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Top new questions this week:

Valence conveyed in simple geometric shapes

I've seen neuroscience and facial recognition studies that give evidence for this idea of simple geometric shapes causing emotional responses or quicker recognition of negative affect. Are there ...

cognitive-psychology cognitive-neuroscience emotion reference-request experimental-psychology  
asked by Dyslexic 4 votes
answered by mrt 1 vote

Why do Spiritual people try to sleep less?

In Monasteries and other spiritual contexts, there seems to be a "rule" that sleep is wasted time, and so the usual daily schedule only allows for about 4-5 hours of sleep. This might be enough for an ...

asked by no comprende 3 votes

Infants tend to look longer at novel stimuli than at repeated stimuli, is this true in adults?

I have recently read an article in which it is stated, that the researchers can discriminate if a baby knows an object, by looking at the length of time the baby looks at the object. Do adults also ...

neurobiology attention  
asked by emanuele 2 votes

Is touch sensitivity higher for females?

I read a long time ago that in a study of two-week old infants response to touch, the female babies were far and away more sensitive. In most gender comparisons, there are the familiar "two humps" in ...

sensation sex-differences  
asked by no comprende 2 votes

During synchronized waves oscillation (alpha beta etc...) do neurons fire only once for each wave cycle?

Or can they fire few times then pause and again, firefew times and pause periodically? If the second case happens then do we know if the neurons that fire in synchronity fire the same number of ...

neurobiology theoretical-neuroscience neural-network  
asked by borilla 1 vote
answered by Empty Brain 0 votes

Thinking about not existing

Whenever I see pictures of our universe, I always try to think about not existing. Recently I found this website and started thinking about it. Usually what when we talk about this, we imagine a void, ...

asked by Bobby 1 vote

When we say signals go from one cortical area to an other one do we mean they go directly without going through the thalamus for example?

Or is it implied signals always have to go back and forth between the thalamus and the cortex? Or is it possible they do both at the same time? Or maybe for areas next to each others they can go ...

neurobiology theoretical-neuroscience neural-network  
asked by borilla 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why don't people read instructions?

Some people are very careless when reading instruction on a work task they've been given or in reading any other kind of text. They would skip some of the sentences, not get deep into other and ...

cognitive-psychology motivation intelligence reading human-factors  
asked by drabsv 5 votes
answered by Jeromy Anglim 4 votes

Is there evidence that brain and mind are separate?

I've heard countless discussions about whether or not the mind is separate from the brain, but they have all been philosophical. I am looking for peer-reviewed studies that suggest the mind is not ...

asked by user1006 14 votes
answered by Dan M. 28 votes

Can you answer these?

Links between biases and personality?

I was thinking of how a lot of people are biased against overweight people. . One of the answers considers how we tend to "take part" with those that remind us of ourselves, and we are biased against ...

asked by Berit Larsen 1 vote

How can higher concepts get unrolled with upward and feedback connections differing?

In the neocortex, input patterns are compressed hierarchically. Sensory inputs in the lower levels are combined by higher levels to form abstract concepts. However, there are even more feedback ...

neurobiology cognitive-neuroscience theoretical-neuroscience cognitive-modeling neural-network  
asked by danijar 1 vote

Is there a psychological concept about erratic (long term) memorisation?

I'm asking as much to improve my study skills as out of curiosity. Is there any research into when memorisation fails? Specifically, why the same person can sometimes routinely fail to remember ...

memory intelligence  
asked by user3293056 1 vote
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