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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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Does listening to rap music increase violent behavior?

Related (Kind of) Classical music in public places: does it affect violence? Do violent video games cause violent behavior? Can music incite murder? I've heard many people say that listening to rap, ...
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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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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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Is the Predictive Index® personality inventory for hiring based on scientific research?

I just heard of it (a friend has to take it) and it seems obvious that it's a product marketed directly to business people. I'd expect that the test isn't worth much because it was made in 1955 and ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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Do frank (but not gratuitous) discussions or depictions of sexuality traumatize children?

I've heard many parents, on several occasions, make statements to the effect that they believe it to be harmful to discuss sexuality openly and directly with young children (I'm talking about kids ...
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Does the Enneagram personality test have any established benefits?

Probably related: What does Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tell about a person? (LINK) I know a few people who are quite "into" the Enneagram (website), including some family members of mine. I was sent ...
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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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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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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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Do peoples' names affect their choice of career?

The classic purported around the interwebs is of Dennis the Dentist or Lawrence the Lawyer - the idea that a person is likely to choose a career or place to live because it reminds them of their name. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Did Lewandowsky use dodgy data in his paper showing correlation between free market and anti-science views?

In 2012 Australian psychologist Stephen Lewandowsky (and others) published a paper claiming to show that there was a significant correlation between beliefs in free market economics and the rejection ...
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Did Dave Elman contribute to an open heart surgery with hypnosis as the only anesthetic?

Colonel H.L. Elman (Dave's son): Among my father's many accomplishments, one that I treasure is the story of the man who was too weak for ANY of the many kinds of anesthesia drugs available in the ...
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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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Can split personalities have different physical traits?

It is sometimes claimed that the multiple personalities of a person with dissociative identity disorder may not only display different character, behaviour, and movement types, but even show different ...
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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 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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Can hypnosis increase breast size?

Dr Mark Griffiths Blog Also in 1977, Dr. Richard Willard published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. Using a slightly different technique to the previously published studies ...
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Does the Gruen Transfer exist?

The Gruen Transfer describes an effect that shopping malls are said to have on shoppers. In a 1992 essay, The World in a Shopping Mall, Dr. Margaret Crawford explains, in a discussion on the ...
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Span of Control: 5-7 direct subordinates of one manager

I keep hearing about "ideal" number of direct subordinates, which is 5 to 7. It's also called "Span of control" Span of control, also known as span of management, is a human resources management ...
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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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Did this study show that singing some vowels is “more joyful” than others?

The Wikipedia page for the Hare Krishna mantra provides some evidence that the mantra provides joy through the singing of certain vowels: In a 2010 experimental study involving both devotees and ...
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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 testing: ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Does the act of placing a bet make people much more confident in the outcome of a prediction?

Robert Cialdini writes in his book Influence about a principle he calls "Commitment and Consistency": A STUDY DONE BY A PAIR OF CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGISTS (KNOX & Inkster, 1968) uncovered something ...
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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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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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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? http://www....
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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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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 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 concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion?

From Concern for equality linked to logic, not emotion by Lisa Wade, PhD, May 6, 2014, at 09:00 am A new study finds that people with high “justice sensitivity” are using logic, not emotions....
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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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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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Suicide and social networks

Social media platforms provide potential opportunities for individuals to connect to support or treatment they need. For instance, social media posts that convey messages of despair or a pattern of ...