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:
Psychology and Psychiatry
I think many people on this site would have preferred alternative names that emphasised their ...
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 ...
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.
'cogsci (cognitive science) only partially relates to neuroinformatics. for example, discussing electron microscopy to image a neuron would be a stretch as a relevant topic in cognitive science'
(from a Discuss.Area51 answer)
Before starting to list all the bullet points, I want to stress the importance of the word science. That is the beauty of the current site name; it is immediately clear we want to discuss science. Although I actually enjoy the current name, I will suggest a new one at bullet point 5. So, here goes:
Neuro-, social-, industry/...
'I'm all for the merge, but would push to have it called "Neuroscience" or the like; "Cognitive Science" excludes affective research (our lab's focus) as well as perceptual and/or motor stuff.'
(from a Discuss.Area51 comment)
There is already a Mind SE doing well in proposal, which is similar to this one in scope, but of a lower quality threshold.
This one is much more academic in scope, and requires a more academic sounding title to differentiate it. I think Cognitive Science and Psychology is just fine.
From the site proposal after Psychology was merged into Cognitive Sciences:
We're scaring off professionals who don't have doctorates. Is this our intention?
Proposal: Cognitive Sciences
My mother is seasoned school psychologist, now retired and running her own private practice. I have been suggesting she commit to the Cognitive Sciences proposal since, ...
You can find an exhaustive answer to this in the community review done in June 2016, which is summarized as:
We have noticed our site name might lead to confusion on what this
site is, what new name should we use?
The name "Cognitive Sciences" can be interpreted to only welcome cognitive science and cognitive
I suggest we make a Venn diagram of all the related disciplines, choose one or two biggest circles that cover most areas that we want, then name the site according to that. It will be intuitive, and I think it will clear all the debates. If there is any question about the scope on the site in the future, we just need to re-consider the field again.
From a suggested question on the "Neuroscience" proposal. In response to Why does neuroplasticity decrease in adults?, Anonymous wrote:
It is more neuroscientific than cognitive in nature, so not entirely clear to me that it belongs in Cognitive Sciences.
I wonder if this is the appropriate place to ask for a website where a certain question would be appropriate. For example if I have a question about psychology that I like to ask but i dont know if there is an appropriate SE for that question where should i seek advice. (if anywhere)
Given that site names with ampersands aren't allowed, I will bring forth:
This was suggested as an url before in between a broader discussion, thus seemingly got lost since.
Following Jeromy's guidelines it is:
Short (thus good for a URL)
Accurate in communicating scope: "The processes are analyzed from different perspectives within different ...
Thanks for getting this thread started. I agree with your analysis of "cognitive sciences". I think there have been a few discussions of titles like "Mind". The benefit of such names is their generality.
The challenge I see is that names like "mind" don't directly align with existing discipline terms like "cognitive science", "psychology", "neurosciences",...
When I found this site, I was very unsure this SE was right for me. In a technical sense, I probably do identify as a cognitive scientist, but Psychology and Neuroscience hits much closer for me. It is somewhat long and unwieldy, though, and other answers seem to echo this sentiment, so let me propose this:
Call the site simply Mind. In the end, all ...