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Call for Papers Mechanisms of Attentional Control

Friday, August 7, 2015  
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A Special Issue of Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics in Honor of the Contributions of Steven Yantis.

Submission deadline:  December 10, 2015

Guest Editors:  
Brian Anderson, Cathleen Moore, John Serences, & Sarah Shomstein

Guest Associate Editors:  Yu-Chin Chiu, Howard Egeth, Michael Esterman, Bradley Gibson, Adam Greenberg, Anne Hillstrom, John Jonides, Andrew Leber, Taosheng Liu, Anthony Sali, Jens Schwarzbach, Scott Slotnick, Benjamin Tamber-Rosenau, & Daryl Wilson

Through his pioneering research, Steven Yantis has left a lasting impact on our understanding of the control of attention. As a scientist, his approach was distinctly balanced and integrative, providing clarity in the midst of theoretical tension. One prominent example reflects the distinction between stimulus-driven and goal-directed attention. Although still often framed in terms of a debate, Steven Yantis made important contributions to each of these two perspectives throughout his career. He was one of the first to argue that physically salient stimuli can automatically capture attention under certain conditions; he was also one of the first to argue that top-down goals can limit such capture. It is no coincidence that researchers on each side of that debate frequently cite the work of Steven Yantis in support of their position. Later in his career, he was among the first to argue for mechanisms of attentional control outside of the stimulus-driven/goal-directed framework that he had helped to establish. Steven Yantis will also be long remembered for his pioneering work uncovering the neural mechanisms of attention shifts, which was similarly integrative in linking different theoretical perspectives on attention.

In this special issue, we honor the contributions of Steven Yantis by bringing together a broad range of perspectives on the control of attention. Contributions are invited that cover any area of attentional control, broadly construed. Both empirical papers and integrative reviews will be considered. All submissions will undergo normal full peer review, maintaining the same high editorial standards as for regular submissions to Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. Manuscripts should be submitted using the electronic submission portal ( on or before December 10, 2015. Please select special issue as manuscript type when submitting and you should state in a covering letter to the editor that the paper should be considered for the special issue honoring Steven Yantis. Because this is a journal special issue, not an edited book, the deadline is firm; our intention is to publish the special issue six months after the submission deadline. Revisions invited by the guest editors will be expected within two months of receipt of the editorial decision letter and reviews.

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