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How can we scientifically measure love?

One way to measure love is to look at behaviors that people engage in to express love. Chapman (1995) theorized that there were five broad classes of behaviors that people would engage in to express ...
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What tools are available for EEG analysis on the R platform?

Antoine Tremblay has just released an advanced analysis toolbox: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/psyp.12299/abstract It's missing about half the features on your list, although ...
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What is the most comprehensive system of describing human emotions or states of mind?

There a are globally two perspectives the discrete perspective uses a categorization system. There are many different systems, with more or less core emotions and sub-emotions. As the one shown in ...
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What is the relation between measures, constructs and concepts?

In speaking to constructs vs. measures, I believe that the difference is clear and implied in your background: constructs are that which cannot be directly measured (but we assume exists), where ...
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What does fMRI measure exactly

As a slight modification of your statement: blood flow increases wherever activity in the brain increases. The type of fMRI that uses this principle is blood-oxygenation-level-dependent fMRI or ...
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How can we scientifically measure love?

To add some general theoretical background... Answering this is very complicated because the answer depends on how you define emotions, whether you see emotions as latent or emergent, whether you ...
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What is the relation between measures, constructs and concepts?

Apologies in advance for the long answer. I tried to narrow down the scope by focusing on only a single construct, and only a single aspect of validity, and it still turned out like an essay... Let'...
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Is there any standardized test / questionnaire to measure frustration?

Frustration is measured in various ways. In psychology, frustration is seen as occurring when an anticipated reward or outcome is blocked (Berkowitz, 1989). The block can be either internal (the ...
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How can we scientifically measure love?

This BBC documentary reviews a number of methods for measuring love that have enjoyed some success. To summarize: Dr. Angela Rowe of the University of Bristol presents subjects with unfavourably ...
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A measure of creativity from mind maps

You are not far off from one of the classic tests of creativity! The Torrance Test of Creative Thinking scores for fluency (number of responses) as well as originality (statistical rarity of ...
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How do cognitive scientists measure creativity?

The Torrance Test of Creative Thinking is a good place to start. It scores for fluency (number of responses) as well as originality (statistical rarity of responses) and elaboration (level of detail) ...
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Is a low Emotional Intelligence (EQ) pathological?

Shortly , a low EQ is not a sufficient condition to diagnose a mental psychiatric disorder. This is the DSM-V Proposal for the Definition of Mental/Psychiatric Disorder All these features have to be ...
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How to calculate IQ from bhatia battery test?

I hadn't heard of the Bhatia measure before. A little research (see page 42 of Sharma and Sharma) explains that it is a performance based measure of ability for children in India. In general, you ...
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Problems with using personal feedback to motivate participation in an online psychological experiment?

Ethics of Feedback: The APA's code of ethics (2010) as well as the Advisory Group on Conducting Research on the Internet (AGCRI) report (2004) summarize ethical issues related to conducting offline ...
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Are Rorschach (inkblot) tests still used as a diagnostic tool?

Yes, they are still in use, and they provide rather bad information. My former advisor once worked with a clinician who told him that the main reason they're any better than using the weather report ...
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How valid are reaction times collected from online studies?

There are a few factors that could contribute to differences between online versus in-lab reaction time measurement. Hardware variation Participants in an online experiment will use their own ...
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Questionnaire regarding the motivation to be physically active

David Markland's website has several related questionnaires and scales that are available for research use. The Behavioural Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire seems like a good fit: The Behavioural ...
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Is there a theoretical maximum for IQ?

There are a few ways that you could answer this question. First, IQ is defined with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15. But this is a normative score and relative to a given target ...
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Freeware for measuring keystroke duration

Psychopy (http://psychopy.org) can do this. It can do it in two ways. Using iohub. Iohub is a crazy powerful way to get any information about any kind of input to your system, from keyboard, mouse, ...
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Is there a test that measures gender dysphoria?

Short answer Yes. Background A cursory Google Scholar search with the key terms Gender Dysphoria Questionnaire brought up The Gender Identity/Gender Dysphoria Questionnaire for Adolescents and ...
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How do psychologists ensure they are measuring innate intelligence and not just education?

Short answer Any intelligence test will be designed for a certain target population. That target population's score is set at an index of 100 for the standard IQ test. The same test applied to people ...
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Getting started with EEG data

If you are considering an alternative to matlab that is free I would recommend octave. If you are on linux you might consider the whole neurodebian. In terms of book I did not find Steve Luck's book ...
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Is there a correlation between high IQ and creativity?

Although the idea that IQ only enables creativity "up to IQ 120" is widespread (and repeated in pop-psych books such as those of Gladwell etc.), large scale studies of giftedness reliably find that ...
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Can the neuronal firing rate be increased through medication/diet?

You've received a few great comments from our neuroscience-savvy users that indicate ways in which this question can be construed as particularly challenging or maybe even unanswerable. However, I ...
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does getting top marks and ranks in school or college make one intelligent?

I think you have three core questions: What is true intelligence and how can it be measured? To what extent does school performance correlate with true intelligence? To what extent does school ...
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What are the pros and cons of the hot sauce paradigm to measure aggression?

The hot sauce paradigm was reviewed as part of a paper discussing laboratory measures of aggression. They argued that the hot sauce paradigm's main advantages are that it is very economical, easily ...
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