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Top new questions this week:

Do people who lose their faith tend to replace it with other non-evidence-based reasoning?

I was watching this talk by Phil Plait given at TAM(The Amazing Meeting) 8. You can find a partial transcript here. It will help provide some context. In the talk he makes the following claim: …

cognitive-psychology social-psychology religion  
asked by I like Cake 7 votes

What is the minimum angle off horizontal before a line visually appears inclined at first glance?

Here is a straight line, which visually looks like a straight line: At first look (lets say minimum 2–3 sec.) the line below looks straight, but after some time you can see that it is actually an …

cognitive-psychology perception vision categorisation  
asked by vasili111 5 votes
answered by Michael Zuschlag 2 votes

Psychology of brand names

Marketers use the fact that different letters are associated with different mental images and emotions when they create brand names. Studies show that letters and their combinations produce …

advertising-psychology  
asked by what 4 votes

What is the source for the W3C's Contrast Ratio formula?

The Word Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a formula for the contrast ratio of any two arbitrary colors, which they use to set minimum standards for text legibility: …

vision  
asked by Mark Ransom 3 votes

What method(s) are available which demonstrably increase a person's g factor, (assuming such are available)?

Following up on this question: What method(s) are available which demonstrably increase a person's* g factor, (assuming such are available)? (*if a specific target individual is necessary to respond …

intelligence brain-training  
asked by Guest 2 votes

What factors affect the g factor?

Is / are there any scientific studies on factors which affect the general intelligence (g) factor? I did a Google search, but could not find any academic papers on the topic.

intelligence  
asked by Guest 2 votes
answered by Jeromy Anglim 4 votes

ADHD Symptoms Emerging in Adolescence or Young Adulthood

I recently read a fascinating article about the pattern of young women receiving ADHD diagnoses after first displaying symptoms in their late teens or early twenties, typically corresponding to …

abnormal-psychology developmental-psychology adhd gender  
asked by lea 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the psychology behind trolling?

For those new to the internet, trolling is an activity where one person intentionally tries to upset other members of the same community, presumably for entertainment. This has been informally …

abnormal-psychology social-psychology internet  
asked by zergylord 21 votes
answered by Jeromy Anglim 15 votes

How is fasting related to insomnia?

Yesterday I started a new diet using intermittent fasting. For this reason I only ate one meal all day. I was pretty surprised how well I passed that day: I studied a lot, did some sports and …

neurobiology sleep  
asked by Jon 9 votes
answered by caseyr547 10 votes

Can you answer this?

Hypnosis: Different inductions' - rapid and non-rapid

I have been learning about hypnosis, inductions etc. and I have heard how there is a spectrum of how able people are to be hypnotised. There are those who will go into trance at the drop of a hat, and …

hypnosis  
asked by mehmenmike 1 vote
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