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Top new questions this week:

Is there a name for a scientist's resistance to disconfirmation of his or her theories?

Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's beliefs or hypotheses. And some results illustrate that people set higher standards of evidence …

cognitive-psychology reference-request bias  
asked by José Porcher 5 votes
answered by Nick Stauner 3 votes

Are there first person accounts of monothematic delusions?

Monothematic delusions are delusions that concern a single topic (Davies et al. 2001). They are often the result of acquired brain damage and include the Delusional Misidentification Syndromes, such …

abnormal-psychology reference-request psychiatry schizophrenia psychosis  
asked by José Porcher 4 votes
answered by José Porcher 2 votes

How do humans learn to combine tasks?

I've been reading about hierarchical learning (a variant of reinforcement learning from what I understand) and how it is shown to allow learning of a higher-level task (the main example is assembly). …

learning cognitive-modeling theoretical-neuroscience reinforcement-learning  
asked by Seanny123 3 votes
answered by Seanny123 2 votes

Origin of group-level statistics in psychology and cognitive neuroscience

In experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience today, with the exception of a few specific subdisciplines, the consensus seems to be that an experimental study has to be performed on a group of …

methodology statistics  
asked by A. Donda 3 votes

Are sensations of turbulence after flights proprioceptive hallucinations?

I noticed on several occasions after long-haul flights (greater than eight hours) that I would still feel a sensation of turbulence or movement as if I were still in the aircraft. These would be …

perception hallucinations  
asked by user1997744 2 votes
answered by anongoodnurse 3 votes

Frequency estimation in binary prediction task

In a binary prediction task, people often match choice probabilities to outcome probabilities (a phenomenon known as probability matching). However, under certain circumstances (eg, existence of a …

learning experimental-psychology reinforcement-learning  
asked by Milad 2 votes

What causes post-masturbation guilt?

Is there a study regarding guilt complex associated with masturbation? I am interested to what it can be traced down to. I wonder what actually happens in the brain before, during, and after the …

emotion sexuality  
asked by user3743672 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why are most people not persuaded by rational arguments?

The sentence could look as a provocation for many people, but the thoughts are not always rational and linear. But why this happens? Is it possible to give a short answer? "Counter to what you might …

cognitive-psychology communication  
asked by Revious 12 votes
answered by Roger 14 votes

Why do you sometimes write down one word while actually intending to write another?

I've caught myself writing (typing) "possible" instead of "possibly" a few times over the past few days, while I do intend to write "possibly". Only upon rereading the sentence I notice my mistake. …

cognitive-psychology language  
asked by Steven Jeuris 18 votes
answered by Jeff 10 votes

Can you answer these?

Why does my brain associate my physical body with myself and not somebody else?

Forgive me for lacking rigor, but if what I know is correct, it is established that consciousness and other higher functions characteristic of humans are a consequence of our cortex, specifically …

neurobiology perception consciousness philosophy-of-mind  
asked by w128 1 vote

Why dreams can be surprising?

If we all agree that dreams are created by our own minds, then how could some dreams surprise us, since, after all, all the things that could happen in a dream are made up by us, hence should be …

asked by D.F.J. 1 vote

Can microdialysis be made in Drosophila melanogaster?

Microdialysis is a common method to study the effects of drugs on specific mamal brains zones (mostly in rats), in order to study the it's interaction with the function of those specific areas that …

neurobiology methodology  
asked by Keber 1 vote
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