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Do we dream every night?

Tell someone you don't dream at night, and you'll often get the reponse, "Oh, didn't you know we dream every night? It's just that we forget our dreams". This is usually said as if it's a scientific ...
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Kant's attitude to introspection [migrated]

In "A History of Modern Psychology", Schultz & Schultz, 10th edition we read A century before Titchener’s work, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant had written that any attempt at ...
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Do people make 35000 decisions a day? [closed]

I saw this advertisement posted on the way to work today, and it made the claim that people make "about 35000 decisions a day". A quick Google search shows that this claim is widely parroted but ...
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Is 50% of happiness determined by genetics?

CBS New York quote author Gretchen Rubin as saying: “About 50 percent of happiness is genetically determined" Similarly, Lifecho say: According to some studies our happiness level depend 50% ...
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Does taking birth control pills alter your preferences for a partner?

It has been reported (and repeated) several times that women who use the typical birth control pill (with both estrogen and progestin) show different preferences for men, depending on whether they are ...
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Does the gorilla, Koko, have an IQ in the range 70-95?

Koko is a western lowland gorilla kept in San Francisco. There are many claims about her IQ. For example: She was given IQ tests several times when she was younger and scored between 70 and 95, ...
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Is dream interpretation superstitious?

Is there any form of dream interpretation that is based on (accepted) science or has shown not to be superstitious? My understanding was that dream interpretation was not reliable, but then I found in ...
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Does stress cause hair to go grey?

Apart from aging, does stress or fear contribute in the change of hair color to grey/white?
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Do mirrors decrease perceived waiting time

There is a famous anecdote about a multistoried office building in New York in which occupants complained that the elevator was very slow. After installing mirrors in the lobby, the complaints ...
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Do men feel threatened by intelligent women?

I found this posted in multiple news sites The findings, to be published in the November edition of ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’, concluded that men find the propect [sic] of ...
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Can classes reduce unconscious racial bias?

Recently on PBS Newshour there was a segment about Silicon Valley and their attempts to hire more diverse employees. A focus of the segment was employee training seminars about unconscious ...
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Did Microsoft say that our attention spans are less than that of a goldfish?

According to this picture from Uberfacts: Our attention spans are less than that of a goldfish. Did Microsoft actually make this claim? When? Is there any valid evidence for this claim?
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Can hypnosis be a contributing factor to suicide?

A Florida school district has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a case involving a principal who hypnotized students, three of whom died shortly after (some from suicide). Many of the reports in the ...
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If NLP is pseudoscience, (how) can it be used to manipulate people? [closed]

I've been reading about neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) lately. My understanding is that it's bollocks. However, many sources say that despite it's pseudoscience, it can be really used to ...
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Is the placebo effect getting stronger?

There has recently been a row about the marketing of pain killers. The makers of Nurofen have been accused of selling the same formulation at different prices for different conditions and claiming in ...
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Is Daniel Tammet a savant? [closed]

I was reading about the so called 'savant' Daniel Tammet after I saw the TV show Brain Man. After I read the book "Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Foer I read that Daniel Tammet's real name was ...
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Are people who love inspirational quotes less intelligent?

An article in the Daily Beast claims the following: A new study finds that people who love bullshit inspirational quotes have lower intelligence and more "conspiratorial ideations". Life ...
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Does one's personality set in at seven year's old?

A 2010 LiveScience article says: Our personalities stay pretty much the same throughout our lives, from our early childhood years to after we're over the hill, according to a new study. The ...
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Is the Stockholm Syndrome a real effect?

BusinessInsider writes in Stockholm Syndrome could be a Myth: The New Yorker's new profile of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart makes an intriguing point about Stockholm Syndrome: It isn't a ...
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Does masturbation increase self-esteem?

BetterHealth writes about Masturbation: Some of the general health benefits of masturbation may include that it: [...] enhances self-esteem. 2KnowMyself writes in Why masturbation lowers ...
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Is it true that online therapy for mental conditions is as good, if not better, as in person? [closed]

I've red a number of articles claiming that online therapy, in particular for mental disorders, is more effective than in person therapy. Though they do site studies, I find this very hard to believe ...
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Asch's Conformity Experiment (1951) ; different sources have different results

In Asch's conformity experiment, a simple test was given to a room full of subjects. Secretly, only one subject was being tested and the rest of the subjects were confederates who all gave the same ...
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Is there an imbalance between males and females in: problem-solving speed, aptitude to group work and emotional influence on actions? [closed]

According to pop-psychology book "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" written by relationship counselor John Gray, men and women think and feel in fundamentally different ways and should learn ...
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Do Vietnamese schools officially require students to write with their right hands?

The Wikipedia article about bias against left-handed people states that In Vietnam, schools officially require students to write with their right hands, and some teachers of Grade 1 (when writing ...
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Does our subconscious not understand negation? [closed]

Supposedly our subconscious cannot understand negatives. Therefore we should formulate all our goals in a positive way. Instead of writing down "Don't smoke" as a goal we should use "Be smoke free". ...
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Can one hour of TV per day worsen GCSE grades?

Earlier today, I read a scientific article in the British newspaper The Daily Mail. The article in question states that one hour of TV/electronic devices can worsen your performance in GCSEs. A ...
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Is the world record for staying in an anechoic chamber an hour or less?

There is an anechoic chamber in Minneapolis, supposedly the "quietest place on earth", with isolated walls that absorb 99.99% of all echoes. It is claimed that the world record for staying in this ...
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Does painting a room pink make it calming?

It is sometimes suggested that pink is a soothing color. For example, About.com says: Pink is thought to have a calming effect. One shade known as "drunk-tank pink" is sometimes used in ...
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Are new parents generally unhappy?

According to this article on Vice giving birth, and raising a child for at least the first few years, makes the parent miserable/unhappy. A horrifying study published last week in the journal ...
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Does media coverage of mass shootings leads to more mass shootings the same week?

In the end of this video, Dr. Park Dietz says: Because every time we have intense saturation coverage of a mass murder, we expect to see one or two more within a week. Is this true?
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War veteran who didn't speak for 30 years until he heard a sports match over the radio

In Influence, Cialdini mentions the story of a war veteran who remained silent for 30 years until he allegedly heard during a live radio transmission of a sports event that his home team was ...
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Does gender reassignment surgery increase quality of life of transgender individuals?

The general belief, at least amongst the LGBT community, is that gender reassignment surgery will increase the quality of life of transgendered individuals. Obviously those that undergo the surgery ...
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Is Fatherhood natural among humans? [closed]

I read in a book and have heard an argument by many social scientists that fatherhood was "invented" by humans during the time when we first started living in societies. This was presumably in order ...
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Is obesity correlated with solitary and/or social eating?

The basis of this question is a pair of newspaper articles that appeared in the Guardian just over a year apart. I know, it's not a scholarly journal, and the articles aren't remotely scientific. The ...
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Do colors change your mood? [closed]

In 2012, the Painters of Louisville published an infographic about the Psychology of Color: It makes a number of claims about how seeing certain colors may effects on your mood and physiology. Some ...
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Are confident guys more likely to get a girlfriend?

MenHealth.com writes: Simply put, confidence gets the girl. In Learn How You Can Get A Great Girlfriend on the blog DatingPaladin the author writes: Getting a girlfriend is something that ...
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Is a new case of dementia diagnosed every 4 seconds?

I recently heard a claim that a new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds from various resources including the World Health Organization, The total number of new cases of dementia each ...
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Does smiling make us more happy?

Michael Poh writes on the blog HONGKIET: When we smile, there are some biological processes that somehow trick our brain into thinking we’re happy. That being happy can make one smile is ...
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How often do witnesses fail to report violent crimes as they are occuring? [closed]

Have there been any studies or exist any statistics on how often people fail to somehow intervene in the event of an emergency where violence is involved? I'm primarily interested in North America ...
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Is dishonesty more prevalent in certain cultures/countries? [closed]

Some Brazilians love to say that we are a dishonest country (which some people call Jeitinho Brasileiro). Someone even created an article on Wikipedia for this so-called behaviour. I don't believe ...
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Is exposure therapy is the only effective treatment of PTSD?

According to this website: Recent research has determined that "exposure therapy", a specialized form of cognitive-behaviour therapy that includes adjusting harmful cognitions (thoughts) is ...
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Are people happier when they spend money on experiences rather than physical objects?

In several articles, such as here and here, the claim is made that people who use their money (and, presumably, their time), to buy experiences, rather than physical goods, are happier. We are ...
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Is being a professional logician associated with serious mental health issues?

In Indiscrete Thoughts, Gian-Carlo Rota claims that: It cannot be a complete coincidence that several outstanding logicians of the twentieth century found shelter in asylums at some point in ...
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Will people automatically look at the person they feel closest to when laughing?

In the post: 31 Psychological Life Hacks That You Can Exploit To Give Yourself An Advantage In Social Settings by thoughtcatalog, it said: When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively ...
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Is profanity correlated with trustworthiness and honesty?

This image can be found on 9GAG and Facebook: Profanity is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an offensive word" or "offensive language". It is also called bad language, strong language, coarse ...
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Are dogs loyal to their owners? [closed]

Dog is generally accepted a mans best friend and the most loyal and faithful pet. It was found in a study that cats became domesticated for treats. Is that possible that loyalty of a dog is in fact ...
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Is regularly viewing internet pornography unhealthy? [closed]

Have there been any conclusive studies that found negative (or positive) effects from viewing internet pornography on a regular basis? Certainly a google search turns up a lot of results but most ...
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Are U.S. Torture Techniques Tied to MKULTRA Experiments? [closed]

There is an unprecedented amount of information available regarding the "enhanced interrogation techniques" being used to train military personnel on the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay, such as this ...
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Is the “Asshole Effect” a phenomenon correlated with wealth?

From the Globe & Mail article “It’s true: The rich really are ruder”: Psychologist Paul Piff has coined a memorable label for the phenomenon: the Asshole Effect. Prof. Piff and his colleagues ...
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Are secular/atheist adults less vengeful, nationalistic, militaristic, authoritarian and more tolerant?

From: How secular family values stack up Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more ...