Out brain is pretty much the only tool we use. Sure a computer and an editor/IDE are necessary, but have nothing to do with being a successful or expert programmer.

So, are questions about how to develop our brain skills (which are programming meta-skills) like memory and problem-solving relevant to this site?

The FAQ does not mention them as relevant or not:

What kind of questions can I ask here?

Programmers — Stack Exchange is a site for professional programmers who are interested in getting expert answers on conceptual questions about software development. If you have a question about…

  • algorithm and data structure concepts
  • design patterns
  • developer testing
  • development methodologies
  • freelancing and business concerns
  • quality assurance
  • software architecture
  • software engineering
  • software licensing

and it is not about…

  • career advice, including general workplace issues1
  • personal lifestyle, including relationships, office politics, and non-programming activities
  • what language you should learn next, including which technology is better1
  • salary or compensation1
  • résumé help
  • what project you should do next
  • programming tools (ask on Stack Overflow instead)
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    Our sister site [productivity.se] may be a better choice.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 14:14
  • @Anna - It seems so...there are many similar questions.
    – B Seven
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 14:31
  • @AnnaLear: Personal Productivity is a sister site?
    – Dynamic
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 19:33
  • @Jae Sure, why not? It's part of the SE network.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 21:02
  • @AnnaLear: Well yeah, but isn't a sister site supposed to have a similar topic? It should be a "Cousin site" [playing devil's advocate...] ;-)
    – Dynamic
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 21:23
  • I believe [Cognitive Science][1] is the most appropriate place to ask [1]: cogsci.stackexchange.com
    – Alexey
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 9:51

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If I saw such a question I'd close it straight away.

It's not about the profession of software development in any way, shape or form.

  • If questions about brain skills are allowed on one site not specifically targeting brain skills, there's no end to the list of sites it should be allowed on. Everything requires brain skills. Physics, math, programming, cooking, gaming, writing, parenting, language... literally everything.
    – ADTC
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 2:31

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