To address persisting problems with this community, a long time ago we initiated a 'reboot' of the site as part of which we decided on a more professional target audience. To this end, we introduced a new close vote reason. This has made it much easier to deal with bad questions and encourage the types of questions we do want! However, we still want more good questions being asked per day, which requires us to attract more professionals.
To this end, we have determined the site name should change! As highlighted in our community review, the site name can lead to confusion and scares off potential expert users:
- The name "Cognitive Sciences" can be interpreted to only welcome cognitive science and cognitive psychology, thus excluding, e.g., non-cognitive sub-disciplines of psychology. We have collected evidence showcasing that psychology and neuroscience is often perceived to be excluded.
- There is a strong majority favoring a name change.
- When choosing a new name, the url prefix needs to be considered as well.
- Many popular suggestions follow the format "A and B": Cognitive Science and Psychology, Psychology and Neuroscience, Mind and Brain.
- An attempt at getting an overview of consensus resulted in two favorites (Psychology and Neuroscience, and Mind and Brain), with Psychology and Neuroscience as a clear winner.
- Unfortunately these suggestions go against the naming standards of SE, which 'suggest' avoiding "X and B" like names.
- Regardless, this is a topic which keeps resurfacing. The name keeps causing confusion even for active researchers in the fields.
The current consensus is to try get "Psychology and Neuroscience" approved. However, if the concatenated name is not allowed (despite a lot of historical support), we are okay with settling with just "Psychology" (this also got some traction more recently). Although opinions vary on this, we do want to emphasize that the reason the inclusion of 'neuroscience' has received a lot of support historically is because (1) some do not associate neuroscience directly to psychology, in fact they show up as separate clusters of research, (2) we explicitly want to reach out to neuroscience as many experts currently do not feel at home here.
This question is primarily a representation of the current consensus for the benevolent StackExchange folks so that they hopefully can take action. However, feel free to post objections as answers. If they receive a lot of up votes than we can take that as an indication that this discussion should be re-opened.