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Has anyone formally tested Josh Pellicer's theory on human sexual behavior?

Bottom line: No, Josh Pellicer's work is not based on science, not tested, nor peer-reviewed. However, I will qualify this statement slightly below. Many years ago, I listened to a few episodes of ...
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Can a brain be modeled as a simplified interaction of different states and their triggers?

My answer is probably a weird hodgepodge of sometimes poorly explained stuff, but hopefully it's coherent enough :P For many decades in psychology, we've had a mechanistic stimulus-organism-response ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings? (see videos for illustrative examples)

The exhibited behaviours are episodic glossolalia, collapsing, fainting, trembling, jerking, convulsing, contorting, and shaking. The individuals performing these episodic behaviours report ...
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Term for behaviour of transfering personal problems to other people and trying to solve them there?

There are a couple of defence mechanisms that may fit the bill. Keep in mind that these defence mechanisms typically involve an unconscious denial of the problem - ie, they apply to people who don't ...
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What are the real motives of people helping to each other?

TLDR While I have provided a full answer explaining Karpman's Drama Triangle, you can skip that and go to the last heading (Your question). Basis of my answer If you are approaching this question as a ...
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What psychological disorders have frequent and rapid anger outbursts?

Most of your list fits for symptoms of lack of will to cooperate. Lack of will to cooperate is likely triggered by lack of sympathy, which again may be triggered by lack of trust. I say 'may' because ...
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What is the mechanism behind recurring or looping thoughts?

I think what you're talking about is worry and/or rumination, both of which describe a perseverative and repetitive thinking style (e.g., Watkins, 2008). Worry is future-oriented whereas rumination ...
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Name for problems with a short-term pay off but small long term cost?

I agree with @Fizz that there is probably no specific name for the type of problem in question, but the behaviour involved is referred to as self-control, or more loosely, willpower. Thus, the type ...
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What is the difference between a bias and a heuristic explained in layman terms?

A heuristic is an approach to problem solving, a bias is a prejudice; so in what way do these terms confuse you? I respectfully disagree. I have noticed that the term bias and heuristic are used ...
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Are any kinds of behavior proved to correlate with testosterone levels?

"There was a significantly higher level of plasma testosterone in the aggressive group as compared with the nonaggressive group or with the other two groups combined. The socially dominant group ...
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How can I recognize if a person is good subject for hypnosis?

Despite quite of lot of research looking for personality correlates of hypnotisability no very clear links have been found. There is evidence of weak associations between hypnotisability and ...
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Is an avoidance of incest/inbreeding learned or instinctive?

This is not my field, but I gave it a quick search. This article seems to speak directly to this question, summarizing and comparing multiple theories to each other. In light of these theories, the ...
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Is talking to oneself loudly a very common sign of schizophrenia?

Before I answer this question, I would like to point out that at the bottom of Schizophrenia.com is a disclaimer, and part of it says No health information on Schizophrenia.com, including ...
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How does one escape learned helplessness?

History Martin E. P. Seligman, has written extensively on the nature, etiology, and significance of learned helplessness, and in 1975, he broadened the scope of learned helplessness from animal ...
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What hormones stimulate non-sexual intimate behaviour?

But I'm wondering if any of these hormones are linked with physically intimate non-sexual behaviour, like hugs, kisses and cuddles. Kissing is a little messy because it could be characterised as ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings? (see videos for illustrative examples)

As the OP notes, this has been a difficult topic for Skeptics.SE. I'm going to try to answer here, but over on Skeptics this would probably be labelled as "Original Research". The problem ...
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What's the behaviour of downplaying the importance of something you wanted but didn't get called?

In general, rationalization is: ... a defense mechanism in which controversial behaviors or feelings are justified and explained in a seemingly rational or logical manner to avoid the true ...
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Term for behaviour of transfering personal problems to other people and trying to solve them there?

You might be looking at cases of psychological projection, which is a method of denial in which people defend themselves from their own negative impulses by attributing them to others. In accordance ...
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Do we all look at pictures from left to right?

When reading you are performing a trained or learned skill, so if your instruction taught you to follow certain order that's what you do. There is a transfer of this behavior ( or any other learnt one ...
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What is this stratagem called when someone talks to you like you're a slow-witted kid?

There are a few terms which can be used for this. The answer from @AlwaysConfused could describe the situation if you are actually talking to them like a child as stipulated in the title, but ...
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Can a brain be modeled as a simplified interaction of different states and their triggers?

I agree with the previous answer/comments that seeking a simplified abstract model of the brain when it is so complex is probably asking too much. We would need to know a lot more about the "states" ...
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Name for problems with a short-term pay off but small long term cost?

I don't think there is quite an established term for it; I found several: "difficulty of envisioning long-term consequences" will turn up occasionally in discussing behavior such as smoking "reward ...
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Do we know a priori any rules about the world?

This is a pretty popular research topic! One good place to start might be with the work of Spelke, she's all over this. Try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNq_a_wgdgQ If you prefer written ...
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Nature vs. nurture in irritability?

You will have to investigate quite a few factors: There must be a genetic/epigenetic factors to this because we know that personality trait neuroticism has genetic and environmental factors. You ...
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Why some papers suggest that losses and gains are coded by the same mechanism while other suggest that distinct circuits anticipate gain and loss?

Because we still don't know exactly how the brain works. That's why we do research. If these authors knew the answer ahead of time, neither of them would have done the study. These are research ...
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Psychological explanation for exorcisms?

Google Scholar reveals a substantial quantity of learned research on the topic of exorcisms, of which the items below are but a few: Ferracuti, S., & Sacco, R. (1996). Dissociative trance ...
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Are inhibitory synapses the cause of not doing something?

Inhibitory synapses allows one brain region to suppress activity in another. Since the car is in motion per the laws of motion and momentum, it would be incorrect to say that suppressing one brain ...
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Does suppressing a desire make it more powerful?

First of all, your question title asks about suppression and your question in the main text asks what empirical evidence exists to support the notion that repressed desires will make them stronger? ...
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What is different between children and adults that cause children to forgive so quickly?

The short answer, kids live in the now. They tend to forget everything quickly. A child can be crying about their milk being spilled one moment, and playing the next. They don't think as much about ...
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