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Do video games lead to increased depression, anxiety and aggression?

Nicholas Kardaras is a addiction expert who was a professor at Stony Brook Medicine. In his 2016 NY Post article he claims that screen time is extremely harmful to children. The article intermingles ...
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Does the US Armed Forces refuse to recruit anyone with an IQ less than 83?

In this video, Jordan Peterson claims the following. You can't induct someone into the Armed Forces in the US if they have an IQ of less than 83. He claims that the armed forces needs an accurate ...
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Can John Gottman predict which couples will divorce with extremely high accuracy?

John Gottman (a prominent psychological researcher who has done extensive work on divorce prediction) has some very strong claims about his ability to predict divorce. The claim that led me to start ...
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Is low emotional intelligence associated with right-wing and prejudiced attitudes?

Accordiing to Diply, Researchers in Belgium have linked a lack of emotional intelligence with right-wing political views, reports PsyPost. The study, published in Emotion, found that those who ...
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Are Nobel laureates “at least 22 times more likely to partake as an amateur actor, dancer, magician or other type of performer”?

There was an opinion piece in the New York Times titled Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Great? in which David Brooks cites from a book called "Range" by David Epstein (emphasis added): In the first ...
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Are fussy babies more intelligent?

When I talk about my fussy baby, many people tell me half-jokingly that fussy babies are on average more intelligent than "easy" babies. The idea is not unusual. See for example here: In fact, ...
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Did depressed people far more accurately estimate how many monsters they killed in a video game?

In a Ted talk (YouTube), Andrew Solomon says There was a study I particularly liked, in which a group of depressed and a group of non-depressed people were asked to play a video game for an hour, ...
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Are 63% of Instagram users 'miserable'?

A few articles report this statistic that 63% of Instagram users are 'miserable': https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900022603/63-percent-of-instagram-users-report-being-miserable-heres-why.html ...
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Does a “desirable difficulty” in reading font affect memory retention?

Sans Forgetica is a font designed using the principles of cognitive psychology to help you to better remember your study notes. Sans Forgetica is more difficult to read than most typefaces – and ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

On Reddit, Facebook and elsewhere, a picture went mildly viral claiming that in the USA, a kindergarten is using corporate logos to teach the alphabet: The posts or their comments do not include any ...
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Does keeping a “gratitude journal” improve your life?

Is the practice of noting down a few things that you are grateful for each day really help you feel better? A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals ...
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Do these five football players have exceptionally high IQs?

This Sokkaa.com article is one of many claiming that these handful of football players have exceptionally high IQs. Most of the football players in the world are evaluated based on physical health, ...
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Are patterns of holes in surfaces surprisingly good clickbait?

The title is based on @Oddthinking's very helpful comment. From A Complete Taxonomy of Internet Chum1 published in The Awl (bold italics added by me): Bottom Left: Deeply Psychological Body Thing: ...
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Does salt (or sodium) not make you thirsty?

This is from a Toronto MS thesis: High dietary sodium intake is hypothesized to increase food intake (FI), fluid intake and glycemic response. Two short-term randomized repeated-measures studies ...
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Do recruiters hire people like themselves?

I have seen it quoted in various sources (e.g. this article in Forbes) that, in some way or another, people tend to unconsciously recruit people 'like themselves'. This can mean culturally, physically,...
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Does eating nonsalty food with MSG make you thirsty?

Assume that you're thirsty after eating food that didn't taste salty while you were eating it. I know that MSG contains sodium. Quora posts and https://msgdish.com/msg-problems-and-answers/ still ...
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Is CEO the “profession” with the most psychopaths?

An opinion article in Time has this subheading: CEO is the profession with the most psychopaths. This may have been added by a headline editor though, because the article body doesn't flesh out ...
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Do crows like to get dizzy? [closed]

In a lecture on the "Meaning Crisis", John Vervaeke, an assistant professor of cognitive science at the University of Toronto, and a colleague of Jordan B. Peterson, states: Caledonian crows will ...
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Do spoilers increase enjoyment of a story?

There are studies such as this where people report that spoilers increase enjoyment for narrative works. According to research by UC San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld, spoilers ...
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Will rats given the ability to artificially stimulate their pleasure centers starve to death?

There's a widely-held belief [example] that a rat will starve itself to death if given a lever to press that will stimulate some "pleasure center" via electrodes implanted in its brain. Supposedly, ...
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Are scammers using social media fake-news sharing behaviour to identify and target gullible people?

In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal I remember hearing - likely in an interview in a BBC Radio4 programme on the topic (unfortunately I don't recall more than that) - a claim that ...
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Are humans and chimps innately afraid of and attracted to reptiles or snakes?

Jordan peterson, a culturally popular psychologist, has made the following biological claim: Human beings and their closest biological relatives, chimpanzees, are innately afraid of and attracted ...
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“Give me a child” Quote from B. F. Skinner

B.F. Skinner has been quoted all over the place on the internet (e.g. PsychologyDegreeGuide) to say Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything I am starting to think he didn't as I am yet to ...
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Does vegetarian sweat smell better?

I've read this article online in a Belgian newspaper (in Dutch): Weet wat je zweet: deze 7 dingen wist je nog niet over zweten — HLN. Number 4 is saying that vegetarian sweat smells better then non ...
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Can people identify narcissists by their eyebrows?

A friend told me that "a recent study by researchers has determined that people can identify narcissists by their eyebrows¨. A quick search revealed this May 2018 Psychology Today article A 2018 ...
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Is there a distinction between esteem and confidence and are they independent of each other?

Many of selfhelp-books I've been exposed to promote the idea of self esteem and confidence as the two separate things, and that your self esteem can be improved by saying nice things to yourself. Is ...
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Are African-Americans more impatient than whites or Hispanics?

A 2017 paper written by five economists (Andreoni et al.) finds that Time preferences have been correlated with a range of life outcomes, yet little is known about their early development. We ...
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Does breastfeeding affect patience, altruism, and risk taking (even as an adult)

A 2016 paper from DIW Berlin unambigously states: In a sample of preschool children we find that longer breastfeeding duration is associated with higher levels of patience and altruism as well ...
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Even the healthiest of elders show profoundly compromised decision making?

That's the indomitable conclusion quoted from the summary of a 2013 PNAS paper. In a bit more detail: We identified several important age-related patterns in decision making under uncertainty: ...
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Is there a surge in youth erectile dysfunction?

A 2016 article in The Australian says that there is an increase in youth ED, and furthremore that it's due to porn: You couldn’t make it up, right? Wrong: erectile dysfunction in men in their teens ...
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Was the Stroop Effect used to catch spies?

In the field of Cognitive Science, when studying about the Stroop effect, the claim is often made that it had been used during the Cold War by the American counter-intelligence units in order to ...
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Does browsing Facebook make people more sad than browsing the Internet?

An interesting study as summarized on a PT blog: According to a 2014 study published in Computers in Human Behavior, most people aren't using social media to be social. Only about 9 percent of ...
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Asking about suicidal thoughts won't push someone into doing it

I've seen this advice repeated on a couple of websites, e.g. Mayo Clinic: Asking about suicidal thoughts or feelings won't push someone into doing something self-destructive. In fact, offering an ...
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Do Silicon Valley workers send their children to no-phone no-tablet schools?

I have heard someone say that there is a considerable proportion of employees of Silicon tech giants that send their children to schools where no smartphones and no tablets are allowed. Allegedly this ...
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Is the Implicit Association Test effective at determining an individual's biases?

A recent post on the Stack Overflow blog, Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change., discusses the problems that members of marginalized groups may experience when ...
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Was Frank Pucelik's “House of Life” selected as the best young people’s treatment program in America?

Frank Pucelik writes in the book "The Origins of Neuro Linguistic Programming": I [Frank Pucelik] spent the next three or so years, while running Meta Institute Oklahoma, spending time with my son ...
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Clifton StrengthsFinder [closed]

A friend of mine is trying to convince me to go take a Clifton StrengthsFinder test and participate in related seminars. I have trouble inding any information about the test that does not come from ...
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Can people “wake up” with a new accent? (Foreign Accent Syndrome)

This MSN article from 2018-02-13 claims that an American woman fell asleep with a bad headache, and woke up with a British accent. This has been widely reported, including by The Washington Post ...
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Does drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana at the same time cause any trouble? [closed]

I've not quite done it, because I don't smoke pot often when once I did earlier on this year involved with alcohol but it was very long before I drank.It gave me a vibration in my head and a craving ...
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“Women rate the strongest men as the most attractive” …or is it always so? [closed]

The Washington Post says that "women rate the strongest men as the most attractive, study finds". Of course, that does not contradict the common sense, but it there enough evidence provided. Or, in ...
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Do men prefer women with long hair?

I know intuitively this is true but was wondering if there ever has been a scientific, statistically significant survey to find if it is true. Long hair is traditionally strongly linked to ...
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Was there a picture of Freud above a urinal at Washington University?

From New Yorker's "Why Freud Survies": Psychoanalysis was also taking a hit within the medical community. Studies suggesting that psychoanalysis had a low cure rate had been around for a while. But ...
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Do colder temperatures increase our hunger?

I've heard this multiple times as an explanation to eating more in relation to being exposed to colder temperatures (restaurants that are colder, during the winter, etc.) but I have yet to be able to ...
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Is skepticism more influenced by one’s milieu than other personality traits are?

lawyerbrainblog.com claim that Being a lawyer requires one to constantly search for problems, to wonder what could go wrong, to find the flaws and defects in an assertion. As a result, people with ...
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Is self-discipline more important than IQ in predicting academic performance?

There is one highly cited (>1K citations in Google Scholar) study titled "Self-discipline outdoes IQ in predicting academic performance of adolescents", and quoting from its abstract: Self-...
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Does masturbation (or sex) help one focus better later?

From a NY Post article: Kit Maloney, the founder of O’actually, a feminist porn production company, said that “masturbation [and] orgasm is like meditation. It allows the space for the brain to ...
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Did Harry Harlow's “monkey love” experiments cost $50M?

Did the government spend $50 million (or more) to learn "how much monkeys love their mothers"? From Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 45(3), 193–218 Summer 2009: It is also ...
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Is the association between homosexuality and mental illness likely to have a genetic basis?

From "Sexual Orientation and Psychiatric Vulnerability: A Twin Study of Neuroticism and Psychoticism" (2011): Abstract Recent evidence indicates that homosexuals and bisexuals are, on average, ...
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Is sex a cure for depression in 50 percent of cases?

I read this claim on Twitter from a plastic surgeon who has worked for the Miss Venezuela organization. It says: Estudios revelan que el 50% de las depresiones se curan con buen sexo. #CiruTips ...
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Smell of a Body [closed]

There's many fictional and nonfictional stories about passerby detecting dead bodies inside buildings and such by an "overwhelming stench of decay" or something equivalent, usually even through thick ...