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Theory about Internet and judging personal probabilities already exist?

I have an original pet theory I came up with a long time ago involving the Internet and how people judge probability. It probably would fall into the anthropological, sociological or psychological fields. I'm not intending to make this post to discuss the theory itself as a sort of "let's b.s. back and forth about my idea" kind of thing. Reason I'm posting is because I'd like to know if this theory already exists or is an application of something broader that already exists. Maybe it's a theory being applied onto the communications medium of the Internet of some older theory in one of the above field(s) of study, or maybe it's a piecemeal construction of a few theories spliced together. Anyway, enough babbling, actual theory after the cut. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Can children detect on some level when love is not genuine?

Can children detect on some level when love is not genuine? An example would be when a parent is affectionate to spite their own parents as if to say "This is what you were supposed to do with me," rather than doing so out of a genuine feeling towards the child. Acting the part without the emotion and connection to back it. Can this be perceived by the child and perhaps effect their emotional development? If so, to what degree could this hinder them in the long term?
posted by mrflibble on Jan 1, 2014 - 22 answers

Day in The Life of a professor or research scientist

I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the daily experience of a university researcher in either psychology or the basic sciences as well as a meta-review of the job as a whole. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Mar 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Breaking Societal Norms: The quintessential sociology assignment. Help!

I am taking a very new, unique class this semester at my university, which has a final project related to "breaking social norms." The teacher implied the project should most likely have some videotaping or physical results, and manipulate social norms for a better/more positive outcome. Sky is the limit on this project, there are very few guidelines and boundaries, and I'm not sure where to go with it. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by unmouton88 on Jan 24, 2013 - 29 answers

Is there a science of division?

Is there a science of division? (i.e. Models of the phenomenon that communities often split into two blocs with some degree of mutual antagonism. And/or empirical data that such models could be compared against.) [more inside]
posted by philipy on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Finding interesting soc/psych research to discuss

A group of friends and I, all recent college graduates, have decided to meet weekly to discuss interesting recent sociology and psychology research. How would we go about finding it outside of ScienceDaily, and - more importantly - how can we access it now that we're all without database access?
posted by LSK on Jul 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Psychology of core belief changes

Have you or someone you have known ever radically changed a core belief system? How and why does deep psychological change occur? [more inside]
posted by j03 on Jun 10, 2012 - 43 answers

How to a influence and achieve organizational change?

How do you help guide others to recognize, accept, and work towards a unified vision resulting in orgazational change? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on May 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Culture and groupthink.

Is there a cultural dynamic to groupthink? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Mar 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Sorry, suburban white straw people, for encouraging this

What are some good articles and resources about human fascination with offensive/violent art and occurrences? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on Dec 16, 2011 - 6 answers

How did mainstream liberals lose their direction (and cojones)?

[Distraught Progressive Filter] I need a postmortem on liberalism in the United States. [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Sep 18, 2011 - 28 answers

How can I avoid some rookie mistakes?

Any non-obvious tips for conducting a successful interview? I'm looking for perspectives both in general and also considering my situation. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Sep 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking Beyond Catharsis

Where can one find resources on exploring psychology through film and literature? Which films, books, music, websites, and other media should be included in a psychology collection? How does media use psychology techniques in film making? Which media explain psychology subjects well? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Mar 7, 2011 - 8 answers

One-Eyed Shrinks?

I cannot for the life of me remember the name of a particular social psychologist (personality psychologist? plain old psychologist?) who I learned about in a Psych 101 class. All I remember is he had an eyepatch and an unusually colorful or bizarre personal life. [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Feb 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Book suggestions?

I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Dec 12, 2010 - 46 answers

Biology = Destiny

Can you recommend a book chapter or article that summarizes the biological and/or psychological perspectives on gender without devolving into straw-man attacks or interdepartmental backbiting? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Aug 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Swedish youth riots on a New Year's in 1953?

Industrial society and its past: Trying to find details and specifics about spontaneous youth riots on a New Year's Eve in Stockholm, Sweden in the 1950s. [more inside]
posted by renovatio1 on Jul 12, 2010 - 2 answers

Fun, interesting books about psychology and sociology?

What are some interesting pop-psychology or pop-sociology books that I could read this summer? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jul 6, 2010 - 21 answers

Why men in the VIP are insecure?

Help me find this article: It's written buy a guy who used to work at nightclubs & it's an "inside look" at how nightclubs are designed to make men feel inferior & insecure so that they get expensive VIP table service. My google-fu has failed me and I don't remember where I saw the article. [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Jul 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Old Friends Old Flames

Does anyone know of any research into social media platforms and the phenomena of looking up people from one's past? Surveys? Sociological Research?
posted by elis on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I handle a fundamental conflict between my worldview and that of society at large?

I have certain feelings, beliefs, and opinions that don't seem to match those of the rest of the Western World. I feel like I'm going crazy. What, if anything, can I do to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by Xezlec on Jan 24, 2010 - 121 answers

Witty title about online college and sociology.

I have found a grad program I am interested in that seems like a good join between my interests and making money. However, I need to have a little more soc/psych before I begin taking it. I am trying to find online classes to accomplish this but I'm having trouble finding A) affordable and B) online. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jan 19, 2010 - 2 answers

Eye contact

Why do (American) women tend to avoid casual eye contact with men as they walk by, enter an elevator, etc... I know there is the obvious issue of not wanting to appear “interested” or send a sexual signal...but does that explain everything? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Dec 16, 2009 - 79 answers

Uh...hang on, just give me a minute.

What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on Oct 12, 2009 - 44 answers

Recommend me some pseudo-scientific art please.

Looking for examples of artists using scientific, sociological, mathematical, ethnographic, or psychological devices in their practice. Bonus points for funny. [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight on Sep 12, 2009 - 20 answers

"Rules of Thumb" and "Instincts" of the Human Mind

What "rules of thumb" or "instincts" of the human mind are commonly applicable? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jul 21, 2009 - 23 answers

What do we know about gregariousness in human behavior?

What do we know about gregariousness in human behavior? [more inside]
posted by bru on Jul 7, 2009 - 14 answers

Looking for a picture that would be worth 1,000 words

I'm trying to find a psychological/sociological study on men and women's views of the ideal female body type. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh on Oct 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Psych Major

What are your favorite books and sites/blogs about psychology and sociology. I have become increasingly interested in these subjects after reading Cialdini's 'Influence' and Ariely's 'Predictably Irrational'. I have read a few of Maslow's books and find them fascinating. I would be bored stiff reading the DSM or Freud. I am interested in social psychology, i/o psychology, and things like Group Think, Propinquity, and the Ben Franklin Effect.
posted by kaizen on Oct 1, 2008 - 18 answers

Most important social psychology books of past 50 years?

What have been the most important books in social science (including psychology, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, "applied" social sciences like marketing, and so on) of the past 50 years?
posted by Malad on Jun 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Speculative fiction that explores psychology/sociology?

What's some speculative fiction that uses magic or fictional technology to explore psychology, sociology, or political science in a deep way? I'm not as much interested here in fabulous monsters or space operas or even deep thinking about physics -- I'm interested in books that explore the nature of the mind and/or human society by imagining a world that worked differently.
posted by shivohum on Apr 13, 2008 - 45 answers

Serial killers serve X purpose in society...solve for X.

I am 96% sure that I have read/heard from a reputable source that murderers, especially serial killers, are an inherent reflection of Western society, and that both actual murderers and fictional portrayals are important significant elements. Part A: Is this just a half-remembered bit of dialogue from some prime-time criminal procedural, and Part B: if not, where is it from? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Mar 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me find interesting anthropology/sociology books.

Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Dec 20, 2007 - 11 answers

Concurrence between online and offline personality?

Anyone know of any well-written studies detailing how different psychological makeups of internet users affect the development of internet communities? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Feb 2, 2007 - 2 answers

Sociopaths and their retail victims

HumanBehaviorFilter: Why are some customers so nasty to the people serving them? [more inside]
posted by LightStruk on Oct 5, 2006 - 72 answers

Lumpy Earth---gravity's effects on us?

Gravity/Life/SocietyFilter: So the Earth is all lumpy, with more or less gravity in some places. Has anyone ever corroborated it with life/social/world things? Many questions inside... [more inside]
posted by amberglow on Feb 18, 2006 - 33 answers

Ethics of online research

I am a research assistant for a project that involves studying participants in a website for a particular deviant sexuality. I think my research methodology is unethical, but my supervisor disagrees. What can I do? Is the internet a public or private place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2005 - 47 answers

Difference between psych and soc?

What is the real difference between psychology and sociology? Does a concise and thorough explanation exist anywhere? I'm thinking particularly in terms of social interactions and The Self. Both seem to be viable topics in both sociology and psychology. I perceive a lot of overlap between the two disciplines. Am I wrong? Do sociologists and psychologist agree with me?
posted by lalalana on Nov 15, 2005 - 13 answers

Any academic-type literature on furry fandom?

Has there been any serious evaluation of the psychology and sociology behind furry fandom? Or is it usually only mentioned as a subgroup of fandoms in general?
posted by monsterhero on Sep 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Intelligence then and now.

Do you think you are a smarter person than the average upper-middle class person of 300 years ago? [more inside]
posted by ashbury on Jun 7, 2005 - 37 answers

How do you explain heartbreak?

What is the psychology/biology/(insert)-ology behind what we commonly refer to as "heartbreak?"
posted by playtragic on Mar 31, 2005 - 11 answers

Reality of the Stanford Prison Experiment

Everytime I read about the Stanford Prison Experiment, I become skeptical. I can believe the kinds of things that are described happened, I just can't believe they happened so fast. Is there any evidence things didn't happen as described, that the happenings were exaggerated?
posted by weston on Aug 28, 2004 - 28 answers

Information Age books

I'm looking for any books (or studies), recommendations that might tackle the dynamics and relationships of repression/suppression psychological mechanisms and profit-driven media in the so-called "Information Age," and its possible effect in societies.

I'd love to see serious research into the current notion that humans are indeed straying from preexisting social formations thanks to electrical and electronic communication systems (i.e. "growing desensitized"). Thanks in advance. Any related info is welcome, and truly appreciated. Psych majors/graduates? Social theory majors/graduates? [more inside]
posted by oog on Jul 18, 2004 - 2 answers

Group Behavior

Psychology/Sociology Q [I think?] Does anyone else experience participatory inhibition when immersed in a like minded group? For example, a creative person becoming unusually shy/quiet within a team of creative people working on a [design] task? Lurkers on MeFi or other online communities might be another example. Or, the opposite: a creative person's creativity amplified [uninhibited?] in the presence of less creative people?

Is it a matter of personality/psychology? Is it confidence/self assuredness? Is it alterable? Imaginary?!

Sources for further reading and help clarifying the question appreciated.
posted by yoga on Apr 30, 2004 - 6 answers

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