The observation of the actions of any particular life form, which may include contemplation and study of the motives and processes underlying such actions.

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Do crabs possess “crab mentality”?

Is there any verifiable evidence that crabs, in fact, demonstrate "crab mentality"? Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless ...
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Are youths that watch violent X-rated material 6 times more likely to force others sexually?

Internet Safety 101 reports: Youth who look at violent x-rated material are six times more likely to report forcing someone to do something sexual online or in-person versus youth not exposed ...
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Does talking in another language actually change your personality?

So I found a photo on facebook: And while I usually don't believe in these facebook "Facts" I took a second to think about it myself since I'm a person that speaks a few languages (we have 4 national ...
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Does Habitat for Humanity hire professional “cleanup crews” to fix poor construction work done by volunteers?

Here are some articles alleging poor construction from Habitat for Humanity: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/04/jimmy-carter/ ...
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Bee stings and behavior changes [closed]

I heard a history of someone who suffered many stings of a particular species of bee, and didn't die. After that, the person became more impatient, with a aggressive temperament. I was wondering if is ...
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Do cats have a chemical in their brains that resembles LSD?

So while our cat was acting "crazy" this evening tearing from room to room and pouncing on on nothing, my wife and I were laughing at its behaviour. During discussions she mentioned hearing that cats ...
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Does florescent lighting in schools correlate to increased illness and behavior problems?

A morning talk radio program was discussing Scotopic sensitivity syndrome and made the claim that in schools where Florescent lighting had been replaced with indirect non-florescent lighting had more ...
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Correlation between MAO-A gene and murderers / sex offenders

The MAO-A gene, also known as the "Warrior gene", is thought to cause increased antisocial and violent behavior patterns in people who have experienced an abusive childhood. [ref] Caspi et. al. found ...
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Are heavy metal music listeners more likely to commit crimes?

It has been suggested (particularly in the 1980s) that individuals that listen to heavy metal are more likely to be commit a crime, as shown here and here. Have any studies statistically shown so?
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Are STEM (science tech engineering math) suffering a shortage of people in the US?

I have been always hearing of not enough people in the science and technology field in the US. The government is always coming up with initiatives to increase the number of people. From my experience ...
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Do colours affect consumer behaviour? [closed]

I occasionally see articles from individuals working in marketing making claims about how colour affects consumer behaviour. For example, the infographic below describes how to produce a 'landing ...
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Do people who write down their goals achieve them?

In my high school 10 years ago, and at least 10 years prior and to this day, the staff has been using the Power of Positive Students (POPS) program to motivate students to do better and stuff. They ...
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Was the experiment with five monkeys, a ladder, a banana and a water spray conducted?

I've found the following picture online. It is about the moral/paradigm behind consistent behavior. Click to enlarge. The image text says A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage ...
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Do artificial colours in food cause hyperactivity in children?

As someone who works with children, I frequently hear people say that giving children food with artificial colouring (or, sometimes, artificial sweeteners) causes them to be hyperactive, louder, or ...
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Are shoppers disproportionately more likely to buy an item if it costs $3.95 (compared to $4.00)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The origin of "99 cents" I find that there are disproportionately many price tags that say $3.95, $69.99, $198, etc. See amazon.com for example. I suppose the ...
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Do people intuitively turn a particular direction?

I am wondering if any research has been done on whether human beings tend to turn left or right more often (say when attempting to traverse a virtual maze.) As a subquestion that need not ...
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Was there ever a cannibalistic butcher/meat pie/restaurant… shop?

Has there ever been a real case of Sweeney Todd's (without the musical of course)? As it seems a really non cost effective way of running a shop, similar stories pop up in few different cultures (as ...
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Does unplugging your stereo while playing can damage it? [closed]

When you unplug your stereo from the source while playing music, it usually makes a scratchy sound. I haven't seen any stereo broken from an unplug. I did it a couple of times on my stereo and it ...
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Does listening to rap music increase violent behavior?

Related (Kind of) Classical music in public places: does it affect violence? Do violent video games cause violent behavior? Can music incite murder? I've heard many people say that listening to ...
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If 1 in 10 is convinced, will the rest follow?

This sounds completely bogus to me, but the source is reputable: Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, ...
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Is it possible to determine if a person is telling the truth by which direction they look?

I have heard that people look up and to the left if they are not truthful, and up and to the right if they are telling the truth. Is there any truth to this?
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Are people more likely to believe eloquent people?

Do a majority (e.g. >50%) of people form positive opinions about an individual's knowledge on the subject matter if the speaker/writer is more eloquent(well versed in grammar, clear and concise)? An ...
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Did an ostrich pull off its own head?

In The Runaway Brain by Christopher Wills, the author illustrates the fact that ostriches aren't too bright by saying that an ostrich has been recorded as getting tangled in the fork of a tree, ...
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Are shopping centres busier when it rains?

My old house mate told me this. And when I went to the shopping mall recently, I realized it was raining and it did seem unusually busy. I would've thought it'd be the opposite. If it's raining, I'd ...
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Do lower speed limits reduce gasoline usage?

There are three parts to this question: Does speed have an effect on miles-per-gallon? Is there a more accurate causal effect than speed that would also cause a connection at varying speeds? ...
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Is sitting dangerous?

I recently was e-mailed this link: Sitting down is killing you. Apparently this is based on a medical study and much of what is said in this range of adverts campaigning against sitting down makes ...
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Does plucking/epilation impact hair growth?

I've recently encountered the idea that plucking an area of hair (say, with tweezers) causes the hair to grow back thicker/denser/stiffer etc. yet I remain skeptical. This concept is rampant with ...
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Does technology have a negative effect on attention span?

Is it true that today's "information age" with the internet, TV, cell phones, movies, iPhones, etc can decrease your attention span? Society's impatience and short attention span is becoming a ...
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Classical music in public places: does it affect violence?

This article explains some British experience on playing classical music in public places and the effect on behaviour of people. It seems that the feeling (was it measured?) was that it prevented ...
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Can blood group affect behavior?

In Japan, blood group is believed to have ties with behavior. Is there scientific evidence for it?