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Data sets for articles on Cognitive Sciences

Most of the question and answers in this site refer to an article of research to support hypothesis with facts. Since all these hypothesis must have been based on some data, can such raw data can be ...
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How will branding affect the perceived inclusiveness of cognitive science and psychology?

Background: This site arose out the merging of three area-51 proposals: Cognitive science Psychology Psychology and psychiatry From the initial beta period, the site clearly has many questions ...
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What’s the elevator pitch for our site?

From The 7 Essential Questions of Every Beta, one thing we should decide on is what the elevator pitch for our site should be. 4. What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? Imagine you’ve just ...
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Who should our Pro Tempore Moderators be? [closed]

We've just gone from private beta to public beta! Please vote for moderator candidates by voting on their answers below. Because of this momentous occasion, I think it's time to ask our community who ...
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Should we do a cleanup prior to the public beta? [closed]

A couple guidelines for the site have been discussed, and on some of them there seems to be a consensus. Would it be beneficial to push some of the undecided ones through prior to going into public ...
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Inverted pyramid structure for questions?

Reading this Meta post Inverted pyramid format to answers I thought we could use a similar analogy to asking questions. It would encourage the asker to put some thought on the question rather than ...
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Whether to add end of answer references as well as in text citations?

In this question on preferred referencing conventions, naturally, there is general support for including links to sources in the body of the answer. Ben Brocka also mentions the use of APA inline ...
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What constitutes proper attribution?

Given that this site may be a bit more scientific than some of the other sites in the Stack Exchange network, and as mentioned in this related meta question we will often be linking to non-free books /...
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Make titles short and concise

There is tendency to make long titles, with redundant information inside. When a title has two lines it (usually) is bad for readability. There is a reason why question has body - to provide the ...
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How can we promote the site and reach out to industry experts?

The site should soon be coming into a Public Beta period where anyone can sign up and use the site. How can we spread awareness to experts, researchers and practitioners in the cognitive science ...
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How to deal with questions like this one on “insanity”?

With regards to this question on "insanity", initially, I was inclined to vote to close because: it used terminology that implied a lack of understanding of the medical and scientific knowledge about ...
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Should we use the Inverted Pyramid model for answers?

I'm concerned many posts (including my own) may be hard to take in. An intimidating answer can make it too easy to look at a long answer and think "tl;dr". I think the Inverted Pyramid model is a ...
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Can questions like “Is this hypothesis correct” be answered objectively?

After reading this question which asked: Could this hypothesis of why we procrastinate be right? I am very interested in procrastination, because it is such a clear sign of lack of motivation. ...
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What level of initial research is expected on questions?

There are many degrees of initial research: read the wikipedia article on the topic read the first hit of a Google search on the topic performed a basic search on Google scholar and read one or more ...
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What is the optimal scope for a question?

I previously asked about what to do with questions that are otherwise good but seem a little broad. Steven suggested that in addition to asking about how to improve a question that starts off a ...
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What to do with otherwise good questions that seem a bit too broad?

I've been reading a lot of questions on this site and thinking about the concept of optimal question scope. Questions in the cognitive sciences can often be substantially narrowed: What type of ...
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Do we need a too-easy or too-basic tag?

We have three questions on meta specifically related to the minimum required complexity of a questions. What's "Too basic" or "General reference" for this site? Uses scope How ...
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Should we prevent using tags ending on -ing?

We have both tagging and tags on meta at the moment. These should definitely be merged. Meta Stack Overflow uses tags: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/tags Additionally I think it ...
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Should we discuss common site rules on this local meta site?

Josh asked the following question on meta: What is the proper way to deal with questions that are off-topic? This is a general topic which is practically the same across the entire network. Is there ...
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We have too many unanswered questions

We've got a good set of seed questions to start the Beta with. I think we should refrain from asking any more seed questions. Please consider deleting any seed questions you have asked if they are "...
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How can we can encourage questions to show proof of initial research?

I think that better questions show some at least rudimentary level of initial research. This might just be: "I've read the first hit of a Google search, and I received conflicting answers." "I did ...
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Nature vs Nurture tag naming

We're going to need a tag for the Nature vs Nurture debate; even if that phrasing is oversimplistic, it's the way the discussion is classically framed. I've applied the nature-nurture tag to this ...
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To what extent should we allow questions asking for research about a general subject?

As Seth Rogers posted as a reply to another discussion: I would hate to see a bunch of "has there ever been a study about x influencing y" questions- which is already happening. A quick search ...
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Can you ask questions that involve lists where you want to learn the items on the list but also what is best?

I asked a question seeking links to online video lectures on psychology. I originally structured it as a poll-style community wiki question (e.g., one link per answer that people could vote on). The ...
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Are questions on applied fields of psychology allowed?

There are a large number of applied fields of psychology. E.g., Industrial / Organisational Psychology Educational Psychology Health Psychology Clinical Psychology Neuropsychology Forensic Psychology ...
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Are questions about animals on topic?

When I saw What are the effects of implanting electrodes into the brains of monkeys? that raised the question, are questions about animal cognitive science / the function of animal brains on topic? ...
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Should the tags be “Sensation” and “Perception” or “Sensation and Perception”

This question uses a "perception" tag. Generally Sensation and Perception are treated as one as an area of interest and I wouldn't trust the average person to appreciate the distinction between the ...
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Are questions about neurobiology on or off topic?

Is asking questions about biology without relating them to cognitive science considered on topic? Perhaps there is an overlap with Biology? Example questions: https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/...
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Isn't asking for 'research studies' in a question title redundant?

Definition of Cognitive Sciences from area51. Beta Q&A site for practitioners and research professionals of the cognitive sciences Given that all questions are supposed to be scientific, ...
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Meta tag for defining scope of the site?

There's a few questions on Meta already which have to do with defining the scope of this site: What is our site NOT about? What's "Too basic" or "General reference" for this ...
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What's “Too basic” or “General reference” for this site?

One of the major downfalls of some Stack Exchange sites is a lack of quality, expert level questions. I have seen sites fail because the questions were all essentially "too basic" or "general ...
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Isn't one user overseeding during the private beta? [closed]

When it comes to the question, one user is seeding a lot of questions. I am happy that he puts a lot of effort and enthusiasm. However, I have serious doubts if it is not overdoing. I.e. high number ...
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How should references to journal articles be provided?

Many questions and answers will involve citing journal articles and other scientific works. Clearly, it's desirable if there is a link to a free online version of the article. However, such links (e....
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What is our site NOT about?

Reading the The 7 Essential Meta Questions You'll notice Super User has laid out what items are on topic AND off topic on their site. Database Administrators has also done a superb job outlining ...
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How should specific subject areas be tagged?

This question begs for a Cognitive Psychology tag (though I can't retag yet), but could also be Cognitive Ergonomics. How should we handle tagging specific subject areas? Just the single most ...
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Are questions about Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research on or off topic?

I was particularly interested in this site since I'm designing and evaluating a novel user interface for my thesis. During my design process I would like to back up design decisions with theory. A ...