Can someone with the benefit of history explain please why the "Psychology & Neuroscience" is a single stack exchange site instead of two?

Psychology: the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context.

Neuroscience: a branch (such as neurophysiology) of the life sciences that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves and nervous tissue and especially with their relation to behavior and learning.

merging them both together seems to me akin to merging say the software engineering and theoretical computer science stack exchanges.

  • Software Engineering: Q&A for professionals, academics, and students working within the systems development life cycle)

  • Theoretical Computer Science: Q&A for theoretical computer scientists and researchers in related fields)

looking over the full list of stack exchange sites I see no other cases of distinct subjects being merged together.

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    I'm not sure if history is a good reason to be doing something "because that's the way we always did it." Psychology and neuroscience are not that disparate - they have a fair bit of overlap - for example: Cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and clinical neuroscience. As others have mentioned, this is actually a cognitive science stack, renamed for emphasis on two of its branches. However, other branches are still welcome here: Philosophy of mind, linguistics, artificial intelligence, anthropology, etc. The name change does sacrifice that clarity.
    – Arnon Weinberg Mod
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 17:58

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As AliceD posted, this has a very long history (almost 7 years ago), much of which can be found on Meta. In this post, I will simply link to some posts which I believe are relevant from the top of my head. I will leave it up to another post for someone to construct a more accurate time line if need be.

Another good overall source to get to know the history of this community (although I cannot guarantee all of it immediately answers your question), is this review of Meta posts from 2012-2016. If anything, this should give you some additional context of this community within which to interpret your actual question.


This site has a long history behind it. In a nutshell, there are and afaik always have been, two major issues here:

  1. a low number of users, questions and hence answers (low activity overall)
  2. a high percentage of self-help questions (explicitly off-topic).

In an attempt to address both of these problems we have attempted to show to new users we are not 'just' Psychology, Psychiatry or Cognitive Sciences, but that we also welcome basic Neuroscience questions. The 'Science' element therein also stresses the scientific character of this site (deterring self-helps). There have been tons of meta posts on these matters, e.g. to name but a few:

and also see the history of our site on Area51 (still not updated)

Above is my personal view and may not reflect this community's opinion at large.

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