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Why is this stack exchange called 'Cognitive Sciences'?

Looking at the tags in this stack exchange, many are psychology and many are neuroscience. As somebody who does research in neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, and neurology, it would have never ...
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“Flag” and “Recommend Deletion” options for answers that are merely unscientific opinions

I notice that CS.meta is heavily focused on question quality, and has virtually no discussion on answer quality. This is exemplified by @StevenJeuris's excellent comprehensive summary (and continuing ...
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Repeated, specific questions on comp neurosci software

There's been a rash of very specific questions about how to use the interface for a computational neuroscience software program. I know we have discussed this to a certain extent here, but I am ...
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With self-help questions, close or edit?

A lot of questions start off with some self-help component or personal reference before getting to a valid question. Rather than closing the question, I usually just edit the question for the user. Is ...
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TV doesn't improve [creatvity]

creatvity appears to have been created as a misspelling of creativity. But what surprised me was that the former has a tag wiki and the latter doesn't. I don't see a benefit in keeping the misspelling ...
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Can I discuss my 'symptoms' on the website?

I think I have some psychological troubles ... can I post the symptoms and talk about that in the Cognitive Sciences SE website ??
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What to do with expert opinion (and edge cases more generally)?

This question was caused by the question, What are some examples of controversial themes in psychology?. The author has engaged us extensively about this question, which is by a researcher in the ...
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Is this a promotion of one theory?

I noticed @Seanny123 has been posting questions on NEF (Neurological Engineering Framework) and answering his own questions. All 10 questions tagged NEF, as of now, are by him and most of them are ...
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Chat Event (19/05): May Madness

We've got a pulse! I'm really (really) happy to say our spring cleaning efforts seem to be having a positive impact on the community, both in terms of our measurable performance and in the actual ...
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Spring Cleaning 2015: Week 2 results

Summary 90% Answered: Our Area51 %Answered metric should read 90% by May 31st 23:59 UTC. Improved Voting Economy: The Electorate badge should have been awarded 15 times total by May 31st 23:59 UTC. ...
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When to make a new tag?

Two new tags have recently been added that I was unsure about, IQ and Excutive-Function. My reasoning behind this is that they seemed too specific and already covered by the tag of measurement. ...
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Why can't new users talk in chat?

I just saw this answer here by a completely new user. It's a good answer, so I wanted to invite them to chat, but after looking at our Privileges page, I see that you need 20 rep to talk in chat. That ...
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Voting strategies

We've talked a lot about closure lately, but at the end of the day, active voting is the most important assumption behind how the Stack Exchange network works. SE sites breathe votes and reputation: ...
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How much agreement is enough agreement?

When we have votes and discussions on Meta about aspects of the community like post standards, scope, close messages and other things that effectively require approval by the (diamond-having) ...
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Can we find useful, standard search filters?

Search filters Having recently discovered the power of SE's relatively extensive Advanced Search feature, thanks to Jeromy, I want to ask what if any search filters you use regularly when browsing ...
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Chat event (PRODUCTIVELY FINISHED): Introductions and Spring Cleaning 2015

On Thursday, April 23rd at 17:30 CET (11:30 EST), we're going to be hosting a Cognitive Science SE chat event in the Axon Terminal, hopefully the first in a regular series of chat events. I expect the ...
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Can we get a share button please?

Can we have a non-intrusive toward load speed and site aesthetics social media share button for questions and answers please?
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How to distinguish social psychology from opinion-based questions?

I often come across questions asking about the motivations of some social group, human behaviour or a social phenomena. For example: “Doomsday preppers” - do they want the World to end? What causes ...
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Should we discourage divulging the mechanics of Neuropsychological tests here?

I am trying to model the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, which is why I've asked many questions on this site in regards to that topic. One of my questions is in regards to the rules of the test. ...
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Are questions about education theory on topic here?

I've recently read Mindstorms by Seymour Papert and I'm currently reading The Educated Mind by Kieran Egan. I've got a few questions about the intersection between these two and their application. ...
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Should we adjust the 'self-help' close message?

I think this recent question gives a nice example of why the self-help close message needs to be adjusted: https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/9698/why-would-someone-act-out-scenes-of-perceived-...
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Answers overshadowed by subsequent answers - clutter, or worth keeping?

It happens now and then that I have answered a question here at CogSci and that shortly after a way better answer is posted on that same question. In many cases the second and subsequent answers were ...
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Neurobiology Rivalries, part V, A Newer Hope?

This question was encouraged by @ChuckSherrington in relation to the question "What regulates the strength of motoric signals?". The on- or off-topicness of neurobiology questions has been actively ...
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Why was/is “Should “just asking” as a reason for asking a particular question be strictly considered to a (unrealized) false statement?” off-topic?

Regarding https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/q/5663/4012. The comment under the question states: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a question for the English SE, not CogSci ...
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CogSci.SE chat needs resuscitation (status: resuscitation successful)

Update Chat has returned to life! There are about five participating site regulars (myself, Steven Jeuris, Krysta, Josh and JoshGitlin) plus the odd people stopping by, which doesn't sound like much, ...
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What comes around - poor questions with poor answers

Imagine there is a poor question and as an example I link the question "Is better be optimistic than pessimistic". "Poor" is a subjective term, but I found this question poorly researched and most of ...
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How to edit the bounty description?

I added a bounty to the following question: Has anyone formally tested Josh Pellicer's theory on human sexual behavior?, however I made a typo in the bounty description. How does the original bounty ...
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Review actions on low-quality answers that should be comments by folks with <50 reputation?

I mostly flag answers that are low in quality for moderator attention, and place a comment under them saying "this answer is more of a comment". Mostly this works fine. However, when the answer is ...
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What exactly is a self-help question?

I'm wondering what kinds of questions should be closed as off-topic for being self-help. Clearly, questions that are seeking a medical diagnoses are problematic. But other types of questions have been ...
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Let's get critical: Jan 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Book recommendation questions

There recently was a question put on hold that asked for a recommended book on CogSci: best book for cognitive science It was put on hold because of the opinion-basedness of the question. Why? I ...
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Inquiring about missing references as a reviewer

My question in broader terms is "What is the importance of scientific references in answers on Cognitive Sciences SE". In this regard it has overlap with What level of citing references or sources ...
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Is a Biologist on Cognitive Sciences SE welcomed as a reviewer?

Being a Neuroscientist with a Biology background I am most active on Biology SE. However, Cognitive Sciences SE also features many interesting questions with awesome answers that differ in interesting ...
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Should we remove answers to self-help questions?

Sometimes, an answer will be posted to a self-help question before it is closed. For example, this recent question got an answer (https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/8870/why-people-get-mad-...
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A new Economics.SE is in beta

A new Economics.SE is now in beta, with the hope that it will enjoy a happier ending than the last Economics.SE beta. I advertise it here because I believe that CogSci.SE users might have an ...
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Attraction, sexuality and love tags

We have two tags for attraction (2 questions) and physical-attraction (29 questions). attraction is a newly added broader one, but so far not in use. What do we do with these tags? Other related ...
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Questions “Why are people so bad?” getting upvotes

I think this Beta in particular will have a strong base of users not being very knowledgeable of the board's topic. I'm quite an example as I actually study engineering. I however think many of these ...
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Do we want a Big 5 tag?

We have a whole bunch of suggested edits introducing big-5 as a tag. E.g. for the following questions: What is the relationship between Big 5 personality and the theory of planned behaviour? Facet ...
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Are cognitive sciences actually being… scientific?

I came here searching a board to ask psychological (or rather psychiatric) questions. But I mean scientific questions - that's why is something happening based on evidence - not an opinion. I've read ...
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Why do we need 50 points to comment?

Just wanted to say the policy of requiring 50 reputation for posting comments has the unfortunate effect of newcomers being unable to respond to comments directed at them in the appropriate place. ...
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Do we want even more HATS?

Like other years, Stack Exchange's Winter Bash is coming up again. The following email was sent to the mods: As another year draws to a close, we wanted to do something fun and lighthearted with our ...
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Cogsci.SE FAQs?

Are there cogsci.SE FAQs anywhere? I notice a lot of new participants coming in and of course not knowing that we are a little different than other SEs--more interested in cited evidence, less ...
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Do we need the medication tag?

Just noticed the tag medication on one of the new questions, was suspicious about it, and noticed it is not used often. Possibly there are more appropriate/related tags we already have for this?
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Does this site welcome questions asking for suggestions on which academic programme one must choose?

Yesterday I ran into this question which was asking for suggestions on which institution to choose for psychoanalytic training, and I have the impression that about a month ago I saw a similar ...
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Edits that change the question at issue

I'm new to approving edits, so I'm interested in how other edit-approvers handle situations like this. This question (which is, IMO, not a good one as it stands) has a suggested edit which, while it ...
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Who is this person and why am I being attacked?

I have answered several questions on this site. I have given no medical advice except to "see a doctor now" if I thought it necessary. Yet here are a few comments from a comment thread I had today(on ...
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Answers that are personal experience: discouraged? How?

I know we discourage questions that are primarily personal experience, but what about answers? I see them pretty frequently (like the bottom answer here), and to my mind they rarely contribute to the ...
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Are specific brain facts about specific people considered on topic?

I saw this question come up today and I don't know if this is the kind of question we want to encourage here. It's motivation is trivia, rather than learning or knowledge sharing. Is there be a policy ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Tag suggestion for: “ESP”

Extrasensory perception or ESP includes reception of information not gained through the recognized physical senses but sensed with the mind. Parapsychology is the study of paranormal psychic ...