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What welcome message should we have?

Many users are keen to change the welcome message from the current version This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for practitioners and research professionals of the cognitive ...
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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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Finding help with psychological and emotional problems

I created this "question" as a resource that we can link to when self-help questions are posted. This is a work in progress. Feel free to edit this question (or its title) or provide an answer. Do ...
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How can we increase the number of 'regulars' on the site?

As we discussed pretty extensively in the comments of a recent question: all of our stats are lacking! Improving them can seem a bit overwhelming and sometimes a chicken-or-the-egg sort of chase. ...
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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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How big is too big for questions?

Due to the nature of our site, many questions can be really long and difficult to answer. At some point, we need to close questions as too broad and request that they be broken up into smaller, more ...
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Site promotion strategies revisited March 2013

In the early days of this site there were many discussions on site promotion. I was wondering, now that the site is almost a year and a half old, whether people had any new ideas for site promotion. ...
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Suggest site promotion ideas

Stack Exchange has a budget for holding site promotional events, whether it's a sponsorship on a related site/with a related business, contests for users of the site or just about anything else that ...
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New pro-tem moderator

I'm AliceD and the new pro-tem moderator replacing Josh. Maybe a post will be added from SE at large, but I just wish to introduce myself and give some backgrounds. First, many thanks to Josh for ...
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Cognitive Sciences self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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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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How can I access a journal article if I don't have a subscription?

I think this is a useful bit of info, so I'll post the Q&A here for others to link to. For those who don't have the luxury of being affiliated with a university, it can be difficult to find many ...
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Should we close poorly researched questions?

My question was triggered by the following question, as it serves as a good example case applying to a general issue: What is Psychoanalysis I voted to close because it is poorly researched. OP ...
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Name change of CogSci - what about Psychology?

The [pending] site's name [change] has been on my mind for quite a while. I may be off here, but my preference now (I voted for Mind & Brain earlier in some lost meta post) is: Psychology ...
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Are questions about the life history of famous cognitive scientists on topic?

We recently had a question about the cause of death of a psychology professor. This question raised several issues. But of particular relevance for this site is whether it is on topic to ask ...
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Our FAQ endorses self-help questions

Not all users neglect the FAQ, and those that don't can still be mislead by it since unfortunately we inherit the generic SO template as Knight correctly pointed out in a comment to a question of his ...
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Six Month Moderator Evaluation

Six months ago, the Moderators Pro Tempore of this site were appointed. As we were appointed by the Stack Exchange team and not officially elected by the community, it would be valuable (to me, at ...
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Refining scope and new site name

This is part of the second step into an attempted reboot of this community: Rebooting Cognitive Sciences: a Suggested Approach This site is now several years in beta, and it is about time we revisit ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 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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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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What challenges stand in the way of moving out of beta?

I am relatively new to this SE site and I understand that it's still in beta so it can be closed. I also think this SE site should exist so we should do what's possible to move beyond beta. What ...
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Help moderate Cognitive Sciences yourself!

Some users have expressed concerns about "over moderation" and generally I'm seeing a lack of close votes, so I thought I'd share this great resource. If you have over 500 rep you can help moderate ...
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We are not thriving. Are we surviving?

I just wish to express and share some of my concerns. Below a bullet list with here and there a link to an example case. Question views are generally awkwardly low: between 10 and 30; Even seemingly ...
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Do we want copy-paste answers?

How should we as a site deal with answers which are nothing but merely a copy paste from another article or site? It's is no on islam.se, so I was wondering, what's the status of such post here?
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Is social psychology on-topic?

I had a question about the Milgram Experiment which is a cornerstone of social psychology. I did a search and was surprised to find no previous questions on the topic. Hence, my question. Is social ...
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Is there any interest in starting a journal club?

Over at CrossValidated, I've seen that they at least have had journal clubs in the past. I created this thread to check if there is any interest within the Cognitive Sciences community to do something ...
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Neuroinformatics and cognitive sciences?

I'm asking this in light of the Beta site closure announcements question, but I don't want to steal its thunder. Realizing that we share at least some of the subject matter in common with the ...
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What are the existing rules on linking to self hosted content

On my post here:What are the meanings of the word 'gender'? I downloaded the PDF which was published without any restrictions and hosted it on my own website. I then added reference links to ...
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Are questions about what research in neuroscience has been done welcome to the Cognitive Sciences SE?

I would like to know what different type of studies have been done on brain processes. One type of question I have in mind is: has how the brain process X been studied before? has how the brain does ...
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Proposal to substitute the 'Neurobiology' with the 'Neuroscience' tag

Now that we have proposed our site to be renamed 'Psychology and Neuroscience' I like to bring up a point that has been bothering me a long time, namely the neurobiology tag. As of now, the master ...
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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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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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Are questions about specific analytic theories and psycho-therapeutic approaches in pastoral counseling on topic?

If the question is asking about the intersection of theology and psychology, would it best be asked here or on C.SE? For instance, let's suppose I asked this question: Do any existing pastoral ...
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We've reached 500 questions (18/19th September 2012)

I just thought I'd share the milestone of reaching 500 questions.
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Should we change our welcome message?

UPDATE: It's seems that we can change the welcome message and that there is a desire to change it. However, there is still discussion evolving about what the welcome message should be. I've posted a ...
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Not all observations necessarily need a term in psychology

We get a lot of questions asked by layman users along the lines of: I have observed X, (based on which I hypothesize this might be a recurring common pattern). I don't know what to search for. ...
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A new CogSci.SE Facebook page

The problem The focus of improving the website was primarily on "what constituties as a good/bad question". We have deleted many many bad questions and tried to improve others, which is a great ...
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Should we volunteer as a “sister site” for Parenting?

I know that we've talking about attempting to merge with different sites, but this would be different. Parenting has a Some subjects might be on-topic here but you can get better response on our ...
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Tag for “Human Factors” and related issues

We've currently got the human-factors tag which has been used with varying degrees of appropriety. I do think Human Factors and or Ergonomics are on topic here, but due to the scope I'm not sure "...
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Add “What are Cognitive Sciences?” to the FAQ

The new welcome text is a (groan) welcome addition, but I was thinking maybe a quick blurb in the FAQ could help make it abundantly clear that "cognitive sciences" is not just an alternate spelling of ...
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Tips for efficiently getting APA references into Stack Exchange

Sometimes you can copy a reference from the citing article. However, I just wanted to share this tip for quickly getting APA formatted references for when you find an article through Google Scholar. ...
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Mod-closure of questions

I've taken over from Josh as pro-tem mod and I am honored to join the mod team. However, the downside of this is that now I am a mod, I can't participate in the voting process any longer, so you have ...
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We've passed the 500+ Visits per day statistic (January 2013)

The following are just a few observations about our Area 51 site statistics. I have just noticed that our visits per day are now above 500 per day. This is enough to be classified as "okay". In ...
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Neurobiology Rivalries, part IV, A New Hope?

This is a follow on for these 3 questions: The neuroscience and neurobiology tags Are questions about neurobiology on or off topic? Splitting up questions on neurobiology between cognitivesciences.se ...
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Invitation to active users to ask a few more questions

The site's answer rate is currently sitting at around 85% and our questions per day is around 1.0. One of the challenges of building this site is getting enough content so that we can start ...
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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 that ...
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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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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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Why are Psychology and Neuroscience lumped together as one stack exchange?

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 ...
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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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