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Does the Milgram experiment produce different results for people who believe the final voltage is deadly?
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The Milgram experiment is makes people think the voltage is dangerous, due to the labelling and acting by the confederate 'learner', who eventually goes silent signifying unconsciousness in the least, ...

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Is using tensorflow for Spiking neural networks a "good" idea?
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One of the key issues with spiking neural networks is that while SNN are computationally more powerful than the so called 2nd generation neural networks (artificial neural networks), they are also ...

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Measuring serotonin in the brain with a sample of spinal fluid
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It is entirely possible to sample serotonin levels from cerebral spinal fluid (CFS) taken via a lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, to the spinal column from the central nervous system (CNS). ...

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Where can I study cognitive science - long distance program?
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There are a huge array of options here depending on the sophistication of the course you are looking for. I would suggest for a free option starting with MIT, they provide a large range of modules ...

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What, if any, objective tests were designed for the assessment of altruism?
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The following scale; The altruistic personality and the self-report altruism scale, a commonly used measure of altruistic tendency in psychological research. It has 745 citations at this time November ...

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Measuring emotion
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You can simply use a questionnaire based measurement scale. I recommend the PANAS scale by Watson, Clark, and Tellegen (1988), which has extensive support in literature. It is a twenty-item ...

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Difference between reverse inference and decoding (e.g. MVPA) in fMRI
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Note. I initially scan read the question, I have rewritten my answer as a consequence, and due to the comments given. As highlighted by others here Multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) is an ...

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Does gender as a factor always make my experiment quasi-experimental?
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If your experiment is preselecting and assigning participants non-randomly, such as using sex as the main factor to partition participant groups and responses, then yes it is quasi-experimental design....

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What is "Attention" in terms of brain activity?
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Firstly its important to note that attention basically the outcome of automatic processes, although attention may easily be directed by conscious choices. As a previous poster mentioned the ...

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Is working memory equivalent to fluid intelligence?
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I would not go as far as saying that working memory (WM) is equal to g factor (gf). WM only accounts for 38% of variation in gf performance whether is no time pressure, this is not insignificant but ...

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What's the prevalence of interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavior in the treatment of depression?
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The mental health foundation (MHF) UK do some good work here, collecting data about prevalence of mental health problems and engagement with therapy. I have linked to a 2015 report which summarises a ...

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Where can I get data on lie detection and brain activity?
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Simple answer. Yes, each researcher keeps data they use for research for at least 5 years, but their is no central database. You will need to request access to that data from the authors of any ...

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What is the information storage capacity of the human brain?
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Disclaimer: Quantifying the capacity of the human brain is quiet complex as you might imagine. And although in cognitive neuroscience we often compare the brain to computers this is not an exact ...

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Why is it easier to see black text on a white background?
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The short answer is that it is not necessarily easier to read black on white. Contrast is more important in lightness and colour, it just so happens that black and white is the highest contrast. So ...

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Is the Resting Potential and Action Potential Thresholds the same across all neurons in a network?
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In short no. The speed at which and Action Potential (AP) occurs, resting membrane potential, and threshold to AP all vary across types of neutron. See the graph below (Bean, 2007) The reasons for ...

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Why do people hide wealth?
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Quiet simply: loss aversion People are adverse to loss, the majority of people who are wealthy pay into a system they get little direct benefit from, in comparison to poorer people who tend to get ...

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Can SSRI make things worse in the long term or cause delayed depression?
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Contrary to another post here, in my opinion and also that of an increasing majority of researchers studying this field, SSRIs and the so called 'antidepressant' drugs cause great harm. Firstly here ...

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A question on synapses
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According to this research paper by Lockary and Goodman, the resting membrane potential of C.Elegans is two fold because its a stepped resting potential of -70mV and -35mV. After an initial activation ...

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What is the easiest way to memorize big amounts of information (a.k.a. learning for exams)?
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If you want to learn something then investigating how the brain encodes memory, and looking at methods of enhancing these tasks is the way to go. Pop psychology books do the field little credit and ...

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Can hate to same gender parent cause homosexualism?
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Gender is not, despite what others might say, a social construct, and neither is sexuality, just google David Rimmer to see what happens when researchers have messed with these. While we don't ...

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How useful are neural circuits in psychology?
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Contrary to one of the other answers, I will have to respectfully disagree. Neural circuity is both the pinnacle and future of cognitive neuroscience. We already know the large areas of the brain are ...

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Why are autistic people more likely to be savants than nonautistic people?
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Disclaimer, this is less of an answer and more of a critique of the demographics behind Savant Syndrome. Currently there are very few issues with finding a decent answer to this question: This 10% ...

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Does smoking counterbalance the effect of Belladonna?
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Disclaimer: I do not work with receptor bindings very often. First point binding sites... Both Atropine and Nicotine bind to Cholinergic receptors. However receptor binding is not competitive as the ...

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Neurophysiological indications of focus and motivation
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Focus and motives are very different cognitive processes. Essentially focus would be attention, while motivation is a complex neurocognitive process, such as hunger or thirst, which drives attentional ...

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