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]

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
0answers
135 views

Do babies dream in the womb?

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
89 views

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? ...
-1
votes
0answers
53 views

Does Zox Pro (Subliminal Photography) assist memory?

Supposedly, Subliminal Photography is based off the idea that the right brain learns in pictures and stores information directly into long term memory. The idea, then, is that if you 'take' a ...
1
vote
1answer
145 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
944 views

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, ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
112 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
211 views

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' ...
6
votes
1answer
499 views

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 ...
11
votes
0answers
503 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
272 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
317 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
294 views

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 ...
14
votes
1answer
650 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
446 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
306 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
115 views

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?
1
vote
0answers
227 views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
903 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
535 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
47 views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
518 views

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. ...
13
votes
1answer
504 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
389 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
789 views

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 ...
15
votes
1answer
519 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
348 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
354 views

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?
1
vote
0answers
121 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
72 views

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?
4
votes
2answers
364 views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
646 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
419 views

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 ...
6
votes
0answers
205 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
230 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
181 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
87 views

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 ...
12
votes
0answers
318 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
190 views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
100 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
590 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
533 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
477 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
333 views

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, ...
2
votes
0answers
197 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
510 views

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 ...
22
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...