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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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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 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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Good question. The statistics displayed on the Area 51 page for the site give you a sense of the goals for the site. Answer rate: The answer rate at time of posting is 82%. The recommended target is 90%. It would be great if we get the answer rate up a little higher. So if you or anyone else wants to go through some of the unanswered questions and provide ...


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I am glad to see this question brought up. I would like to take the opportunity to emphasize that our site is the Cognitive Sciences site on the Stack Exchange Network. Running the risk of stating the obvious here, this means two things: It's a Scientic Site For one, as the sciences are part of the name of the site, both, answers and questions should ...


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I think the object is to provide correct answers. The fact that an answer has passed the "peer review" of intelligent people like ourselves should give credence to the fact that it is indeed correct to the best of our understandings. If there is a particular point in which someone has doubt or it is suspected that someone else may have doubt, that point ...


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If someone posts an answer as a comment, usually I reply to them asking them to post it as an answer; if they don't, I typically just post it myself in a Community Wiki answer with an appropriate citation. (I post it as a Community Wiki because it's not my work and I refuse to accept reputation for something that someone else wrote). See an example here.


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I occasionally post comments with potential answers in them. I usually do this when I'm not sure if my answer is what the OP is looking for. If the OP doesn't respond, there are no other comments about my answer, the question does not attract much interest, or others have already posted answers, then no further action. This does have the drawback that in ...


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I wanted to add to the discussion from the point of view of an amateur to psychology. In some of my questions, I have described a certain logical reasoning, mentioned a hypothesis that I reached, and then asked for a verification (or refutation) of the hypothesis posed. Now, while answering with research papers and references is great, but in their ...


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I also think this is a good idea. We curently have 724 unanswered questions (15% of all questions) and according to Area 51 90% answered is a healthy beta, 80% answered needs some work. In the beta it's especially important that when new visitors ask questions they usually get a good answer. so we need to get the answer percentage up to at least 90% if ...


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I think Josh summarises your question well regarding the self-help aspects. That said a few questions that might be on topic for this site related to ghosts: Why do people believe in ghosts? How does belief in ghosts affect X? How does X influence belief in ghosts? In general, whether ghosts are real is not on topic on this site. However, the belief ...


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Bear in mind that the stat 'goals' on Area 51 are an aggregate rough approximation of where sites in general should be, based on our experience. Each site is going to strike it's own level, they all vary. Having some unanswered questions, especially questions that are on the more difficult to answer side of the spectrum can be a very good thing. If an ...


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