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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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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Does personal happiness depend on level of education reached?

Is there a dependence between education and happiness? Do more educated people tend to be happier?
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Is it true that you can't fix stupid? [closed]

Ron White's seminal work on human nature from 2006 purports, "You Can't Fix Stupid." This is widely accepted as truth among the meme-makers of the Internet. For example: The proposition is often ...
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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 ...
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Does the establishment of a legal upper speed limit on highways lead to a reduction in traffic deaths and accidents?

The conventional wisdom is that established speed limits lead to an increase in safety. Speed limits are usually set to attempt to cap road traffic speed; there are several reasons for wanting ...
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In Milgram's studies (1963) were the volunteers alright after?

I heard some claims that most participants of Milgram's studies were happy they had done the experiment and were fine years latter, other times I've been told that the participants experienced ...
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Is speaking in tongues real?

People who attend Pentecostal churches speak in tongues which is also called glossolalia. Is it for real or do they just fake it?
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Does Biblical counseling work as well as secular counseling? [closed]

Biblical or nouthetic counselling is a sin-focussed, Bible-based form of counseling that eschews psychology and psychiatry. Has there been any studies done that show the validity and efficacy of ...
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the connection between alzheimers and less depresion [closed]

Someone told me that statistically there is less depression in Alzheimer's patients then any other population. Does anyone know where that comes from, where can I read more about the study?
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Can the digit ratio predict personality or behavior?

Recently I hear more and more often about the correlation between the digit ratio and the behavior of a person (or even his successes studying scientific subjects, etc.) Are there any large-scale ...
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Is the Q-on-the-forehead test a valid method of determining extraversion and ability to lie?

Noted skeptic and magician, Richard Wiseman has released a popular Youtube video that claims to test extraversion and ability to lie, with a simple binary test - asking the subject to draw a Q on ...
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Do people's IQs change?

In a 1968 study of the Pygmalion Effect: Rosenthal and Jacobson gave an intelligence test to all of the students at an elementary school at the beginning of the school year. Then, they randomly ...
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Does Blue monday exist?

Blue Monday is supposedly the most depressing day of the year, it's a Monday in beginning of January. Several news pages reports about this. "Blue Monday" said to be the most miserable day of the ...
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Can reading a word trigger a trauma flashback?

It is a well known fact that some situations may trigger flashbacks of trauma in PTSD sufferers, like going to some places, or seeing particular scenes in movies or TV. Lately I've seen many mentions ...
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Why is it said that “cellar door” a beautiful sounding word other than individuals personal opinions? [closed]

In the film Donnie Darko the English teacher states that "cellar door" is the most beautiful word in the English language. After doing some research, I believe the claim is more accurately stated as ...
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Is active recall testing more effective than passive study?

A claim made by Anki is that: Research has shown that active recall testing is far more effective at building strong memories than passive study. Definitions (from Anki): Active recall ...
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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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Does science fiction inspire significant amounts of people to pursue STEM careers?

It's a common belief within the science fiction community that sci-fi has motivated a lot of people to pursue careers as scientists and engineers. A brief search finds many anecdotal accounts where ...
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Can phobias be genetic, but created in one generation and not by natural selection?

I have seen this article floating around http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10486479/Phobias-may-be-memories-passed-down-in-genes-from-ancestors.html Pretty much they state that if a ...
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Does auto-suggestion work?

There are several popular self-improvement books, some of which are: Think and grow rich - Napoleon Hill The Power of Your Subconscious Mind - Joseph Murphy The secret - Rhonda Byrne which suggest ...
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Does notetaking that does not involve writting by hand help remeber information? [closed]

I've often heard that taking notes helps remember information, even if you don't read it again. Here's an article that sites studies that supports this. For this to happen must the note taking be done ...
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Is this “facial expression reading” test scientifically reliable?

This psychological test purports to measure your ability to read facial expressions. In the quiz, you examine a number of pictures and have to choose a word that best describes what the person was ...
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Can smoking marijuana from a young age cause emotional immaturity? [closed]

I was watching a fairly decent documentary regarding marijuana use and at a certain point a clinical psychologist mentioned that long term patients of his that smoked marijuana from a young age showed ...
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Has backmasking any significant effect as subliminal stimulus?

According to the Wikipedia article, some people (e.g. christian groups) have claimed that backmasking could be used to manipulate the listener: Various fundamentalist Christian groups have ...
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Does being abused make someone more likely to be an abuser?

Does being the victim of abuse make someone more likely to commit abuse? This is sometimes called the "Vampire theory", with the analogy that being bitten turns you into a vampire. As an example, ...
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Can people detect “heart waves”?

A study by Robert McCraty at the "HeartMath Institute" investigates electromagnetic fields created by the human heart and claims: Particular emphasis will be devoted to evidence demonstrating that ...
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Do we judge people consistently based on what they eat?

Leon Rappaport claims in his book How We Eat that people judge each other based on what food they eat. From the book: Social psychology studies have demonstrated that people will make fairly ...
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Does the color red have psychological effects?

In answering a question about the effects of viewing different colors, I wanted to make a claim about the psychological effects of the color red – specifically that it causes psychological arousal or ...
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Can hypnosis increase breast size?

Dr Mark Griffiths Blog Also in 1977, Dr. Richard Willard published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Using a slightly different technique to the previously published ...
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Does the Gruen Transfer exist?

The Gruen Transfer describes an effect that shopping malls are said to have on shoppers. In a 1992 essay, The World in a Shopping Mall, Dr. Margaret Crawford explains, in a discussion on the ...
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Did Lewandowsky use dodgy data in his paper showing correlation between free market and anti-science views?

In 2012 Australian psychologist Stephen Lewandowsky (and others) published a paper claiming to show that there was a significant correlation between beliefs in free market economics and the rejection ...
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Alcohol good or bad? [duplicate]

I see moderate alcohol shows (supposed) benefits for health and long life. I am 42 and experienced a mid life crisis 4 months ago (initially a nervous breakdown). I am slowly getting better but stil ...
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Is rape a crime about violence and power, or a crime of passion?

Adam Carolla, from the popular radio show Loveline, and in the Guiness Records for the most downloaded podcast of all time made the following claim (1 min mark): rape is not a sexual crime, you ...
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Does positive thinking have any effect? [closed]

I found this while reading about the 'Law of Attraction' Whether or not you believe in the power of the universe, there is scientific research that proves the effects of positive thinking. Is ...