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Can you predict a number that is "randomly" chosen by a person better than chance?

Yes, humans are more predictable than random chance. It is known as the "Blue-Seven Phenomena", because when asked for a colour and a number from one to nine, these perform beyond expectation. This ...
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Does the US Armed Forces refuse to recruit anyone with an IQ less than 83?

Our sister site, Law StackExchange, has this same question: Is it truly illegal for the US army to hire someone with IQ less than 83?, with a high-quality accepted answer. The answer is not a simple ...
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Do men feel threatened by intelligent women?

This is the study the article mentions. Does the study have those conclusions? Not really. The experimental results could equally be explained by a simpler conclusion, that people are less likely to ...
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Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle prank 12 men into fleeing their countries?

TL;DR: Rated (old) urban legend Based on this website, this story dates from as far back as 1897, from a magazine called "The Strand". This appears in a section which looks like a ...
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Is low emotional intelligence associated with right-wing and prejudiced attitudes?

The short answer The study in question (Van Hiel et al. 2019) has been published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. It presents empirical support for the hypothesis that emotional abilities ...
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Is CEO the "profession" with the most psychopaths?

The table provided is directly copied from page 173 of The Wisdom of Psychopaths. It explains the source is The Great British Psychopath Study, where self-selected people submit their own ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

We cannot be sure exactly what happened 7 centuries ago; we only have the one account. However something akin to this experiment did occur, albeit without the controlled conditions. In Romania during ...
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Does vegetarian sweat smell better?

"Smell" is a sense that is said to be more directly tied to emotional processing in the brain than other senses. But all interpretations of sensory information is subject to subjectivity. And smell is ...
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Did the Ontario College of Psychologists demand that Jordan P Peterson attend 'communication retraining'?

Yes, they have required Jordan Peterson to attend training sessions. The College has required Jordan Peterson to complete a SCERP. In a decision released on November 22, 2022, the Inquiries, ...
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Did depressed people far more accurately estimate how many monsters they killed in a video game?

In addition to the two versions of the claim in the question, the claim is repeated here by Andrew Solomon. I could not find other instances of the claim online. The article seems to have been ...
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Can you predict a number that is "randomly" chosen by a person better than chance?

Human beings are really bad at picking random numbers. The reason is that we are hard-wired to identify patterns in nature -- even to the extent of seeing patterns where none exist. But while this ...
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Does the US Armed Forces refuse to recruit anyone with an IQ less than 83?

This popular science article, generally backs up Peterson's claims. All military recruits must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) to qualify for enlistment. The ASVAB is ...
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Is the placebo effect getting stronger?

A recent study has suggested that effectiveness of placebo treatments increased over the years in the US, in patients suffering from neuropathic pain. Increasing placebo responses over time in U.S. ...
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Is low emotional intelligence associated with right-wing and prejudiced attitudes?

Here are the relevant paragraphs from the intro to the paywalled paper justifying the first line of the abstract: Over the years however, it has been acknowledged that right-wing authoritarianism ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

YES That seems not only very plausible. There is very little reason to doubt. The actual, concrete picture may be just illustrative, manipulated, misattributed or the exact kindergarten picture ...
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Did Brené Brown claim her research showed that women are disappointed and disgusted by male vulnerability?

On the same site, in a different article, Horsmon provides more context to his claim: The article continued the discussion Brene Brown started in her book, Daring Greatly, where she addresses male ...
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Are young liberal women more likely to have a mental health condition?

Not based on this evidence. Your first source claims "A 2020 Pew Research study reveals that over half of white, liberal women have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point.&...
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Are liberal/left-wing people more intelligent than conservative/right-wing people?

A lot of the discussion on this topic was provoked by a peer-reviewed study published in 2012. Quoting from the abstract: We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability ...
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Is CEO the "profession" with the most psychopaths?

There's an interesting recent paper by Spencer and Bryne (2016), which may shed some light on this, but also raises more questions. It seems that at least in a "typical" corporate structure, there is ...
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Are men expressing homophobia more likely to be homosexual?

There is a study by Ryan et al about this topic. They also discuss the results of the study in this post at Rochester as well as this NYT article: Using this methodology we identified a subgroup of ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

Not directly related to your source(s), but see the article pit of despair on Wikipedia. Warning, the article and the experiment itself can be rather disturbing. Harlow's first experiments involved ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

Inconclusive. The first instance of the image being on the internet was an anonymous Reddit post from 27 September 2018 that offered no proof of it being legitimate. The photo and Reddit link that @...
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Does a female breast shape predict personality?

The article only mentions unnamed "German scientists" for its claim. The only person named by name is Karen Weatherby, and she is used to support a different claim (looking at breasts is healthy). ...
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Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

As per Wikipedia's by-country list of depression in "Epidemiology of depression": Rank Country DALY rate ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 United States 1,454.74 127 Russia ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

In addition to the other answers I would like to clarify that Salimbene indeed described an experiment in which the children died of social isolation. Here is the original excerpt1: Secunda eius ...
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Is a woman who dresses sexually suggestively more likely to get raped?

The odd thing about this question—of whether women who dress in a more sexually provocative way are more likely to be raped or otherwise sexually abused—is that people's beliefs about it have been ...
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Does the gorilla, Koko, have an IQ in the range 70-95?

Evidence: The tests given to Koko the gorilla were Cattell Infant Intelligence Scale, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Ravens Progressive Matrices and Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of ...
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Is the story of the Fourth Cookie true?

An experiment like the one described happened. How accurate that depiction is of what actually happened is unknown, as no paper was ever published covering the study and now the details are lost to ...
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Is listening to lossy audio more tiring than lossless audio?

Verdict: Unlikely. Theoretical Background The term "lossy" refers to loss of information - that is, the decompressed audio does not exactly match the uncompressed raw audio - and as a result,...
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