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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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Is the claim of liberalism being a psychological disorder accurate?

Michael Savage thinks so. A psychiatrist, Dr. Lyle Rossiter wrote a book about it back in 2006, and thinks so as well. Rossiter says the kind of liberalism being displayed by both Barack Obama and ...
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Are university research studies involving children a money making scheme?

I would like to point out that this question is from a dubious and unverified claim that I had encountered. I thoroughly searched the internet for any information on such claims but could not find ...
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Does Denver International Airport display murals of conquering stormtroopers and dead children?

Some people experience unease going through the airport, and it seems best to provide something soothing and uncontroversial to look at while walking to the aircraft .... like advertising. Certainly ...
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Explanation for regularly hearing music of no apparent source?

My grandfather considers himself a skeptic. His wife (my grandmother) recently passed away, and ever since, he swears that he can hear distant ethereal music late at night, every night, and only in ...
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Is the placebo effect dependent on the amount of belief in it?

For example, are people with habitually skeptical attitudes less likely to benefit from the placebo effect? Has this been studied? (For instance, one might seek a correlation based on professions ...
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Can humans influence the outcome of random event generators with their mind?

Roger D. Nelson, PhD (Experimental Psychology), claims to have proven using scientific methods that humans can influence the outcome of random number/event generators (RNG or REG) with their mind. The ...
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Has lucid dreaming been scientifically observed?

I found this anecdote in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman. In the passage below, Feynman describes his attempts to analyze his dreams I also noticed that as you go to sleep the ...
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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 ...
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Are men 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women?

This is something I found on Tumblr: I also found this on Flickr (image license): This image was posted to Reddit: Does this claim have any scientific basis at all?
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Are psychopaths more intelligent than people in general?

A common trope in popular culture regarding psychopaths is that they are above average to extremely intelligent. Granted, smart psychopaths make for a more interesting villain (or anti-heroes), but ...
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Are blind listening tests flawed?

Blind listening tests are strongly critiqued by Robert Harley in this editorial, published in The Absolute Sound. Harley seems to think the tests prove nothing. Every few years, the results of some ...
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Is racism a natural instinct?

It is sometimes claimed that racism could be the result of a natural instinct, something we overcame due to civilization. For example, Charles Miller made that claim in 1999 in the Anomalist. "But ...
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Do psychopaths lack a conscience?

It is often claimed that psychopaths lack a conscience. There was even a book named after the claim. A review of that book states: As the title suggests, psychopaths are qualitatively different ...
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Do Psychopaths act all (or most) of the time?

I've heard the claim that psychopaths are constantly, or at least most of the time acting in order to manipulate people, most recently on an episode of Supernatural, episode 15 of season 7. The ...
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Are there an unusually large number of people with Asperger's who work in or study IT or Computer Science?

I hear it claimed very often that there is a higher incidence of people with Asperger's Syndrome who work in IT or study computer science (far more so than other fields). This wired article touches ...
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Is sadomasochism more prevalent in England than in other countries?

In an interview Keira Knightley talks about her film A Dangerous Method which features sadomasochistic scenes: I did think about turning it down because of the two scenes of a sadomasochistic ...
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Do the effects of Chromotherapy have support in scientific literature?

The above mentioned picture made it to my Facebook feed. While it doesn't sound unreasonable that there can be a psychological effect of some colors, I got a bit skeptical regarding the claim that ...
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Does white noise improve concentration?

Sites like http://whitenoisemp3s.com and http://www.simplynoise.com, as well as a multitude of "concentration apps" on Android Market and iPhone App Store propose the idea that white noise improves ...
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Would an eyemask obscure a persons identity?

Often in movies and comics characters wear a simple mask around the eyes, which seems successful at hiding their identities. Examples would be Zorro, Green Lantern, Robin Image source Is there any ...
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Does it take 21 days to form a habit?

The Meme: It takes at least 21 days to form a habit. Personal Development It Takes 21 Days To Form A Habit Research shows that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Get Things Done - It ...
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Do people always think of the same vegetable?

Think of the number six. Now - name a vegetable! It is claimed that people, when asked for a random vegetable, will typically pick the same one. (Spoiler below. Once you have guessed, click or hover ...
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Do a large majority of tourists think they're more sophisticated than the average?

Have there been any studies on whether tourists are affected by the Lake Woebegon effect (also known as illusory superiority) in terms of their level of sophistication? Do a significant majority of ...
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Are red heads more likely to be hot headed?

It's a common cliche that red heads are more likely to have a fiery personality. To quote from Wikipedia: A common belief about redheads is that they have fiery tempers and sharp tongues. In ...
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Do “scare kids straight” programmes reduce criminal activity?

It seems obvious to many people that if the consequences of an activity are sufficiently scary people will naturally avoid the activity. If the consequences of criminal activity are frequent death, ...
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Are simian lines and personality correlated?

First, to define what a Simian Line is, I will quote from the Wikipedia page. In humans, a single transverse palmar crease is a single crease that extends across the palm of the hand, formed by ...
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Does “reverse psychology” work?

I am curious on if the prohibition or persuasion of something increases the odds of someone wanting to do the opposite of that. Here is the definition of reverse psychology: Reverse psychology is ...
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Did 12 girls from the same high school contract a Tourette-syndrome like illness?

I just ran into this video from the Today Show about 12 girls from the same high school in New York who supposedly contracted something producing involuntary tics and vocal outbursts similar to ...
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Does listening to negative emotive music help dealing with negative emotions?

My girlfriend tends to listen to music that express how she feels at a given moment. For example, if she's feeling frustrated then the lyrics of the songs she listens will be of frustration. Does ...
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Is there a relationship between yellow and moods?

A commonly held belief in visual arts and graphic design is that colours communicate specific moods. Let's concentrate on the colour yellow, for example here: The color yellow gives one a warm and ...
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Is homosexuality genetic or can it be unlearned in one of those (christian) camps [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is homosexuality innate? I suppose I was trying to be tad too PC earlier. I've seen quite a few anti-gay person saying that homosexuality is something that is learned and can ...
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Does our brain make ourselves look five times more beautiful than we really are?

This "random fact" has been going on for a few days and no one seems to know it's source or if it's supported by any reliable research. If the research does exist I'd be much interested in checking ...
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Is the Rorschach test a reliable diagnostic tool for psychologists?

Is the Rorschach test a reliable diagnostic tool for psychologists? Wikipedia says (at the top of the page): It has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where ...
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Does Lemon Balm calm the nervous system?

Min Publications has an alternative therapy article that mentions: Around AD 1000, the Persian herbalist Avicenna recommended lemon balm "to make the heart merry." In Europe, this herb was sipped ...
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Is there any harm in forcing/re-educating a left-handed child to use their right hand?

Backstory: Many of my relatives were subjected by their parents to a "training process" to "prevent" left-hand-dominance. This method started at a very young age and basically consisted of politely ...
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Does a full bladder help maintain mental focus?

According to this newspaper article David Cameron has used this technique: a source revealed that the Prime Minister was “desperate for a pee” during the marathon dinner summit in the Justus ...
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Are fat people happier?

We all know Santa Claus is a big jolly guy, but is it true that fat people are happier than slim people? They teamed up with colleagues across Europe to study the lifestyles of thousands of people ...
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Does objectifying women in advertisement cause violence against their gender?

While watching a trailer to a video on advertisement's image of women the following statement is made: It creates a climate where there is wide spread violence against women. I am not at all saying ...
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Does perceived peer acceptance have any significant influence on adult anti-social behavior?

This question was spawned as the result of a comment on another question I am sure there are a number of jokes {about rape}! I am not so sure that they are told so commonly to make any difference ...
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Do rapists think rape is normal?

I have found the following statement on an article of feminism: Do you know who think all men are rapists? Rapists do. They really do. In psychological study, the profiling, the studies, it comes ...
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Do 50% of self reported homosexual teens no longer self report as homosexual by their twenties?

A claim I heard last night from a "chastity expert" was that about 50% of teens who self reported as homosexual ceased self reporting as homosexual sometime in their twenties. Standing and saying "...
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Do men show greater variance in the distribution of their IQ than women?

It is frequently claimed that men show greater variance in the distribution of their general intelligence factor (g) ("IQ") than women. Is that claim accepted by the scientific community?
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Does LSD provide a creativity boost?

The claim is of course widely known: LSD "broadens your thinking" and makes you "more creative". The last incarnation was Steve Jobs' biography taking a swipe at Bill Gates: “He’d be a broader ...
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Was the experiment with five monkeys, a ladder, a banana and a water spray conducted?

I've found the following picture online. It is about the moral/paradigm behind consistent behavior. Click to enlarge. The image text says A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage and ...
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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 ...
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Does the color red make you hungrier?

I'll quote something I found by googling red hungry: A variety of colors can trigger hunger. The most influential colors in terms of food are: red, orange, yellow. [...] A color psychologist ...
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Is allowing an infant to cry harmful to its development? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is sleep training a form of neglect or harmful? One of the most popular schools of thought regarding modern parenting is that not immediately responding to an infant's (...
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Does drinking hot beverages on a hot day make a person feel cooler? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is drinking hot water more beneficial during hot weather? Over the years I've heard from various people that drinking hot beverages on a hot day will make you feel cooler. ...
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Does visualization improve focus and goal achievement?

A number of self help authors teach some kind of variation of visualization techniques to help with focus and/or goal achievement. David Allen's "Getting Things Done" dedicates part of the book to ...