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If babies were isolated, would they develop their own language?

This question would require an experiment that cannot ethically be conducted, but it is interesting. Wikipedia has an article on historical attempts at language deprivation experiments: An ...
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Do women have fetishes?

For a non-clinical sample in a study on paraphilic sexual interests, Dawson et al. (2016) report that Fisher’s exact test of proportions revealed that a significantly greater proportion of men ...
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how can the development of sexual preferences be influenced?

A bit of background on me: I’m a clinical psychologist and have worked with many sexual disorders, ranging from paedophile, to gender identity disorder. I am however no expert in any of these, so my ...
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What are the effects of hebephilia on victims?

I thought I would edit to add a bit of information. First of all for those who don't know, (I didn't until I looked it up when I saw this question for the first time), the term hebephilia has been ...
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If babies were isolated, would they develop their own language?

While no cases of complete isolation of a group of children seem to exist, idioglossia (language invented and spoken by only one person or very few people) in twins is well documented and appears to ...
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What happens to someone missing teenage years of development?

Whilst typing this answer, I upvoted this question as it points to very interesting theories of drive, motivation, and personal development. Short Answer If you take on board the theories surrounding ...
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Father hunger syndrome

This is a large subject area, but I will outline a strong starting point for you to do more research where needed. James M. Herzog's (1980) term Father Hunger, sometimes referred to as a syndrome, ...
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Does creativity decrease when invested in multiple areas?

There are two sources of creativity, the within-domain analogies and the between-domain analogies. Within-domain analogies are less original but more easy to apply and use. Between-domain analogies ...
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Psychological effects of being recorded as genderless at birth

This is an interesting question and with the baby and his/her gender status, CNN reported that the baby was born in British Columbia, "outside the medical system," and did not undergo a genital ...
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What is the optimal way to run the Piaget Conservation of Number Task?

Particular attention should be given to the theoretical framework (Piaget's Theory and constructivist perspective), hypotheses to contrast (levels), information gathering and common difficulties. "...
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Does James Holmes diagnosis of schizotypal personality disorder indicate a predisposition for mass murder?

So the question is does schizotypal personality disorder explain lifelong homicidal ideation / obsession, or predisposition to same? Schizotypal personality disorder does include paranoid ideation ...
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Can an autistic person have very advance language skills?

They may be referring to hyperlexia (rather than hyperverbal ability): Hyperlexic children are characterized by word-reading ability well above what would be expected given their age. ... Some ...
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How do young children (toddlers) experience social pressure, such as apparent "embarrassment"?

Yes, toddlers do already feel embarrassment, and it appears that this feeling starts during the second year of life, following the development of self-awareness. In the past, it has for instance been ...
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What if people understand or interpret words differently in their mind?

Quite certainly this is the case (even if you learn all words from a dictionary), but this is more of a philosophical debate. It is unclear what you are after when referring to 'pessimistic', '...
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How does parental expectation lead a child from adaptive perfectionism to rebelliousness?

Childhood/adolescent rebelliousness could be explained by psychological reactance theory (Brehm, 1966) and self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci, 2000). Psychological reactance theory, Brehm ...
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Which research article showed that East Asian parents used verbs more to their infants and toddlers?

Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course By Elizabeth D. Hutchison Chapter Language skills Hoff, E. (2006). How social contexts support and shape language development. Developmental ...
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What are "daddy issues"?

"Daddy issues" is not a well-defined term, however, the extrapolation of attachment style theory answers to this question somewhat. Relationship outcomes of different attachment styles (this is not ...
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What's the psychological reason for the fascination with gossiping or scandalous life?

Only evolutionary psychology seems to have something to say about the "why" here. And (somewhat predictably) the hypothesis advanced has something to do with social information in ever ...
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Death caused by "Failure to Thrive" (FTT)

The reason for failure to thrive other than insufficient nutrition, can be suppressed growth hormone secretion due to emotional neglect. In the following example, both the emotional neglect and ...
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How is psychohistory theory of deMause viewed in academia?

On the subject of criticism and how psychohistory is viewed by academicians, you stated that The wiki is rather silent on such discussions. Yet, the Wikipedia article outlines the criticism with ...
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Why does an infant experience shame as shyness when some unknown face looks at him/her?

When looking at the whole idea you pointed out, it sounded preposterous. How would a 6 month old infant have any concept of shame? As @BryanKrause pointed out in the comments, there are a lot of self-...
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What are "daddy issues"?

Here's a thesis on the effects of "daddy issues" on women's later relationships. Its content and its citations may be enough to satisfy your interest. Jackson, L. M. (2010). Where's my daddy: ...
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How does parental expectation lead a child from adaptive perfectionism to rebelliousness?

Balswick & Macrides (1975) found adolescent rebellion to be the product of the specific home environment. Among other factors, they found that a patriarchal and restrictive home often led to ...
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What if people understand or interpret words differently in their mind?

Much of what we perceive cannot be expressed by language. It's unspeakable. As a consequence, differences in interpretation are very common, especially when it involves complex abstract concepts or ...
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Have any drugs been shown to increase the neuroplasticity of adult brains?

I read recently in the book "meet your happy chemicals" that the hormones of puberty are neurochemicals that cause your neurons to connect and myelinate more easily. I will presume that you'...
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What effect do random visitors have on children in orphanages and people in old age homes?

Nav has already provided a fantastic answer, but I wanted to add a short bit more (primarily to highlight this fantastic post on the subject, not by me) addressing some of the questions in your post (...
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What is the study that identified that kids growing up without fathers were angrier and more depressed?

A report in the Daily Mail in 2013 had the headline: Growing up without a father can permanently alter the BRAIN: Fatherless children are more likely to grow up angry and turn to drugs Dr ...
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How to statistically test whether parents and children share similar humor styles?

Assuming the data are dyadic (i.e., one child per parent), you would probably focus on correlating child scores with parent scores. Hopefully, you have a sense of how the child and parent scales ...
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Is there any research on what causes a pseudo-scientific mindset?

I'm alas not aware of systematic studies on cause of the pseudo-scientific mindset... But knowing some people who are inclined to that as well as believing some conspiracy theories... I suspect these ...
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