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What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?
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Perhaps people are attracted to these theories in part because of the inability for mainstream science to answer anomalies. The occasion of governmental lying, hiding of technology, and ...

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Introductory material on psychophysics with a focus on visual stimuli
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Research articles by Igor Dolgov (NMSU) and Mike McBeath (ASU) are good research-grade articles on this topic. They are both active scientists with well-referenced papers. I chose to work around ...

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Is there a term for a person who moves from one field of expertise to a new field and has an inflated belief in their competence in the new field?
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I think the most common verbage would be Poseur Though often used in subcultural contexts, 'posuer / poser' means someone who affects an attitude or position — which is very much the case when ...

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Gaining and maintaining viewer sympathy for an anti-social protagonist
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In a world where the Wealthy [are perceived to] abuse the Poor and Middle class, it is easy to subconsciously maintain sympathy for a 'honest' (passion to teach kids) and 'intelligent' (chem. teacher) ...

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Why do people talk fast in presentations when nervous?
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When speaker lacks confidence about the full-scope of what they present, they stuff in as much as can be spoken to ensure they've covered any 'possible loose ends'. Lack-of-Confidence ensures the ...

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Why do people laugh in serious situations?
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I have long suspected that laughter has a dual-purpose as a defense mechanism, when the "serious" situation is an embodied assailant. I think it laughter is counter to the nature of an assault, which ...

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What human limitations are there to object tracking and recognition?
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I think you will want to look into ecological psychological models for perception. Some cornerstones include 'the gorila study' show inattentional blindness Others are among the many sub-phenomenon ...

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How has geometry been applied in cognitive science?
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Though not a direct bridge between Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Semasiographic communication systems are a ripe territory for the studio of Mereology. Off-hand, consider: Dewalque, A. Brentano ...

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Why do we rely on others in dangerous situations?
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There are many harding / flocking dynamics that reinforce this behavior: in birds, fish, cattle, and more. These dynamics reinforce safety. Seeing animal precedent may influence human decisions. ...

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Why does munching sound unpleasant to most people?
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I have speculated that it arises from two cognitive biases — but pardon that I will present my conjecture without citations. (This isn't my focal area) our bias for music shows we dis-prefer ...

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