9 votes

Is it possible that people perceive time differently than others do?

Short Answer Yes. People estimate time differently, by focusing their attention on time in more or lesser degree. Also within a person, time estimation may vary due to stochastic variations. Long ...
user avatar
9 votes

What is the name of the bias that associate a thing as good because it has a relation to another good thing?

It's called the Halo Effect: The halo effect is a ... cognitive bias, where a person making an initial assessment of another person, place, or thing will assume ambiguous information based upon ...
user avatar
8 votes

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 ...
user avatar
  • 2,903
7 votes

Why is Wernike's area of the brain called Wernike's area?

As often the case, named after the person who first described it. From Encyclopedia Britannica: Wernicke area, region of the brain that contains motor neurons involved in the comprehension of ...
user avatar
  • 3,471
7 votes
Accepted

Are there any movies or series involving someone with ADHD?

The problem with ADHD is that it doesn't really have its own trademark indicator, the way that schizophrenia or Asperger's might. There are several different subtypes of ADHD, and they tend to look ...
user avatar
7 votes

What is Psychoanalysis

About Psychoanalysis: From the American Psychoanalytic Association: About Psychoanalysis Psychoanalysis is a method of treatment that helps people understand themselves, their relationships, ...
user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

Dynamical systems theory as a metaphor in psychology: is it useful or not?

Like all models and modeling frameworks, the utility of the approach is often tied to how much it increases our understanding of the phenomena of interest. As summarized nicely by Smith & Thelen (...
user avatar
7 votes

Can I use data taken in a 5-point Likert Scale, and convert it as if it were taken as a 4-point Likert?

In general, from my extensive experience, using a four or a five point response scale is not going to change much the psychometric properties of a typical psychological self-report scale (e.g., ...
user avatar
7 votes

Are psychologists more immune to psychological problems?

Barriers to Psychologists Seeking Mental Health Care by Jennifer L. Bearse, Mark R. McMinn, Winston Seegobin, and Kurt Free of George Fox University asks a similar question. Professional ...
user avatar
  • 11.1k
7 votes

Are thoughts transferred along with a brain during a brain transplantation?

Short answer Human brain transplants have never been performed, so any answers to what will happen are mere speculations. Background Whole-head transplants have been performed on animals, the first ...
user avatar
  • 19.6k
7 votes
Accepted

Popular science books introducing therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs

Yes, the psychedelic Renaissance/ third wave (as I've heard it being called) is steadily gaining momentum. I almost feel like mentioning How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan here is too obvious, ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Why do people have different personalities when speaking different languages?

That is a really interesting question. There are some studies that found that the emotional response is strong in one's native language compared to languages that are acquired later. For instance, a ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

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 ...
user avatar
  • 11.1k
6 votes
Accepted

Why do some people refuse to wear their seat belt while being aware of the risks?

I think this is a rather difficult question to answer. Psychology Today sums up some interesting reasons why people totally aware of the risks involved in not wearing a seat belt (or in smoking ...
user avatar
  • 19.6k
6 votes
Accepted

Would you classify confusion as an emotion?

Cambridge Dictionary defines confusion as "a situation in which people do not understand what is happening, what they should do or who someone or something is." This means that confusion occurs in one'...
user avatar
  • 424
5 votes

What are some examples of controversial themes in psychology?

Short answer: Representations are a noteworthy controversy in embodied or situated psychological theories. Can we explain behavior without reference to representations? Long answer: Most modern ...
user avatar
5 votes

Why do people have different personalities when speaking different languages?

Both of my parents and I are multilingual. We come from Czech Republic and have learned multiple languages through our lives as we moved around. I have noticed, even within myself that I "feel" ...
user avatar
5 votes

Can cognitive science improve psychology?

Answering this question is very difficult without first agreeing what "cognitive science" is (a problem for this very site!). Unlike another answer here, to me, cognitive science is not necessarily ...
user avatar
  • 1,083
5 votes

Do the results of psychological studies change our behaviour?

I do have to note this question is broad and opinion based, according to the stack conventions. Nonetheless, I think it's an important question, given that scientific publications may alter the ...
user avatar
  • 19.6k
5 votes
Accepted

Recent Peer Review Studies on How Many Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder

While not a peer-reviewed study per se, but the DSM-5 says that the prevalence of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the population is 6.2%, or approximately one out of sixteen members of the ...
user avatar
  • 287
4 votes

What are some examples of controversial themes in psychology?

Just to help, here's an illustration of the sort of answer I'm looking for, though personally I'd be happy with any suggestions, even if less detailed than the first below. Long answer: On one hand, ...
user avatar
  • 196
4 votes

Dynamical systems theory as a metaphor in psychology: is it useful or not?

Dynamical systems models is commonly used in the domain of perception and action. See Warren, 2006 for a comprehensive review. This work uses the mathematical formalism of dynamics and not just the ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

What can clinical psychologists do that psychiatrists can't do?

Short answer is that psychiatrists are medical doctors and (more often than not) medical researchers, and thus psychiatrists themselves often do not practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists ...
user avatar
4 votes

How many diagnosable mental disorders are included in the DSM?

I have not come up with a definitive answer myself as there is a wide range of figures online. Michael Noll-Hussong states on ResearchGate The total number of specific diagnoses was reduced from ...
user avatar
  • 11.1k
4 votes
Accepted

Why do pupils dilate in response to emotional state?

The dilation of the pupil is under control of the sympathetic nervous system. The main role of the sympathetic nervous system is to get the body ready for fast response. The typical example is the '...
user avatar
4 votes

Why do pupils dilate in response to emotional state?

Pupil dilation is a reflection of sympathetic arousal, and it seems to be related specifically to prediction error (Braem et al., 2015; Lavin et al., 2013; Preuschoff et al., 2011) and consequently ...
user avatar
  • 4,256
4 votes

What's the psychological issue name of fear of people?

The general symptoms (NOT the background scenario) may point to a psychological disorter called social phobia : Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder ...
user avatar
4 votes

Name of the psychological phenomenon of doing something just because you've already started doing it?

Although Cognitive Inertia (as mentioned by hexadecimal) is a nice, broad way to point to the phenomenon, people have also studied it from other points of view. Two of them are from economic and ...
user avatar
  • 179
4 votes

Relationship and differences between psychosomatic, somatoform and idiopathic disorders

This is purely all about terminology. Somatic means of the body; bodily; physical. whereas the psycho part of psychosomatic refers to the fact that the somatic problem (symptom or disorder) is ...
user avatar
  • 11.1k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible