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Are brain waves electromagnetic waves?

Short answer Brain waves are not electromagnetic waves. Long answer Measured brain activity, as you already mentioned, is the result of individual neurons firing. The activity exists, in fact, of two ...
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What is the difference between biological and artificial neural networks?

I'm studying computer science at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) specializing in Machine Learning and a minor in Mathematics. I am not a biologist. An artificial neural network is ...
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Are brain waves electromagnetic waves?

Short answer Brainwaves are typically associated with the electroencephalogram, which is a signal mainly composed of potential differences generated in the superficial layers of the brain. Potential ...
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What is the difference between Avolition and Laziness?

Robin Kramer gave a good starting point in his comment. As he said, the difference between laziness and avolition primarily come from the causes of each behavior. Laziness is common among ...
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Are brain waves electromagnetic waves?

If "brain waves" produce a time-varying electric potential as shown on the EEG, then as far as I know electromagnetic waves are present. I was taught that you cannot have a time varying electric ...
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What is the difference between affect and feeling?

According to constructionists (e.g., Russell & Barrett, 1999), affect (or "core affect") is a composite of valence and arousal, which underlies all emotional experience. So when I feel good and ...
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Term for when the more you invest yourself in something, the less you agree to drop it

Not certain this is what you are thinking about, but this sounds a lot like the idea of "sunk costs", which is a form of loss aversion. Sunk costs means that you tend to overvalue the effort you have ...
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What is the name of the "Things are more visible once you learn about them" phenomenon?

The scenario you describe is sometimes called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. Baader-Meinhof is the phenomenon where one stumbles upon some obscure piece of information—often an unfamiliar word or ...
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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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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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What is the term of having a high perceived confidence while having limited knowledge?

I think you are referring to the Dunning-Kruger Effect. It describes the relationship between experience one has in a particular topic and his/her confidence about being an expert. Dunning and ...
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What is a phobia against babies or kids called?

A rather cursory search brought me to the wikipedia page for fear of children: Pedophobia: [The] fear of children, fear of infants or fear of childhood [..]. This as opposed to a pathological ...
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Is "gaslighting" a mainstream concept in the cognitive sciences?

The wikipedia article you linked to regarding the term Gaslighting has references to clinical and research literature. Dorpat, (1996) talks about the incidences of Gaslighting conducted by therapists....
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Does psychology have a name for emotions that a person can feel but cannot name?

The term used for recognizing emotions is affect labeling (also know as emotions labelling). The act of labelling an emotion requires similar cognitive mechanisms used for labelling a cat or a dog (...
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Is there an audio equivalent of eidetic memory?

I have been doing some research and this is what I found so far. First, the memory of sounds is called echoic memory (Alley Dog; Echoic Memory Definition) and is a form of sensory memory. This means ...
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How to measure the correlation between "spirituality" and the susceptibility to false memories?

Maybe what you are looking for is the field cognitive science of religion: Cognitive science of religion is the study of religious thought and behavior from the perspective of the cognitive and ...
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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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What is the difference between biological and artificial neural networks?

I am an Statistics student at University of Warwick (incoming Stanford University) and I have an interest in explaining machine learning concepts in a non-mathematical/non-technical way. Biological ...
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Voltage sensitive dyes technique: What is the underlying measure?

I found that dF/F0 stands for the relative difference in fluorescence at a certain wavelength.
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Social loafing vs. Free riding

You are correct in that these terms are very close in definition, but terminology is not just about identifying a concept. Terminology is also about identifying the perspective from which you will ...
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What's the term in psychology for the way people think of concepts using examples?

You are talking about Prototype Theory: ... any given concept in any given language has a real world example that best represents this concept. For example: when asked to give an example of the ...
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Term for using hyperbole to make a softer argument seem more palatable?

There are several cognitive biases which describe why people are often more likely to accept a position after being presented with an unreasonable position. Focalism Focalism or anchoring is the ...
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What do you call sensations without stimuli?

Short answer Visual hallucinations and, more specifically, phosphenes are the terms you are probably after. Background I'll basically provide a list of terminologies below, as your question seems to ...
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Name of the bias towards not seeing small harm of many as important?

Yes. This is a special case of the identifiable victim effect: the cognitive bias implicated in the quote, "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." The identifiable victim ...
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What's the technical name for this cognitive bias?

I am not entirely sure about the proper scientific names but I think your issue revolves around buying things because they are cheap; hard to find. The first is a notorious reason to buy stuff; the ...
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What's the technical name for this cognitive bias?

Not sure what you describe is a cognitive bias in itself, but I suspect the scarcity heuristic may be part of the purchaser's rationalization. (See the wikipedia article for academic references.)
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Word for naming your negative self-talk to overcome it

What you are talking about is the powerful technique of Compartmentalisation. As highlighted in the Wikipedia link I provided here, normally speaking (emphasis mine) Compartmentalization is a ...
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What's a simple definition for reactive attachment disorder?

The beginnings of theories based on attachment regarding long and short term interpersonal relationships is Attachment Theory which was started by John Bowlby. Attachment Theory is primarily applied ...
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Experiments demonstrating irreligious people spontaneously developing superstitious rituals?

Short answer In accordance with @ArnonWeinberg's comment, I think superstition is the term you are after. Background Superstition (e.g., Skinner (1948)) is: [A]ny belief or practice that is ...
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