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Thanks and welcome[edit]

Thanks a lot to Torchiest for his userbox template (see the project page) and a category for projects participants: Category:WikiProject Cognitive science members. And of course, welcome to the project, Torchiest! — (talk) 15:00, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Cognitive science / Cognition[edit]

The two articles need some work, especially the one on cognition. A systematic perspective is lacking, especially the lead section deserves attention and e.g. a thorough definition. Most basic facts are underrepresented in favour of very specific theoretical assumptions that may presently remain speculative. Differences between CogSci and other approaches to the subject should be clearly reflected (not necessarily explicated). The CogSci perspective should be elaborated on grounds of considerate literature. Please refer to the list of useful literature. (talk) 11:42, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

There have been some productive edits to Cognition in the course of an educational assignment. See Talk:Cognition. (talk) 13:13, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Assessing articles[edit]

Please refer to the assessment page for some basic information. (talk) 11:48, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Models, representations, maps – a quick review of articles[edit]

A number of articles are concerned with a similar or seemingly similar subject matter (remarks/respective scope in brackets):

Thankfully, cognitive model is specific to its meaning in CS.

Mental representation could be expanded to reflect the more scientific aspects. On the other hand, the definition is quite specific to CS and might be widened a bit.

Conceptual model needs some cleanup, material could be used in the other articles.

Internal model might be renamed »Internal model (motor control)« to reflect its scope.

Comment: That move has been done. (talk) 10:01, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Mental model ist really vague, in need of a decent lead and definition – pieces of descriptive and explanatory aspects are mixed together (even tough sections of the article might be very specific).

Cognitive map should see some clean up to distinguish the specific use in behavioural and cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience from applications of the term in environmental psychology (resp. geography, architecture, education etc.).

(talk) 12:57, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

I just found one more: Mental map. (talk) 09:12, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Requested move of Internal model to "Internal model (motor control)"[edit]

I have suggested to move the article (also see above on this talk page) for reasons supplied at Talk:Internal model#Requested move. Please discuss! (talk) 14:22, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Has been moved. There is a disambig page now: Internal model. (talk) 10:00, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

RfD of Relevance problem[edit]

I have proposed the redirect page Relevance problem (which redirects to Relevance realization) for deletion. Please see WP:Redirects_for_discussion/Log/2013_April_14#Relevance_problem and discuss! Kindly, (talk) 17:48, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Both articles have been deleted. (talk) 09:42, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Binding problem[edit]

Lova Falk has been doing some recent work on this article already, please help if you like. You can take a look at Talk:Binding problem#Focus of the article and lead Kindly, (talk) 11:30, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Relevance problem[edit]

Relevance problem, currently a redirect to Relevance realization, was nominated for deletion at WP:RfD on 14 April. After a week of no input it has been relisted, so your comments regarding this redirect would be very welcome at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2013 April 22#Relevance problem. Thanks, Thryduulf (talk) 02:39, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

As are the article itself Relevance realization as well as John Vervaeke. Thanks for the notice! (talk) 14:11, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
As I commented, I think it is preferable to turn the redirect into a stub rather than deleting it. You could probably write a better one than me, but I'm willing to do it if you prefer. My thought is to write something like this:
  • The relevance problem is a problem that arises in attempts to implement artificial intelligence. Intelligent behavior requires an ability to learn to respond to arbitrary combinations of features of a situation, but if there are many features, a combinatorial explosion makes it impossible to represent all possible combinations explicitly. The problem is to devise a scheme that only explicitly represents a subset of feature-combinations that are most "relevant".
That would need some editing and sourcing, of course, but comments on whether it goes in the right direction would be welcome. Looie496 (talk) 15:34, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Isn't that the Frame problem? Regards, (talk) 18:21, 23 April 2013 (UTC)
Could you give me a pointer to a source that defines the relevance problem as you have it in mind? Looie496 (talk) 16:34, 24 April 2013 (UTC)
I think they are (roughly) the same. Some authors use the term "relevance problem". Some authors consider the terms synonymous, too. Personally and in the most general sense, i would speak of the frame problem. Btw, maybe you have noticed my suggestion to merge Frame problem. Thanks and regards! (talk) 01:34, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Suggested merge: Frame problem[edit]

I have suggested to merge Frame problem (philosophy) into Frame problem. Please let us know your opinion! Regards, (talk) 11:04, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Welcome to a new project participant[edit]

As a young project we should welcome our new project participant User:SunnyJulia. A new user, she has taken an extensive effort in writing a new article on Cross-cultural differences in decision making. Thank you very much! (talk) 09:46, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

It has been proposed to merge or not merge Categorization and Taxonomy (general). See Talk:Categorization#Merge. Kind regards, (talk) 21:00, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Comparative Cognition Society[edit]

Hi everyone. I am working on an article about the CCS. It is in my sandbox, any help or advice is welcome. Oh yeah it is here Dbrodbeck (talk) 11:20, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Hi and thank you! I like the article so far, just two short comments: 1. you might add refs to the lead, 2. please don't introduce any redlinks. Kind regards, (talk) 12:58, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
Done... I think I will paste it into namespace later this week. So, others feel free to improve it in the meantime. Dbrodbeck (talk) 13:49, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Life and Death in Assisted Living - seniors[edit]

Frontline (U.S. TV series) will be running Life and Death in Assisted Living on Tuesday July 30th: Please contribute to discussion Talk:Assisted_living#Life_and_Death_in_Assisted_Living XOttawahitech (talk) 02:53, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Project added to alerts subscription list[edit]

Just to let you know I have added this wikiproj to Wikipedia:Article alerts/Subscription list. Hope this helps, XOttawahitech (talk) 20:19, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much! Kind regards, (talk) 15:18, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
Looks like alerts have not been activated yet for this project, I guess we need to be patient. XOttawahitech (talk) 23:41, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Welcome another participant[edit]

Thanks to User:Falk Lieder for his interest and participation! It is nice to have an expert on computational CS, and I am looking forward to reading Griffiths, T.L., Lieder, F., & Goodman, N.D. (submitted). Levels of analysis between the computational and the algorithmic. Topics in Cognitive Science. Kind regards, (talk) 19:11, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Source list helpful for this project[edit]

Cognitive science has a broad scope, as the project page section about this project makes clear. You may find it helpful while reading or editing articles to look at a bibliography of Intelligence Citations, posted for the use of all Wikipedians who have occasion to edit articles on human intelligence and related issues. I happen to have circulating access to a huge academic research library at a university with an active research program in these issues (and to another library that is one of the ten largest public library systems in the United States) and have been researching these issues since 1989. You are welcome to use these citations for your own research. You can help other Wikipedians by suggesting new sources through comments on that page. It will be extremely helpful for articles on human intelligence to edit them according to the Wikipedia standards for reliable sources for medicine-related articles, as it is important to get these issues as well verified as possible. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 15:12, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much; I have listed this in the literature section of our project page. Kind regards, User:㓟 - (pi) (talk) 14:41, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Expert attention[edit]

This is a notice about Category:Cognitive science articles needing expert attention, which might be of interest to your WikiProject. It will take a while before the category is populated. Iceblock (talk) 16:33, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to Participate in a WikiProject Study[edit]

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Ryzhou (talk) 02:22, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 3[edit]

Greetings! For this month's issue...

We have demos!

After a lengthy research and design process, we decided for WikiProject X to focus on two things:

  • A WikiProject workflow that focuses on action items: discussions you can participate in and tasks you can perform to improve the encyclopedia; and
  • An automatically updating WikiProject directory that gives you lists of users participating in the WikiProject and editing in that subject area.

We have a live demonstration of the new WikiProject workflow at WikiProject Women in Technology, a brand new WikiProject that was set up as an adjunct to a related edit-a-thon in Washington, DC. The goal is to surface action items for editors, and we intend on doing that through automatically updated working lists. We are looking into using SuggestBot to generate lists of outstanding tasks, and we are looking into additional options for automatic worklist generation. This takes the burden off of WikiProject editors to generate these worklists, though there is also a "requests" section for Wikipedians to make individual requests. (As of writing, these automated lists are not yet live, so you will see a blank space under "edit articles" on the demo WikiProject. Sorry about that!) I invite you to check out the WikiProject and leave feedback on WikiProject X's talk page.

Once the demo is sufficiently developed, we will be working on a limited deployment on our pilot WikiProjects. We have selected five for the first round of testing based on the highest potential for impact and will scale up from there.

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Harej (talk) 00:57, 19 April 2015 (UTC)


I'd like some input on what needs to be done to improve the "Perception of size" part of the article on Size. Cheers! bd2412 T 03:21, 12 May 2015 (UTC)