchers that the brains of experts show less neural activity than those of novices, at the task that ...
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### Do people typically go through 'stages' when experiencing remorse, similar to grief?

It's well known, at least in pop psychology, that grief comes in a number of stages. Whether that's accurate or not, I'm interested in finding out if there's a similar phenomenon with remorse?
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### What is the most ideal way to study the effect of a drug on a person over time?

What is the theoretically most optimal way of determining the longterm effects of a drug? Is it large scale population studies in which questionnaires determine frequency of use of a drug and ...
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### On Hebbian learning rule's weight update

I'm trying to program a Hebbian learning rule for a simple fully connected deep neural network (DNN), which is structured as: $$z_i = W_iy_{i-1}+b_i$$ and $$y_i = g(z_i)$$ Based on Hebbian learning ...
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### Why do some people have better memories than others?

Some people have great memories. Some people have horrible memories. There are even people with hyperthymesia who remember everything. I was told that anybody can have a good memory if they practice ...
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### Gender stereotypes

Guys i am new in gender studies, but somethings is really puzzeling to me. In Gender, nature, and Nurture from Richard A. Lippa there are comment about role of gender stereotypes in making "...
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### Does CBT help with non-sexual crime recidivism rates?

In the same vain as a previous question I asked, (Are Sex Offender Treatment Programmes (SOTPs) effective?) I am wondering if CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) based therapies and interventions have ...
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### Making a risk assessment type scale using existing scales

I am trying to make a risk assessment type scale that measures the likelihood/risk of someone experiencing a psychological disorder in a setting. There are about 10 factors (e.g., gender, sleep ...
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### Why capable of social learning not implies capable of having culture?

In Do Animals Have Culture?, the article defines that Cultures are those group-typical behavior patterns shared by members of a community that rely on socially learned and transmitted information. ...
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### Are dedicated response boxes really better in precision than regular keyboards?

There are various (very pricey) commercial response boxes or pads (perhaps most notably Cedrus) that purportedly offer higher precision than regular keyboards. (Note that my question focuses on ...
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### How do "ideas" or "concepts" appear in the brain?

I'm new to neuroscience and psychology and recently learned about Hubel & Wiesel cat experiment where "some neurons fired rapidly when presented with lines at one angle, while others ...
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### On talking people out of delusions

One psychatrist I know recently wrote, offhand: "I remember when I was a student I tried so hard to convince someone that they weren't royalty, hours of passionate debate, and it just did nothing....
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### What do experts consider best mental techniques to avoid succumbing to temptations?

The Internet offers conflicting advice on how to resist temptations. For example, this article stresses the importance of willpower: Animals appear to obey their appetites in the moment; people — at ...
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### How can the uncertainty relation be exceeded in hearing?

Majka et al. (2015) [PDF] shows that some trained people can discern pitch differences faster than the uncertainty relation permit. How can this be possible? Abstract The human hearing sense is an ...
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### Mirrors/optics and physical adaptation of the eye

Is it possible to use a clever combination of lenses and mirrors placed between your eye and a screen 1m away from you to make the eye react to the screen as if it were 20m away from you? What I'm ...
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### On performing threshold-free-cluster-enhancement permutation tests--in combination with SPM--and then displaying the results on an MNI template

I'm trying out numerous comparison correction methods on my fMRI dataset and I've encountered multiple papers which used threshold free cluster enhancement, which I'd like to incorporate, but I'm ...
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### Do you think depressed people relate to dark and depressive internet memes, almost like a coping mechanism? [closed]

For example, this study found that they could be usefull
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### How can the action of drugs be determined by so few neurotransmitters?

It seems that there is a huge variety of mind-altering drugs with unique mental characteristics in terms of qualitative experience, yet the action of drugs is frequently explained as being the result ...
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### Asking for reference of specific meaning of "group polarization"

I am a finance student. Today I read a paper of Cinelli,2021 and face the phrase "group polarization theory" From this link, I found an idea that Those who don’t initially agree with that ...
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### how do the neurons get stronger physically? [closed]

I wanna know about the possibility of simulating the brain state physically to know about the possibility of getting an answer for (free will or random will) vs determinism in the future. so for the ...
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### Is there any similar concept of "evolutionary predominance" in psychology?

"Evolutionary predominance" is that people who adopted a trading strategy are more successful, causing this strategy to become more prominent and causing others to also follow that strategy. ...
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### Isn’t the concept of « Conscious agent » developped by Donald Hoffman a variation on the ancient idea of homonculus?

Isn’t the concept of « Conscious agent » developed by Donald Hoffman a variation on the ancient concept of homonculus? The idea of homunculus is the idea that consciousness is not the body or a part ...
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### What does this sentence of Richard Herrnstein regarding learned helplessness theory mean?

In Maier, S. F., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2016), Learned Helplessness at Fifty: Insights from Neuroscience, the authors quote an objection of Richard Herrnstein, a prominent Harvard Skinnerian (...
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### What does "psychology of salience" mean?

Han et. al., (2021) documented that Motivated by the psychology of salience, we also make a second key psychological assumption that receivers attend more to extreme outcomes I am wondering what ...
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### How do people who self-harm perceive pain and how is their pain tolerance related?

I would like to make a reference request for articles, papers or monographs that address the question of what is the experience of physical pain during self-harm, if possible, particularly in those ...
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### Whether "group polarization" and "social segregation" is the same?

In a paper of (Murase, 2019) use both terms "group polarization" and "social segregation". The "group polarization" is explained here, and the author also documents about ...
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### Why a "weak homophilic relationships" can be amplified by "cumulative advantage"

Murase, 2019 has a sentence that Thus even a relatively weak preference for homophilic relationships would tend to be amplified over time, via a cumulative advantage Basically, they mean that weak ...
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### What is the name of phenomenon that people state their initial opinion more firmly after discussion in group polarization? [closed]

In reading "group polarization", " that a person tends to shift to a more extreme opinion when in a group setting than what his/her original opinion might have been" So, in the ...
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### What is the relation between "homophily indices" and "group polarization" level?

Homophily is the tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others (Murase,2019). I expect that there is a measure of homophily level, called homophily indices. Group Polarization is ...
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### Why the definition of homophily in two papers are almost contrast?

Homophily is the tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others. Murase, 2019 says that Social tie formation includes focal closure and cyclic closure. The difference between these ...
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### What is the name of this bias or phenomenon?

He lied. You changed your mind. I reconsidered my decision. What is the name for this type of cognitive bias where you are easier on yourself when you describe your behavior, but harder on the second ...
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### What is the link between descriptive norm & informational social influence? When the descriptive norm doesn't appear to be "correct"?

I'm a first-year psychology student and this week I'm learning (from a crappy lecturer) about social norms, specifically injunctive vs descriptive norms, and normative vs informational social ...
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### Why do Many People Tend to Think That Natural Things are Better than Artificial? [closed]

It is common for some people to think that natural things and products are better while many artificial products are seen as bad. Why are many people subjects to this fallacy? What in our psychology ...
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### What is the name of the cognitive bias about groups of people with the same beliefs about others?

Last year I read an interesting magazine article about some papers on a cognitive bias about group beliefs. The papers highlight the fact that we tend to judge in a stronger way the same behavior if ...
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### Why do people dislike something? [duplicate]

Suppose a person sees a guy wearung red Tshirt and a pink trouser. At a first glance he disliked that combination of outfit, while another person beside him liked the combination. So why did this ...
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### Alternative to the Beads Task for the role of emotion in belief revision

Context I'm interested in understanding how emotion / affect is linked to belief revision. My supervisor suggested I use the classic beads task or something similar to it to get at this problem. ...
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### Modeling psychophysical data: appropriate visualization to account for experimental design

Background information: I am modeling psychophysical data at the trial level for the first time. The data stem from a visual line bisection task with constant stimulus intensity, the response variable ...
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### Measuring happiness in Children

I am in a cross cultural, multilingual setting. I would like to measure happiness / frustration of children before and after changing rules about food and water before surgical operations are ...
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### Different psychophysiological systems will turn on when dealing with things voluntary instead of involuntary

I heard somewhere that different psychophysiological systems will turn on when dealing with things voluntary instead of involuntary. If you compose a stressor on two groups of people. On one group ...
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### Where to find STORIES about successes with Attachment Disorders

I'm reading about Emotion Focused Therapy and Attachment Disorders. Often this is so analytical it's hard to apply it to the "real world". It occurs to me that reading stories about real ...
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### Why studying is difficult than playing games and watching movies, social media etc?

I am aware of dopamine and I often watch videos related to this. My question is why studying is difficult but watching social media and movies seem easy. if it is about novelty that "When we ...
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### How do you analyze temporal order judgments in the traditional way?

I'm looking at analyzing the just noticeable differences (JNDs) in temporal order judgment (TOJ) studies. A modern way to do this is with a multilevel model. And, I am going to do that. But I also ...
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### What underlying psychological mechanisms could cause a person or a group to experience the bandwagon effect?

People in a target audience are likely to experience the bandwagon effect [1] because they rely on others' assessment of information. Overall, taking advantage of the bandwagon effect can be ...
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### Do different ethnic groups have the same standard deviation of the IQ distribution?

There is a lot of research suggesting that different ethnic groups either within US or worldwide if all plotted together would have distributions of IQ with different averages. The reasons for that ...
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### Can a brain outgrow its skull, or have other notable phsyiological effects from increased size or mass?

You may be aware of a famous story which found that Taxi Drivers as well as Super Mario 64 (3D adventure game) players showed a an increase in grey matter located in their hippocampus. https://www....
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### Can stress situations force people to smile?

I've seen many times in my life how people occasionally smile when trying to remain calm under huge stress regarding natural disasters, deaths, big losses, etc. It happened to me also. Everything I ...