TagLast edit: 27 Nov 2020 16:46 UTC by Multicore

Psychology is the study of the mind. Typically, psychology focuses on the human mind, but animal minds are also sometimes studied.

Just like much of the research on animal psychology also applies to humans, research on human psychology may inform how we develop and use AI.

Modern psychology began with the Freudian model of psychoanalysis, which quickly supplanted the prevailing pseudosciences like phrenology. Psychoanalysis is now largely obsolete, and has been replaced by other schools. The most prominent among these include:

Behavioral Psychology, which focuses on observable learning and behavior.

Humanistic Psychology, which focuses on theories of self-actualization and self-help.

Cognitive Psychology, which uses modern research on brain anatomy and other subjects to create theories about how the brain learns, develops, and makes decisions.

From an academic standpoint, much of the content of Lesswrong can be described as trying to implement the results of Decision Theory to people’s daily actions using knowledge of human psychology. Sometimes, this involves overriding our native tendencies. Other times, it involves using them to our advantage.

Notes from “Don’t Shoot the Dog”

juliawise2 Apr 2021 16:34 UTC
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Philos­o­phy of Therapy

DaystarEld10 Oct 2020 20:12 UTC
107 points
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A Cri­tique of Lev­er­age Re­search’s Con­nec­tion Theory

Peter Wildeford20 Sep 2012 4:28 UTC
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[Question] If some­one you loved was ex­pe­rienc­ing un­remit­ting suffer­ing (re­lated to a con­stel­la­tion of multi-di­men­sional fac­tors and pro­cesses, those of which in­clude anoma­lous states of con­scious­ness and an ia­tro­genic men­tal health sys­tem), what would you think and what would you do?

Sara C3 Jul 2020 21:02 UTC
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Emo­tional reg­u­la­tion, Part I: a prob­lem summary

Swimmer9635 Mar 2012 23:10 UTC
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Emo­tional reg­u­la­tion Part II: re­search summary

Swimmer96319 Mar 2012 21:51 UTC
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The Im­por­tance of Sidekicks

Swimmer9638 Jan 2015 23:21 UTC
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[Question] What is re­quired to run a psy­chol­ogy study?

Raemon29 May 2019 6:38 UTC
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The Just World Hypothesis

michael_vassar29 Oct 2017 6:03 UTC
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jefftk15 Sep 2019 15:10 UTC
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Bo­gus Pipeline, Bona Fide Pipeline

Scott Alexander24 Mar 2009 0:10 UTC
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Black hole narratives

Alexei7 Jul 2019 4:07 UTC
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Prac­ti­cal Guidelines for Me­mory Reconsolidation

Matt Goldenberg13 Nov 2019 19:54 UTC
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Notes on Psychopathy

gwern19 Dec 2012 4:02 UTC
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Balance mo­ti­va­tion and discipline

toonalfrink7 Jan 2021 12:00 UTC
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You are Dis­so­ci­at­ing (prob­a­bly)

G Gordon Worley III4 Jan 2021 14:37 UTC
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28 so­cial psy­chol­ogy stud­ies from *Ex­per­i­ments With Peo­ple* (Frey & Gregg, 2017)

Yuxi_Liu16 Jun 2019 2:23 UTC
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Fol­low-up to Ju­lia Wise on “Don’t Shoot The Dog”

alexflint1 May 2021 19:07 UTC
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In­ter­nal In­for­ma­tion Cascades

JenniferRM25 Jun 2021 16:35 UTC
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[Question] Are there any web­sites that col­late use­ful psy­cholog­i­cal study re­sults?

Phoenix Eliot5 Sep 2021 21:45 UTC
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A Primer on the Sym­me­try The­ory of Valence

Michael Edward Johnson6 Sep 2021 11:39 UTC
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Book Re­view: Why Every­one (Else) Is a Hypocrite

PeterMcCluskey9 Oct 2021 3:31 UTC
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Book re­view: Lost Con­nec­tions by Jo­hann Hari

maia20 Oct 2021 2:40 UTC
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Franken­stein De­lenda Est

eapache10 Jul 2020 14:38 UTC
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The 8 Tech­niques to Tol­er­ify the Dark World

adamShimi20 Jul 2020 0:58 UTC
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New study on choice blind­ness in moral positions

nerfhammer20 Sep 2012 18:14 UTC
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Ver­bal Over­shad­ow­ing and The Art of Rationality

pangloss27 Apr 2009 23:39 UTC
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[Question] What’s up with self-es­teem?

abramdemski25 Jun 2019 3:38 UTC
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Want­ing vs. Lik­ing Revisited

Scott Alexander9 Jul 2011 20:54 UTC
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Be­ware of WEIRD psy­cholog­i­cal samples

Paul Crowley13 Sep 2009 11:28 UTC
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On Defense Mechanisms

Quaerendo4 Mar 2018 18:53 UTC
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Be­hav­iorism: Be­ware An­thro­po­mor­phiz­ing Humans

Scott Alexander4 Jul 2011 20:40 UTC
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Ba­sics of An­i­mal Reinforcement

Scott Alexander5 Jul 2011 20:42 UTC
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Ba­sics of Hu­man Reinforcement

Scott Alexander6 Jul 2011 21:09 UTC
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Notes on the Psy­chol­ogy of Power

gwern27 Jul 2012 19:22 UTC
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“Every­thing is Cor­re­lated”: An An­thol­ogy of the Psy­chol­ogy Debate

gwern27 Apr 2019 13:48 UTC
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Ac­knowl­edg­ing Hu­man Prefer­ence Types to Sup­port Value Learning

Nandi Sabrina Erin13 Nov 2018 18:57 UTC
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Vol­un­tary Be­hav­ior, Con­scious Thoughts

Scott Alexander11 Jul 2011 22:13 UTC
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On the Open­ness per­son­al­ity trait & ‘ra­tio­nal­ity’

gwern14 Oct 2011 1:07 UTC
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How does per­son­al­ity vary across US cities?

JonahS20 Dec 2016 8:00 UTC
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The Ma­chine Learn­ing Per­son­al­ity Test

PhilGoetz4 Aug 2009 23:36 UTC
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What’s wrong with psy­chol­ogy, any­way?

Anatoly_Vorobey28 Apr 2012 23:36 UTC
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[Question] What is the state of the ego de­ple­tion field?

Eli Tyre9 Aug 2019 20:30 UTC
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[link] Why Psy­chol­o­gists’ Food Fight Matters

Pablo1 Aug 2014 7:52 UTC
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[link]Mass repli­ca­tion of Psy­chol­ogy ar­ti­cles planed.

beoShaffer18 Apr 2012 16:13 UTC
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Ex­ploit­ing the Typ­i­cal Mind Fal­lacy for more ac­cu­rate ques­tion­ing?

Xachariah17 Jul 2012 0:46 UTC
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Ra­tion­al­ity is about pat­tern recog­ni­tion, not reasoning

JonahS26 May 2015 19:23 UTC
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[link] Psy­chol­o­gists strike a blow for reproducibility

Pablo28 Nov 2013 5:26 UTC
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The Per­son­al­ity of (great/​cre­ative) Scien­tists: Open and Conscientious

gwern28 Jan 2012 20:01 UTC
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Episte­mol­ogy and the Psy­chol­ogy of Hu­man Judgment

badger28 May 2011 5:15 UTC
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What makes a good life? This is my map.

ryqiem22 Nov 2019 15:10 UTC
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Con­nec­tion The­ory Has Less Than No Evidence

WilliamJames1 Aug 2014 10:17 UTC
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Psy­chopa­thy and the Wa­son Selec­tion Task

[deleted]22 Nov 2010 14:00 UTC
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Fad­ing Novelty

lifelonglearner25 Jul 2018 21:36 UTC
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The Com­edy of Behaviorism

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Aug 2008 20:42 UTC
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Ex­perts vs. parents

PhilGoetz29 Sep 2010 16:48 UTC
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The Ra­tion­al­ity Wars

Stefan_Schubert27 Feb 2014 17:08 UTC
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Evolu­tion, Sex, and Gen­der, Not to Men­tion Research

NancyLebovitz14 Jan 2013 14:19 UTC
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In­hi­bi­tion and the Mind

Annoyance21 May 2009 17:34 UTC
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How to tell apart sci­ence from pseudo-sci­ence in a field you don’t know ?

kilobug2 Sep 2012 10:25 UTC
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Ra­tion­al­ists lose when oth­ers choose

PhilGoetz16 Jun 2009 17:50 UTC
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Link: Writ­ing ex­er­cise closes the gen­der gap in uni­ver­sity-level physics

Vladimir_Golovin27 Nov 2010 16:28 UTC
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Re­mind Phys­i­cal­ists They’re Physicalists

lukeprog15 Aug 2011 4:36 UTC
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[Question] Why ex­actly is the song ‘Baby Shark’ so catchy?

DonyChristie17 May 2019 6:26 UTC
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Trans­late mu­sic in­to­na­tion into words us­ing color se­man­tics (as a means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion)

Alexey Smirnov7 Jul 2020 15:26 UTC
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Chap­ter 10: What does it Mean?

ld972 Mar 2020 18:21 UTC
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Some­thing Was Wrong

Zvi5 Aug 2017 14:48 UTC
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Ap­ply­ing Be­hav­ioral Psy­chol­ogy on Myself

John_Maxwell20 Jun 2010 6:25 UTC
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How to Compliment

less_penguiny16 Dec 2020 8:25 UTC
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Martin Selig­man’s “Authen­tic Hap­piness”

David_Gross27 Dec 2020 5:06 UTC
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The Anti-Placebo Effect

ShannonFriedman28 Sep 2013 5:44 UTC
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[Link] The Stan­ford Su­per­man Ex­per­i­ment: An­chor­ing Em­pa­thy?

shminux1 Feb 2013 17:31 UTC
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On the na­ture of anxiety

mr_fahrenheit22 Feb 2021 23:56 UTC
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[Link] Failed repli­ca­tions of the “el­derly walk­ing” prim­ing effect

Morendil13 Mar 2012 7:55 UTC
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Agree­ing to Disagree: to­wards a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of agreeableness

aaronb5029 Mar 2021 3:14 UTC
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Prophetic Hazard

onur16 Apr 2021 10:09 UTC
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Im­ple­ment­ing the Se­cond Virtue: Feel the Emo­tions Which Fit the Facts

LukeOnline9 May 2021 5:47 UTC
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[Question] Is it true that most stud­ies in Kah­ne­man’s ‘Think­ing fast and slow’ are not repli­ca­ble and the book is largely not sup­ported by ev­i­dence?

Davy Jones30 Jun 2021 7:14 UTC
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De­stroy­ing Inse­cu­rity and Boost­ing Con­fi­dence Through Your In­ter­ests and Values

Olitness1 Aug 2021 14:34 UTC
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Sig­nal­ing Vir­tu­ous Vic­tim­hood as Indi­ca­tors of Dark Triad Personalities

Ben Smith26 Aug 2021 19:18 UTC
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Emo­tional microscope

pchvykov20 Sep 2021 21:37 UTC
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[Question] Why do we talk about autism (spec­trum) with­out talk­ing about bor­der­line p.d.?

MoritzG22 Sep 2021 14:32 UTC
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A brief re­view of the rea­sons multi-ob­jec­tive RL could be im­por­tant in AI Safety Research

Ben Smith29 Sep 2021 17:09 UTC
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(Book Re­view) The Ge­netic Lot­tery: Why DNA Mat­ters for So­cial Equality

Xylitol7 Oct 2021 22:21 UTC
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Book Re­view: Feel­ing Great by David Burns

Fei12 Oct 2021 16:32 UTC
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Book Re­view: De­nial of Death

PatrickDFarley14 Oct 2021 4:28 UTC
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[link] Are All Dic­ta­tor Game Re­sults Ar­ti­facts?

Kaj_Sotala23 May 2013 7:08 UTC
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