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Questions tagged [scope]

The scope of the main site: what questions are on-topic and what is off-topic

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Certain Statistics/Mathematics are on topic? [duplicate]

My question is regarding questions such as What's the best way to calculate an index score based on reaction time, variance and accuracy? and I just wanted to have what I consider a grey area ...
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What to do with questions asking for terms?

Finally I think I understand the frustration of looking for a theory based on observations and be closed as self-help. I know questions listing symptoms, ultimately, are for self-help, but still they ...
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Health, Cognitive Sciences and a Potential Mutual Site

I’m not an avid user on CogSci (in fact, I’ve only officially become a member today) but from reading your meta posts and the rebrand you are going through right now I understand that you face similar ...
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Should we close questions about Freud?

Wikipedia has a list of topics considered pseudoscience that includes Psychoanalysis, Hypnotism, Myers-Briggs, and NLP (I would very much like to see Jung added to this list). Accordingly, I'd like ...
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Is this question about whether studies that refute non-notable claims on topic?

The question I want to ask was inspired by this Meta post. Specifically, it was asking if "conjecture questions" should require some degree of support before they can be asked. One thing that came up ...
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What questions should be considered primarily opinion-based?

There is a question on the possibility of a cognitive advantage to dreaming, and whilst I was reviewing the question, before I could type and post my comment on it, the post was put on hold based on ...
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What are the rules for reference requests?

I'm hoping that this hasn't already been answered, but I was wanting to ask a question asking for help finding books on a particular topic. In particular, I was looking for help locating introductory ...
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Why is the question about women rejecting unsuitable man about individual person?

The question How does a woman reject an unsuitable man? was closed as off-topic for the reason of asking about a behavior of individual person. However, I fail to see how this reason stands. The ...
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Are events from the newspapers with a hint of CogSci on-topic?

Just now, I saw the following post on [skeptics.se]: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/35904 The question regards an accident in aerospace, which may be linked to a lack of sleep. This is a human-...
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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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We should be more welcoming to technical Neuroscience questions

Context: A recent neuroscience proposal got shot down as a duplicate of Cognitive Science. This proposal apparently was created by a group of experts: This was a concerted effort across multiple ...
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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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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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Can I ask here about ghost?

Sorry I cant chat here yet. Is this the rite site to ask about ghost. I see and feel bad ghost. Are they real? How do I deal with that?
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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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What should we list in the “Ask about…” / “Don't ask about…” section of /about?

The moderators can edit the content of the two boxes under the Get answers to practical, detailed questions section of our /about page. I just added some text to indicate that self help questions and ...
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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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Are questions about coding psychology and cognitive science experiments, simulations, etc. on topic?

I just wanted to check what the general rules were about asking questions about writing and debugging code related to psychology and cognitive science experiments. The kinds of things that I'm ...
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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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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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Autism Area 51 Proposal

We have discussed merging proposals into CogSci before, such as the Neuroinformatics proposal, but with not much success. As I was browsing Area 51 I noticed the Autism proposal. Many of their sample ...
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Are “tool request” questions acceptable? Should we have guidelines for them?

Most of our software questions are recommendation questions asking for software that can perform a certain task. I'm generally against these, and they're generally against the SE philosophy of what's "...
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Do we need a self-help question policy?

I remember this being discussed before, but cannot remember where to find a specific policy if we have one. Do we want some sort of formal stance on self-help questions? It seems that we are ...
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Is Sociology on topic?

This question, while not a good question for other reasons, is really more of a Sociology question than psychology. Is Sociology on topic here? It's been deemed a Cognitive Science by some ...
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What kind of site do we want to be?

We've been struggling internally the last couple weeks, I think Casebash puts it together well: I actually think the decision to make this a research based site (like MathOverflow), as opposed to a ...
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What to do with questions related to statistical analysis of psychological variables?

We previously had a question which was deleted which was as follows: Classification of RT? Hope this is the right place for this question: I have an experiment of two conditions & I have ...
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Are questions about the publication process in psychology and cognitive science permitted?

I recently asked what I believe is the first question on the site about the publication process rather than about substantive knowledge in psychology and cognitive science. What are the major changes ...
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Splitting up questions on neurobiology between cognitivesciences.se and biology.se?

I want to ask here, where you draw the line between cognitivesciences.se and biology.se, as there is some interdisciplinary overlap, when it comes to Evolutionary Psychology Ethology/Sociobiology ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...