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I share your concerns. This topic was very actively discussed in the early days of the site. See the name tag on meta. In summary, the site proposal emerged from Area 51 as a combination of three proposals: Cognitive Science Psychology Psychology and Psychiatry I think many people on this site would have preferred alternative names that emphasised their ...


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I think It would be great to have these kinds of questions on our site. In particular, if the question appears to overlap a little with biology but has a neurobiology or neuroscience focus, then I think we should treat it as on topic. Just because it might also be on topic elsewhere does not mean it is not on topic here. And if there is a community of ...


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As AliceD posted, this has a very long history (almost 7 years ago), much of which can be found on Meta. In this post, I will simply link to some posts which I believe are relevant from the top of my head. I will leave it up to another post for someone to construct a more accurate time line if need be. Original site proposal was Cognitive Sciences which ...


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Yes! I personally think this would be very fun and really would like to see this happen. However, I'm answering as a community member and Stack Exchange Addict, not as a ♦ Moderator. These hats would be fun! They're a contest for the entire Stack Exchange community, and we might possibly draw some new members from other SE sites looking to earn some hats ...


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First, I sympathise with anyone who wants but can't get access to the scientific literature because it is locked up behind a paywall. Arguments for citing research I think we are looking for well-reasoned answers. Many of the questions on this site can best be answered with reference to empirical research that has explicitly examined a particular ...


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Do not delete your answer if it has value! Even if your answer says the same thing as another answer, or there's another answer you feel is better than yours, that doesn't mean your answer has no value. Multiple answers per question is a good thing and especially if your was first, it shows that two individuals share the same viewpoint and further ...


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Another reason to keep these questions on-topic is that it fills a need. Scientific software is often poorly documented, and community-created software doesn't usually provide a support team for basic questions. There are sometimes support forums available, but the StackExchange model is usually a superior way of organizing questions and answers. If this ...


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I disagree, as many folks are undergrad students needing help for their studies. Of course the people answering stuff will likely be grad students or PhDs, but we should definitely not reject questions from students. Rejecting this bulk of people would further degrade the number of visits and more importantly, the number of questions per day. If we ever wish ...


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A few suggestions: 1) Take a look at the list of Unanswered Questions, and see if you can answer any of them. Older questions will slip off the front page, and you may have an answer for a few questions that you haven't seen before. 2) While you're looking through the questions, feel free to flag any question you think should be closed. This may be because ...


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I've gotten a lot of silly downvotes. My research into the answers is proven and the conclusions I give are logical. What I've noticed often when you receive feedback on answers, is you seem to mostly neglect the feedback. Read and understand where people are coming from when they give feedback. When they leave behind a comment it is usually to address ...


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Moderators have access to such information, but are specifically forbidden from sharing it. More importantly, our goal should not be SEO, but generating quality answers and asking careful questions that we are seriously thinking about and have done initial research for. Also, it is my opinion (although not a universally shared one) that our goal shouldn't ...


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I think AliceD captures the issue in his comment. One of the biggest reasons. As far as I can see, that CogSci is still in Beta is that we are quite a small community. Note that CogSci is a fusion of three initial proposed sites. In all,spinning off of a dedicated neuro imaging site will not work in my opinion. Here and at Biology I encounter very little ...


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The transition we are currently going through is whether or not the site should be made exclusively for experts. There are no people who argue experts are not welcome here, thus by all means, what you describe is very much on topic here! Glad you found this site, welcome!


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I really like this idea. "psychology" is better than "psychological sciences": Psychology is very much an established discipline. This aligns the site name with other sites like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Economics Stack Exchange, etc. I.e., the discipline is called psychology, and not "psychological sciences". I think we could make clear in ...


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I suggest we burninate it. The editor in question seems to be searching for the term "correlation" and applying the tag to all those relevant questions, which is kind of an indication the tag isn't needed at all, even if it were to be a proper tag. It's more of a meta tag the way they are currently applied. It could be a valid tag if the subject is more ...


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I think that Jeromy Anglim makes some good points and provides good exceptions for not citing research. I think there are more. For example, sometimes the answer is well entrenched research. It's OK to expect naīve readers to be able to do an internet search on something like, "Stroop effect," as long as it's use is generally clear. However, I am a bit ...


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No, unfortunately we won't be able to help you. The policy of this site is that we cannot accept "self help" questions and if you are seeing "bad ghosts" which are disturbing to you, you should seek help from a medical professional/psychologist/therapist. I wish you the best of luck!


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I read your post, but I wasn't entirely clear about what your question is, but I'll focus on your main title question: "Is cognitive sciences stack exchange scientific?" The site is scientific in several respects: most of the users with the most reputation have scientific qualifications in cognitive sciences answers that get upvoted tend to have a ...


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Regarding the specific question, I've edited it to hopefully make it clearer. I agree that the question as originally asked was worded in an imprecise way, but hopefully at this point there is a legitimate scientific question that can be answered. More generally, I agree with your observation that certain types of questions seem to encourage poor answers. ...


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My strategy is to try and imagine the empirical research that would need to exist in order to answer the question. If I can't imagine empirical results that would give a reasonably definitive answer on the question, then I'll vote to close as primarily opinion based. If I can imagine hypothetical experiments that would be informative, but there are so ...


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Please note that the below is my personal opinion, and not an official statement in my capacity as proterm moderator. First, I would like to point out that we should be careful bringing up anyone's personal information. Although it is easy to see who @Seanny123 is, since he links to his own homepage (that has his full name) and the Eliasmith lab on his ...


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We should be encouraging new users to participate in the community, and many such people have questions that might seem very basic to users with more experience and expertise in the field. This question seems to be suggesting that Stack Overflow should only be used as a last resort - when an answer cannot be found elsewhere on the internet. Surely ...


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*******Major edit******** I have edited my answer to reflect on some more research I have just carried out on this area. The new information has highlighted that it is not necessarily as clear cut as initially thought. Because of this, as done previously, but clearly defined now, I feel I need to separate my answer into its relevant parts, and maybe this ...


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I would very much like to see this site continue to grow and improve, and am happy to pitch in however I can. Introduction: I am a lay person with no professional experience in this field. I do have a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Toronto in Canada, where I graduated with Honours and was on the Dean's List for scholastic achievement. My ...


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The titular question is difficult to answer. It is nominally asking for causative factors: WHY does this happen. I am not sure if it is asking about causative factors leading to gender dysphoria or causative factors leading to some sort of gender transition treatment. There are obvious difficulties associated with identifying causative factors. The body of ...


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I don't think anyone faults you for your English skills. I think you get an idea (which is great), you research it a little tiny bit (which is okay), you rush to get your thoughts down (okay if you are making a draft of your post), and you post without proofreading (which isn't good). Later, you often comment and sum up your question in a much more ...


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