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Top new questions this week:

Is there any study on the effectiveness of taking notes in a lecture vs taking notes on written materials?

In many lectures I heard, I basically copied the lecture notes of the professor from the board into my notebook (I study mathematics). For me those lectures are comparable with going into the library, ...

reference-request learning  
asked by gerd87654 15 votes
answered by jakebeal 8 votes

Pre- vs post-synaptic

I am unclear as to the exact meaning of the terms pre-synaptic and post-synaptic. Specifically, do they refer to the same neuron, either transmitting or receiving, before and after the chemical ...

asked by wildetudor 6 votes
answered by Chris Stronks 6 votes

Does your voice pitch affect your perceived authority?

I heard a claim that people with lower voice pitch are perceived as more credible than people with higher pitch. Is there any research on this?

social-psychology perception audition trust  
asked by Berit Larsen 5 votes
answered by Josh 5 votes

Do the colour blind have a distinct visual cortex structure?

Studying the structure of the visual cortex, it seems there are many neural structures specifically dedicated to detecting and interpreting colour. For example, parvocellular cells are particularly ...

neurobiology cognitive-neuroscience vision plasticity  
asked by Seanny123 5 votes
answered by Chris Stronks 6 votes

Definition of or research on fun

What does research have to say about defining "fun"--what it is or when it happens? I've found some research on whether or not people rate specific things as fun, and lots of misleading titles with ...

asked by Krysta 3 votes

What study examined the effect of number of traumatic life events on falling into poverty?

I recall a study that concluded the risk of falling into poverty / homelessness increases dramatically after experiencing 5 (or 7?) traumatic life events, such as Death of a loved one Abandonment by ...

social-psychology reference-request sociology  
asked by user44212 2 votes

Where to find images of the same faces with and without glasses for experiment?

I am looking to replicate the findings of Leder, forster, and Gerger (2011) in their publication of the glasses stereotype revisited. I intend to examine the same conditions of no-glasses, rimmed ...

cognitive-psychology social-psychology perception data  
asked by David Goddard 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How is intelligence correlated to beauty?

Recently, I read several interesting questions on the web about the relationship between IQ and general intelligence and physiological symmetry. But more importantly, what explains the correlation? Or ...

intelligence evolution physical-attraction  
asked by Yuruk 20 votes
answered by JackJackson 20 votes

Why do people laugh in serious situations?

I've seen people (including myself) that laugh for no apparent reason in really serious situations, such as in an argument or when receiving bad news. Although the other party is clearly very upset, ...

social-psychology emotion physiology humour  
asked by Eric B 10 votes
answered by user3554 9 votes

Can you answer these?

Comparative functional neuroanatomy: humans & octopodes

Cephalopod brains are toroidal (high surface area to volume ratios!), with the esophagus passing through the, uh, donut hole; octopodes are very intelligent, particularly spatially. Where can I find ...

animal-cognition neuroanatomy spatial-cognition comparative-cognition  
asked by Krysta 3 votes

Research on computational models of physiological mechanisms in affective neuroscience at a biochemical level

As computational neuroscience has the mainstream on single neuron/network modelling for biochemical aspect, and computational modelling of physiological mechanism of hippocampus for analytic study of ...

cognitive-neuroscience theoretical-neuroscience computational-modeling  
asked by Xingdong Zuo 1 vote

sources on ethical replication of pain for testing effects on cognitive functions

I have devised a study that may provide an ethical way to invoke similar behaviours in participants, as those demonstrated by individuals in pain. Obviously it is extremely hard to correctly test ...

cognitive-psychology perception experimental-psychology test pain  
asked by David Goddard 1 vote
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