Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [psychology]

Use this tag for questions about understanding, predicting, and changing the thoughts, emotions, and specifically psychological theories of behavior should use this tag. However, this excludes questions about specific claims, beliefs, or superstitions that would be better categorized under other, more specific tags, including behavior, brain, consciousness, superstition, esp, ghosts, religion, spirituality, energy, and meditation.

3
votes
0answers
483 views

Do these five football players have genius 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, ...
1
vote
0answers
465 views

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: ...
3
votes
1answer
361 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
253 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
207 views

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 ...
-2
votes
0answers
194 views

Is the difference in leadership skills between men and women negligible?

A. Lawrence on her PSI blog claims “Studies show that one's sex has little or no bearing on personality, cognition and leadership.” Is this the general consensus among the researchers in the field? ...
5
votes
1answer
435 views

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,...
3
votes
0answers
3k views

Is the “Most people are sheep” video genuine?

On August 30, 2016, Anonymous posted a "quite disturbing" video of a young woman caving in to herd behavior by standing up whenever a random beep was heard in the waiting area of an eye exam office ("...
37
votes
4answers
13k views

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 ...
24
votes
1answer
2k views

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 language, ...
2
votes
0answers
184 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
15k views

Tying a finger to help memory recall

I was playing Zynga's Draw Something when I saw an interesting icon: A quick search of "tying fingers" produces results such as: Big Site of Amazing Facts This is a carry-over from olden days ...
24
votes
2answers
3k views

Does learning immediately before going to sleep increase the effect?

I have read now several times as a "secret tip" that learning directly before going to sleep significantly increases the effectiveness of learning, probably the long-term memory when, for example, ...
10
votes
1answer
1k views

Does suggestive selling work in small retail?

Suggestive selling (or "on-selling" or "up-selling") is a technique employed by a sales clerk with the goal of increasing the total sale amount (basket size). The classic example is the McDonalds' ...
39
votes
3answers
17k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Does evolutionary psychology predict that humans will be more altruistic to those who are similar?

I read that in "The Red Queen" by Matt Ridley. Racism and xenophobes are samples of these behavior. Is this true? And if it's true, how does that work? For example. Evolutionary psychology predict ...
8
votes
0answers
466 views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
1k views

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, ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

In 2010, The Wired wrote an article called "Why Russians Don't Get Depressed", describing a paper in Psychological Science. Others, such as The Atlantic and Reuters, wrote about the study as well. ...
30
votes
1answer
6k views

Do nice guys finish last?

xkcd #513 Friends  by Randall Munroe You might think this is something men parrot to justify their lack of luck with the ladies, but ask any androphile and we'll tell you there's just something ...
476
votes
4answers
48k views

Does torture work well as an interrogation technique?

Wikipedia's Effectiveness of torture for interrogation says, Torture has been used throughout history for the purpose of obtaining information in interrogation. Some arguments say that it is an ...
43
votes
2answers
51k views

How long is it possible to maintain concentration?

When I study, I like to do it in blocks of a few hours, with little rests in between. I have heard from multiple (possibly unreliable) sources, however, that a human's concentration will drastically ...
5
votes
1answer
507 views

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 ...
18
votes
2answers
1k views

Is it possible to determine if a person is telling the truth by which direction they look?

I have heard that people look up and to the left if they are not truthful, and up and to the right if they are telling the truth. Is there any truth to this?
6
votes
0answers
401 views

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 ...
46
votes
4answers
11k views

Is there any scientific support for psychoanalysis?

I listened to episode 140 of the The Psych Files podcast where the host, Michael Britt, tried to psychoanalyze Jack Lalanne and was left wondering whether there's any validity to it. I am under the ...
21
votes
2answers
2k views

When is praise for children harmful?

There seems to be a growing movement of people who thing that praise is bad for children, as for example on the Not School blog. The thesis seems to be: A child who receives praise, rewards, and ...
24
votes
1answer
1k views

Are people happier when they spend money on experiences rather than physical objects?

In several articles, such as The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things, People Who Spend Money On Experiences Instead Of Things Are Much Happier, the claim is made ...
5
votes
1answer
698 views

“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 ...
42
votes
1answer
11k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
680 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
219 views

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 ...
22
votes
4answers
2k views

Are religious people happier?

This video discusses the idea that religious people are happier. Are there: any sources that support or contradict the claims? any scientific papers that address the issue?
5
votes
0answers
432 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
276 views

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: ...
4
votes
0answers
117 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
692 views

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 ...
14
votes
0answers
774 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
513 views

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 ...
41
votes
3answers
49k views

Do children who kill animals turn out to be violent?

It is widely claimed that children who injure or kill animals as children are more likely to exhibit violent behavior as adults, committing domestic violence or murder. A site dedicated to discussing ...
8
votes
1answer
533 views

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 ...
18
votes
2answers
2k views

Do men tend to be funnier than women?

Why are men, taken on average and as a whole, funnier than women? This line is from this Vanity Fair article by Christopher Hitchens, and is based, in part, on this Stanford Uni study What the study ...
3
votes
0answers
425 views

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 ...
24
votes
1answer
824 views

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 ...
60
votes
2answers
12k views

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 dating ...
72
votes
6answers
6k views

Do violent video games cause violent behavior?

I have been following this question casually over the past couple of years, and it seemed to me that there was no strong consensus either way on the subject. However, I recently read an editorial from ...
66
votes
3answers
11k views

Do people think in a language?

I was discussing some things with a psychology major, and he insisted that people always use a language to think. This is quite opposed to my own experience. I agree that I am capable of formulating ...
1
vote
0answers
125 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
110 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
994 views

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 ...