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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.

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Are men attracted to women that look like their mothers?

In 2008, The Guardian reported: In a study published today, psychologists measured people's faces and compared them with their partner's parents and strangers. They found men were more likely to ...
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Is the statistic “8% of People Achieve Their New Year's Resolutions” based on facts?

The Statistic Brain Research Institute (statisticbrain.com) claims to be a "trusted research provider to" Forbes, The New York Times and Wikipedia, among others (this is written in their main page ...
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Does eating pork increase promiscuity?

According to the book Pork (alternative pdf version): People who use pork are gradually influenced by its inherent sensuality; and when this trend influences the minds, shamelessness becomes the ...
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Is the difference between men and women' estimates of their number of sexual partners caused because men estimate rather than count?

In this Tedx talk about sexy mathematics, Dr Clio Cresswell says that there is an inconsistency between womens' and mens' reports of the number of sexual partners they have had. Now, men report, on ...
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Are people more careless with their mobile phones when an upgrade is due?

Gizmodo reports from an article in the Journal of Marketing Research that People Trash Their Phones When an Upgrade is Close The report describes the study further, noting that thee effect is ...
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Is the book “Confessions of a Sociopath” written by an actual sociopath? [closed]

In the book "Confessions of a Sociopath," M.D. Thomas claims to be, um. A sociopath. But whenever I see one of these books, self-describing some stigma in a way that appeals sharply to the general ...
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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 ("...
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Did John Nash Jr. write equations on the windows of a Princeton library? [closed]

I know that the pen ceremony at the end of the film, A Beautiful Mind, to announce that he had won the Nobel Prize in economics was completely fiction. What about the scenes in the movie that showed ...
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Does small talk not build relationship and is it not great for our happiness levels?

I'm referencing this article: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/banning-small-talk research has confirmed what most people know but don't practice: surface level small talk does not build ...
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Is there scientific evidence to support a distinction between “Ask” and “Guess” cultures? [closed]

This MetaFilter post from 2007 includes the following: In some families, you grow up with the expectation that it's OK to ask for anything at all, but you gotta realize you might get no for an ...
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Does a female breast shape predict personality?

This has been claimed all over Russian language newsfeeds, I think originating at this link: Обратив внимание на форму женской груди, каждый мужчина может предсказать, что ожидает его, если он ...
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Are scary fairy tales beneficial for children's psychological development?

There seems to be a popular claim amongst psychiatrists that scary, cruel and other ethically questionable traditional fairy tales are beneficial for the development of a child's mind. People ...
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Is Bhutan an extremely happy country?

Supposedly Bhutan consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world. Bhutan seems to have a reputation as a eco-friendly liberal paradise, and pages like this claim that their ...
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Does writing about achieving future goals provide health benefits?

Gregory Ciotti writes in The "Psychological Benefits of Writing": Research by Laura King shows that writing about achieving future goals and dreams can make people happier and healthier... Is the ...
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Does playing electronic games interfere with a child's healthy dopamine response?

In this August 2015 Psychology Today blog article, a child psychiatrist and author, Dr Victoria Dunckley makes a number of claims about how screen time is causing symptoms of mental health problems. ...
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Does the Silva method of meditation enable transcendence of pain?

The Silva method (formerly known as "Silva Mind Control") is a type of meditation, proposed by José Silva. It involves reaching and sustaining the alpha-state while actively controlling one's thoughts....
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Do we dream every night?

Tell someone you don't dream at night, and you'll often get the reponse, "Oh, didn't you know we dream every night? It's just that we forget our dreams". This is usually said as if it's a scientific ...
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Do people make 35000 decisions a day? [closed]

I saw this advertisement posted on the way to work today, and it made the claim that people make "about 35000 decisions a day". A quick Google search shows that this claim is widely parroted but ...
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Is 50% of happiness determined by genetics?

CBS New York quote author Gretchen Rubin as saying: “About 50 percent of happiness is genetically determined" Similarly, Lifecho say: According to some studies our happiness level depend 50% on ...
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Can anxiety increase body odor?

CalmClinic writes in Anxiety and the Connection to Body Odor: One of the main problems with the physical symptoms of anxiety is that many of them cause further anxiety. That's why so many people ...
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Does taking birth control pills alter your preferences for a partner?

It has been reported (and repeated) several times that women who use the typical birth control pill (with both estrogen and progestin) show different preferences for men, depending on whether they are ...
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Does the gorilla, Koko, have an IQ in the range 70-95?

Koko is a western lowland gorilla kept in San Francisco. There are many claims about her IQ. For example: She was given IQ tests several times when she was younger and scored between 70 and 95, ...
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Is dream interpretation superstitious?

Is there any form of dream interpretation that is based on (accepted) science or has shown not to be superstitious? My understanding was that dream interpretation was not reliable, but then I found in ...
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Does stress cause hair to go grey?

Apart from aging, does stress or fear contribute in the change of hair color to grey/white?
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Do mirrors decrease perceived waiting time

There is a famous anecdote about a multistoried office building in New York in which occupants complained that the elevator was very slow. After installing mirrors in the lobby, the complaints ...
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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 ...
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Can classes reduce unconscious racial bias?

Recently on PBS Newshour there was a segment about Silicon Valley and their attempts to hire more diverse employees. A focus of the segment was employee training seminars about unconscious biases--...
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Did Microsoft say that our attention spans are less than that of a goldfish?

According to this picture from Uberfacts: Our attention spans are less than that of a goldfish. Did Microsoft actually make this claim? When? Is there any valid evidence for this claim?
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Can hypnosis be a contributing factor to suicide?

A Florida school district has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a case involving a principal who hypnotized students, three of whom died shortly after (some from suicide). Many of the reports in the ...
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If NLP is pseudoscience, (how) can it be used to manipulate people? [closed]

I've been reading about neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) lately. My understanding is that it's bollocks. However, many sources say that despite it's pseudoscience, it can be really used to ...
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Is the placebo effect getting stronger?

There has recently been a row about the marketing of pain killers. The makers of Nurofen have been accused of selling the same formulation at different prices for different conditions and claiming in ...
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Is Daniel Tammet a savant? [closed]

I was reading about the so called 'savant' Daniel Tammet after I saw the TV show Brain Man. After I read the book "Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Foer I read that Daniel Tammet's real name was ...
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Are people who love inspirational quotes less intelligent?

An article in the Daily Beast claims the following: A new study finds that people who love bullshit inspirational quotes have lower intelligence and more "conspiratorial ideations". Life ...
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Does one's personality set in at seven year's old?

A 2010 LiveScience article says: Our personalities stay pretty much the same throughout our lives, from our early childhood years to after we're over the hill, according to a new study. The ...
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Is the Stockholm Syndrome a real effect?

BusinessInsider writes in Stockholm Syndrome could be a Myth: The New Yorker's new profile of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart makes an intriguing point about Stockholm Syndrome: It isn't a ...
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Does masturbation increase self-esteem?

BetterHealth writes about Masturbation: Some of the general health benefits of masturbation may include that it: [...] enhances self-esteem. 2KnowMyself writes in Why masturbation lowers ...
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Is it true that online therapy for mental conditions is as good, if not better, as in person? [closed]

I've red a number of articles claiming that online therapy, in particular for mental disorders, is more effective than in person therapy. Though they do site studies, I find this very hard to believe ...
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Asch's Conformity Experiment (1951) ; different sources have different results

In Asch's conformity experiment, a simple test was given to a room full of subjects. Secretly, only one subject was being tested and the rest of the subjects were confederates who all gave the same ...
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Is there an imbalance between males and females in: problem-solving speed, aptitude to group work and emotional influence on actions? [closed]

According to pop-psychology book "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" written by relationship counselor John Gray, men and women think and feel in fundamentally different ways and should learn ...
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Do Vietnamese schools officially require students to write with their right hands?

The Wikipedia article about bias against left-handed people states that In Vietnam, schools officially require students to write with their right hands, and some teachers of Grade 1 (when writing ...
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Does our subconscious not understand negation? [closed]

Supposedly our subconscious cannot understand negatives. Therefore we should formulate all our goals in a positive way. Instead of writing down "Don't smoke" as a goal we should use "Be smoke free". ...
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Can one hour of TV per day worsen GCSE grades?

Earlier today, I read a scientific article in the British newspaper The Daily Mail. The article in question states that one hour of TV/electronic devices can worsen your performance in GCSEs. A ...
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Is the world record for staying in an anechoic chamber an hour or less?

There is an anechoic chamber in Minneapolis, supposedly the "quietest place on earth", with isolated walls that absorb 99.99% of all echoes. It is claimed that the world record for staying in this ...
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Does painting a room pink make it calming?

It is sometimes suggested that pink is a soothing color. For example, About.com says: Pink is thought to have a calming effect. One shade known as "drunk-tank pink" is sometimes used in prisons ...
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Are new parents generally unhappy?

According to this article on Vice giving birth, and raising a child for at least the first few years, makes the parent miserable/unhappy. A horrifying study published last week in the journal ...
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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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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 ...