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Is it true that acting can affect one's behavior?

This is true. Mot et al. (1994) published scientific research about it. Also there are a lot of actors that claim they feel that their personality has changed since they played a role. Also a ...
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Is post-traumatic stress disorder preventable?

Beta blockers (β1-Blockers) lower norepinephrine release (Berg, 2014), however it seems that the jury is still out on whether there is an effective and ethical way to prevent Post-Traumatic Stress ...
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Is there a mental condition that makes people unconditionally gullible?

Some neurodegenerative diseases cause extreme gullibility, in particular Alzheimer Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the scientists were able to determine which parts of the brain govern a ...
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Is there a mental condition that makes people unconditionally gullible?

Worldbuilding may have beaten you to this: https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/99881/15591 Williams Syndrome is not, strictly-speaking a purely mental condition. It is "caused by a genetic ...
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Is Jordan Peterson correct when he states that "as societies become more egalitarian, personality differences across genders maximize"?

Searching the first three pages of "personality gender egalitarianism" on Google Scholar, I found five studies on this topic. All of them support the view finding of increased gender ...
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Is there any good evidence that sadness causes chest pain ("heart ache")?

There is a fairly recently recognized medical condition called stress-induced cardiomyopathy, associated with chest pain and physical damage to the left ventricle: Because this weakening can be ...
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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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What does "dimensionality of power distance" mean?

Hofstede has developed a cultural dimensions theory to compare countries, which uses factor analysis to assign values across 6 dimensions of culture. These dimensions are: Power Distance Index ...
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What is the motivation model behind StackExchange?

The short answer is that anyone who gives you a short answer should be treated with suspicion. ;-p The StackExchange was founded in 2008, and has seen a lot of changes since that time. That has ...
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Body Language: Why do we give each other the grumpy/frowning fake smile?

Since this (excellent) question has been around for a while without any answer, I thought I'd give my two cents. I think we do this as a gesture of respect to the other person. We may fear that if ...
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On what basis do professionals who recognize gender dysphoria support risky and permanent medical intervention for those seeking gender re-assignment?

TL;DR: Multiple approaches have been tried over many years. Current medical evidence strongly supports an "affirming approach" to alleviate gender dysphoria. "Corrective approaches" are considered ...
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Emotional energy exchange between bodies?

I would not consider David Hawkins to be a credible source. His PhD was from a degree mill that was shut down by court order. He has been flagged by the Cult Education Institute and Quackwatch. ...
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Does denying climate change work similar to believing the earth is flat?

There is serious work on this, despite it being a political minefield. You're probably looking for Lewandowsky, et al. (2015). If you want to get some distance from the issues of the day (and ...
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What are the meanings of the word 'gender'?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics the following is stated: Sex is a biological construct, what is real: Attributes that characterize biological maleness and femaleness including: ...
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Is the brain inherently social?

The "social brain" concept likely originated with Robin Dunbar's Social Brain Hypothesis, proposed in 1998. However, Dunbar was not suggesting that the brain has dedicated "social modules". Rather, ...
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Denial of evidence and reason

Confirmation bias: Confirmation bias, also called confirmatory bias or myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one's beliefs ...
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Do ALL decisions arouse cognitive dissonance?

Short answer: This is mostly a question about statistical significance. Cognitive dissonance theory encompasses several different research paradigms. I believe this question is about the "free-...
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How do you call a study in which subjects were deceived about the real purpose?

The relevant section 8.03 in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct does not employ a proper term. In the literature, »deception/deceptive study/experiment/method(s)« are ...
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Why are people insecure?

Short answer Hypothesis (1) Background The question is quite broad, as exemplified by the statement: They may be insecure about their looks, their (odd) behavior, or may question whether they belong ...
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What is the effect called whereby people don't offer help when in a crowd because they assume someone else will help?

It's called the bystander effect: The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a ...
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Is there research to prove that humans achieve more when challenging ourselves or when we challenge others?

Generally, being observed raises performance on simple tasks and can hinder performance on complex tasks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_facilitation For trivia, notice that the experiment ...
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People who climb the social hierarchy

I think you want the term Life Course Social Mobility. Try searching for it and the outcomes of interest, e.g., life expectancy: Climbing the social mobility ladder: where does health fit in? on "The ...
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Why are we so possessive of our significant others?

The big hot potato here is the evolutionary hypothesis that men are more sexually jealous whereas women are more emotionally jealous. Contrast Harris (2003) totally dissing it (but also giving a nice ...
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What tools exist to measure work meaningfulness?

There are a bunch of them! For a great review of many definitions and measures of meaningfulness, see if you can get a copy of A Narrative Evidence Synthesis of Meaningful Work: Progress and Research ...
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Is there a neutral term for people who tend to avoid face-to-face or video/audio communication?

I agree with @AlwaysConfused that this sounds very like someone with Asperger's. However, if you want a more "neutral" term, would Introvert help? Such a person - an ...
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Wisdom of crowds vs group polarization

Great question. Wisdom of crowds happens when participants are motivated to find a "correct" answer. The classic example is counting jelly beans in a jar - where the average of guesses ...
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Is the Myer Briggs Type indicator (MBTI) a reasonable scientific theory?

Absolutely not. And, unlike claimed in other answers, it's about as based on Carl Jung as me whistling out of tune would be "work based on Mozart." The MBTI was "developed" by a "psychic medium" who ...
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How important is eye contact for attraction between a man and woman?

While eye contact is certainly important in social interaction I think you should beware pseudoscientific dating advice based on manufacturing "attraction" between men and women. Since this site is ...
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When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group

I suspect the claims were distorted versions of what was found in the study below. It supports a weaker form of the above claims: the idea that a person would often look at someone they are socially ...
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Denial of evidence and reason

According to the Wikipedia's page on Cognitive Dissonance : In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory ...
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