Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. Its immediate goal is to understand behavior and mental processes by researching and establishing both general principles and specific cases. [Wikipedia]

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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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Does “Grabbing A Pair Of Boobs” Reduce Stress? [closed]

I've seen these headlines many times over any over again and if you do a Google search, you'll find plenty more, I was wondering whether there's any truth to it? Grabbing Boobs Decreases Stress ...
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Why is it perceived that African Americans can't swim? [closed]

A major claim/stereotype that black/African Americans face is that its generally believed they cant swim, or are poor swimmers. Basically, white guys cant jump, and black men cant swim. Are there ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Can one's favorite color accurately predict one's personality?

There are couple of websites that claim that one's favorite color accurately predicts one's personality. For example; http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color.html ...
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Is it true that married people are happier and live longer? [duplicate]

From Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett, a quote attributed to Richard Layard states "Married people are healthier and live" which has a reference that points to "Layard, Happiness, p. 66." I ...
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Do police interrogation techniques “work” on the innocent? [closed]

Police use a number of techniques designed to get suspects to confess or to contradict themselves or other evidence. Are these techniques also capable of getting innocent suspects to confess or give ...
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CPH4 is exist or not [duplicate]

what if our brain really works at more than 50%.In Lucy movie they were telling about the drug name CPH4 or they tell that it will produce at the time of pregnancy when women is at 5 or 6 months.Is ...
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Has the snowball approach to debt repayment been shown to have any advantages?

The snowball approach to debt repayment involves paying down the smallest debt first, followed by the next smallest, and so forth. If one were instead able to and follow through with paying down debt ...
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Is suicide caused by or correlated with living at high altitude?

According to the article There's a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why: ... Despite ranking as America's happiest state, Utah has disproportionately high rates of ...
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Are polyamorous people happier?

Gleb Tsipursky claims in his article "How Do You Live Happily Ever After When There’s A Love Triagle?": Moreover, research on poly relationships show that people with consensual non-monogamous ...
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Is concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion?

From Concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion by Lisa Wade, PhD, May 6, 2014, at 09:00 am A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not ...
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Do babies dream in the womb? [closed]

There are various sources that say that fetuses have rapid eye movement in the womb and they might be dreaming during REM sleep. Scientists who follow the fetus's daily life find that it spends ...
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Can SSRI make things worse in the long term or cause delayed depression?

I found these two articles that mention that taking SSRI for depression can actually make the depression worse. Is it true? Can Tardive Dysphoria (delayed depression) be caused by SSRI? ...
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Does tapping on “acupoints” during an emotional problem change chemistry in the brain?

This claim is by David Feinstein, pH.D. in Acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders: Evidence of efficacy [.pdf] Essentially it is a claim that stimulating acupuncture points during ...
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Do zodiac signs correlate with personality traits? [duplicate]

It probably goes without saying that there is a widespread belief that the zodiac sign somehow affects a person's fate and personality. I was just about to dismiss this belief as unscientific in an ...
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Were the Pollock twins reincarnated?

Synopsis from this link In 1957, 11 year-old Joanna and 6 year-old Jacqueline Pollock were tragically killed in a car accident in Northumberland, England. They were sisters. A year later, ...
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Sleep deprivation due to binaural beats [duplicate]

I tried binaural beats for the 1st time yesterday.In the evening I downloaded "undacova-binauralbeats07" (5min track). But i was unable to sleep the whole night.As soon i tried harder to sleep I could ...
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Has Dean Radin's Love study been independently confirmed by three dozen groups?

This NPR article from 2009 states that Dean Radin conducted a Love study that claimed to show a scientifically meaningful correlation between a husband thinking about a wife and her sensing it within ...
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Can PTSD be a factor in causing one to plagiarize?

On BreitBart.com the following claim is made: HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' ...
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Does the “True Colors Personality Quiz” predict behavior?

I was recently asked to participate in an exercise that involved a personality quiz whose questions (but not the particular formatting) were identical to this one: True Colours Personality Test ...
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Are women more attracted to “bad guys”? [duplicate]

Definition: A bad boy is a man who seems outwardly attractive, but is unwilling to offer sacrificial love in a relationship. He is too immature and preoccupied with himself to share genuine ...
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Are Soldiers Overdiagnosed with PTSD in the US Military?

I am a combat veteran, but I was not diagnosed with PTSD. When I was in the military, there were Soldiers with PTSD who had never served in a combat zone. There were also Soldiers who served in a ...
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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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Are Facebook Likes similar to cocaine addiction?

The Financal Times reports: Dopamine jolt behind internet addiction The effect on the brain is similar to what makes drug addicts reuse cocaine Kristen Lindquist, professor of psychology ...
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Is it possible to determine dishonesty in a person through body language?

The claim is often made by people of varying credentials that humans are able to spot lies and determine dishonesty in other people through simple observing of body posture, facial cues, eye ...
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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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Have Bobby Fischer, Einstein, Hawking and Kasparov all had their IQs tested?

I commonly find on the internet claims that these men had/have the following IQs: Bobby Fischer: 180–190 Einstein: 160 Hawking: 160 Garry Kasparov: 190 I'm sure most have heard somewhere that ...
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Do Japanese fishermen put sharks in their tanks to keep fish fresh?

I saw the following story on Quora and when I Googled it, I got a lot of inspirational websites like Patheos.org that were hosting this same story without any citations. I would like to know if the ...
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Are discussions about suicide themselves suicide triggers?

Several online forums I've frequented have had discussions removed when suicide methods are mentioned. The reasoning have been that discussion about suicide themselves are suicide triggers. While it ...
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Is it possible to have a split personality like those seen in the movies? [duplicate]

Has there ever been any people who existed from split personality disorder like those seen in movies? In the sense they had more than one coherent, distinct personalities (and weren't biopolar or ...
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Do poor children hear 30 million fewer words by age 3?

According to PolitiFact.com, Barack Obama stated that: By the time she turns 3 years old, a child born into a low-income home hears 30 million fewer words than a child from a well-off family. ...
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Was Shakuntala Devi able to perform complex computations far faster than the best living human calculators?

I heard about Shakuntala Devi for the first time today, an Indian Savant who allegedly performed such feats as finding the 23rd root of a 201 digit number in 50 seconds, unaided. There seems to be ...
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Can looking at pictures tell you something about your personality?

http://www.testedich.de/tests/person.php3 A so-called "behaviour trainer" gave us the above test and the results. I am quite skeptical about it; there were some correlations, but that could well be ...
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Are “ectomorph”, “mesomorph” and “endomorph” valid and useful descriptors?

In the 1940s, American psychologist William Herbert Sheldon formulated the theory of constitutional psychology. One of the proposals in this theory is that there are three basic elements, or ...