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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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Whither a more inclusive site name?

During discussions about a possible merger with the Neuroinformatics proposal see this Meta.cogsci question, on the related discuss.area51 post a comment was made about whether the name of the site is ...
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Why was my self-help question closed as off-topic?

One of my questions was closed as Off-Topic. The comments said that: Questions about the behavior of an individual person are off-topic. If you are concerned about a potential medical issue, ...
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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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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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Cognitive Science Reboot 2017: Changing the Name

To address persisting problems with this community, a long time ago we initiated a 'reboot' of the site as part of which we decided on a more professional target audience. To this end, we introduced a ...
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How to stop CogSci.SE from being listed as publication on Google Scholar, especially incorrectly

I noticed this a few days ago, and it has really been bothering me. For some random reason CogSci questions show up on my Google Scholar citation profile. Even more awkwardly, most of these questions ...
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Map of 32 Tags of CogSci.SE

Lastly I'm not that active on this site, but I made a map of CogSci.SE, basing on tag co-occurrences. Some more description e.g. on a respective post on meta.math.SE. The project is on GitHub: https:...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Vote, vote, vote!

This is basically a re-hash that goes back to the early days of this site and in fact to the core of SE. I wish to encourage the community to vote early, and vote often. The reason I am bringing this ...
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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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Cognitive Sciences 2012-2016: Community Review

This is a first step into an attempted reboot of this community: Rebooting Cognitive Sciences: a Suggested Approach As messy as meta is, through an organized community effort I'm hoping to collect ...
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Do we want a warning about scientific answers before users answer?

As it was pointed out in chat, Skeptics has the following disclaimer when asking a question: Our site has a disclaimer displayed when new users try to answer questions also, but ours currently looks ...
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Rebooting Cognitive Sciences: a Suggested Approach

We are well into our fourth year since the inception of this Q&A site, yet are still showcasing growing pains. Our main problem is retaining a core user base to be able to push true an idea and ...
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What should we change the name of our site to, if anything?

There have been many other threads that discuss a possible name change. The Community Team has suggested we focus on growing our community first before considering a name change. This logic seems to ...
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Striking a balance between citations and common sense in answers

Please bear with me. I am throwing up suggestions, before writing my final question below. I am addressing the way we can answer questions, based on citations, linking answer style with question style....
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Why aren't we asking more questions?

Our Questions stats are pretty bad, currently 2.3 questions per day. How can we encourage more questions on the site? Has anything prevented you from asking questions? Do you think anything is ...
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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 to do with users who appear suicidal?

We now and then are faced with users who post questions in which they indicate to have suicidal thoughts, e.g., a user posts 'I'm suffering from X and wish/want/ am going to kill myself'. What do we ...
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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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Moderator Pro-Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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“Mind and Brain (Sciences)” as a site title

One of the catchiest title suggestions for me was @jonsca's "Brain and Behavior". Unfortunately, as pointed out by @BenBrocka the title gives too low level and reductionist a view. I fear it would ...
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Link list for self-help questions?

Could we create a link list to forums, support groups, professional counseling drop-in centres etc. for self-help questions? I often see people looking for help and would like to send them somewhere ...
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Evidence of name confusion

For some time now, we have been trying to get name change: Whither a more inclusive site name? And although the post has many up-votes (9 up-votes is a lot, it is tied for 2nd most up voted meta ...
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Regularly Scheduled Chat Event

This has been brought up many times in chat: Many other sites have regularly scheduled chat events. These events, held anywhere from once a week to once a month, serve as a community building device, ...
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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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Proposal: Making CogSci.SE for Researchers

Summary This site, despite being around for 4 years at this point has yet to graduate from beta due to it's inability to maintain a solid and knowledgeable user base in the form of "expert ...
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How do I ask a good question?

Our scope in terms of topics is very broad, and covers things from the most accessible to obscure. The field also has many misconceptions, false beliefs, and pseudo-questions. This makes it very ...
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Are questions about replicability, open-science, and meta-science on topic?

So I've just come from a conference attended by psychologists who share an interest in concerns about the replicability of the field's findings, as well as considering what may be done to improve it. ...
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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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Do you want to become a moderator?

One of our moderators has become inactive for quite some time. In addition, soon I will spend less time on this site as I will prioritize a side project of mine. Therefore, we can easily arrange for ...
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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 ...
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Advice on how to write and research a good scientific answer

I thought it would be good to have a meta question that we can direct people to in order to give advice about how to research an answer to a question. Such information would be relevant to: Users ...
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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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Vote early, vote often!

This is a reproduction of Scott Morrison's post on meta.tex.SE; I believe it is very much applicable to this community as well. Scott wrote a post encouraging voting. I think this is a big issue ...
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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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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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10 questions migrated from Gamification

Just a FYI: Gamification was closed in private beta. As there was some overlap in scope with this site, some of the questions posted there were migrated here after it was closed. These may need some ...
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Proposed Reason for Closure: No Initial Reseach

In chat, we've talked about how unformed, unsourced questions weaken the utility of CogSci.SE, and how requiring some initial research might improve the general level of questions coming from new ...
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Reflections on April 25th 2012 Beta site closures announcement

There has been an announcement of round of recent site closures to take final effect on May 4th. Astronomy Economics Literature Firearms Healthcare IT Theoretical Physics Astronomy and Theoretical ...
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Is Psychology Today a credible source?

Frequently I see Psychology Today popping up on this site. I had an interesting exchange over at Bio where Bryan Krause shared the following [comments since deleted]: I believe that [Psychology ...
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Cognitive Sciences Reboot 2017: Call for action

Welcome (former) CogSci users! Several months ago we gave it another shot: we started a procedure to reboot CogSci to try and finally get us out of Beta. Most of us agree changes need to be made to ...
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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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Am I allowed to include a figure from a PNAS paper in my response?

I have no idea what the copyright laws say about this. There is a question I would like to reply to, and a figure that would make the reply more clear. However, the figure is from a PNAS paper, thus ...
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What level of citing references or sources should be required for answers?

The Cognitive Sciences site is going to be slightly different from many of the other Stack Exchange sites. Unlike Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, etc. our questions do not indicate a problem ...
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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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Making a CogSci.SE t-shirt

I sometimes attend summer schools and whatnot. A good way to advertise your affiliations in is with a t-shirt. This usually means I end up wearing my Nengo t-shirt, but I'd also like to advertise ...
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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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What to do with homework questions?

We recently received a question quoted in full below which I assumed was an assignment question. I assume that the student copy and pasted the question literally from some assignment description. ...
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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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