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Human Computer Interaction is a cognitive science, full stop. There is likely some overlap similar to how questions are occasionally relevant on both Programmers.SE and DBA.SE, to me the same question could be posited to both sites and recieve great, but different answers. Assuming the question is asking about research or why a certain effect or behavior ...


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A problem with "too basic" is that often experts in a field have a much easier time "just googling" a problem than non-experts. I have for example easily found answers for questions simply by googling "Cognitive Psychology Incubation" and "Threshold Theory Creativity". The problem is no one would actually think to search in this way without a fair background ...


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Journal Club chat - someone picks an open access paper and gives notice ahead of time, discussion ensues.


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Blog post on "Future perfect" The wonder that is StackExchange now caters to those Cognitive Scientists who are not also programmers & computer scientists. http://cogsci.stackexchange.com. HT: the JDM list.LINK I.e., the author thinks that the site is for "cognitive scientists"; most researchers in psychology do not see themselves as cognitive ...


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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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They are on topic so long as they touch base with something related to cognition. "How do dopamine agonists like amphetamine/methylphenidate affect acetylcholine signalling?" is not on topic because it can be answered completely in biochemical terms. "How do dopamine agonists like amphetamine/methylphenidate affect the symptoms of depression" would be on ...


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I think sociology, much like anthropology, statistics, or publication practices are not off-topic. However, they are not on-topic by default. Given a question in these fields it is the job of the asker to motivate it. The OP has to explain why a psychologist, psychiatrist, cognitive scientist, neuroscientist or other cognitive sciences professional would be ...


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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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I think we should provide DOI links (i.e. http://dx.doi.org/...) for peer-reviewed articles as they are standard and stable. Of course it is good to point to an open copy but (as it may disappear) as an additional source. See e.g. a related thread on meta.tp.se (there is an encouragement to use arXiv links (e.g. http://arxiv.org/abs/...) as it is both open-...


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Here's a quick way to see if an alternate, free copy exists on the web: 1) Go to Google Scholar. 2) Enter the FULL name of the article you want to retrieve, IN QUOTES. 3) Usually, the article you are seeking is in the first few results. Under the article's blurb, it often says All XX versions (where XX is a number). Click it. 4) Look at the links in the ...


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I can give you an answer from the perspective of a formally active user that is becoming progressively more passive. Although there is a large amount of activity on the internet about mind & brain sciences, the overwhelming majority of it is at the level of popular science. People who have an understanding of the mind/brain at this level, are often not ...


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Zergylord's post made me consider; "Self Help" style questions are a potential risk for this sort of site and I believe they are not on topic.


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I'm happy to nominate myself. My relevant experience: COGSCI.SE: Active involvement in beta period of cogsci.SE on site and meta (here's my profile, I have the second most rep at the time of posting) Prior Stack Exchange Experience: 12,000+ rep (3rd top) on Statistics Stack Exchange (my user profile on stats.se often answering questions related to data ...


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I've brought up the issue of citations when the answer does not stand on it's own or makes claims that might be incorrect. Some problem question types I've noticed are: Personal Experience Some answers I've found are more like "this is my experience with X" or "this is what I think about X", these answers might be acceptable on Quora but I think they're ...


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Hmm. I have earned 12,200+ rep points in four months on another SE forum (under a different handle), so I am an active participant on SE in general. I was thrilled when I saw cogsci.se available. As a psychology graduate with almost 20 years experience in the criminal justice field, I thought I would enjoy cogsci.se -- I've always been fascinated by topics ...


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Thanks for posting this question. When the site just started I posted a related meta question on how we can present and brand the site so that it is perceived as inclusive to the disciplines that it covers. Effect of site title "Cognitive Sciences" I like the "s" at the end of "cognitive science" because it appears to suggest a plurality that reflects our ...


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The above is a screen capture of a G+ conversation with a PhD student in psychology. The post was shared with a 'limited' circle so I can't include a link, since I am not sure if the author wants to be anonymous or not.


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The issue has been resolved, the 43 questions have disappeared and my profile is clear (without me having to manually remove the questions). I am not sure if the issue was on the Google or SE end, or if complaining here/twitter/G+ accomplished something. I feel like the olden days when power-cycling your computer magically fixed all your problems for no ...


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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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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, he's overdoing it. We haven't even defined the scope of this site yet and already we have a flood of questions from Reddit and Quora. And what really bothers me is that the questions as they're posted on cogsci.stackexchange.com are not formatted very well. I am all for seeding the site, but in order for it to be done right two things need to happen: ...


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Reward them. This is what the voting system is for. Up vote good questions which don't raise any additional questions and show sufficient effort has been done to formulate it. Down vote questions which are overly broad and raise plenty of other questions. Leave those questions as a comment. In my opinion it is very important - especially during the beta - ...


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This is mostly a cautionary tale, but "seeding" this site with questions simply to add to its bulk sounds helpful, but in all likely hood, it is actively harming this site. I wrote about this extensively in Asking the First Questions …but a few key points are most poignant. I was a bit put off by the context implied by “seeding the site.” The ...


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I'll nominate myself. Here is my Cog Sci profile; I'm one of the top users of the site (the top user as of now). I've been using the Stack Exchange network for five months and I've learned the system pretty well. I've been mostly active on User Experience, Meta.SO and this site, earning 17,000 reputation total. I regularly participate in discussions of ...


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