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ISSN: 1943-3921 (Print)

1943-393X (Online)

Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

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Special Issues

Call for Papers
A Special Issue of Ensemble Perception: Theory and Experiment

Coming Soon
A Special Issue of Research
Inspired by the Work of
Charles W. Eriksen

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A Special Issue in Honor
of the Contributions of
Anne Treisman

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Time for Action: Reaching for a Better Understanding of the Dynamics of Cognition

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Constraints on the
Structure of Speech Communication

A special issue in honor
of the career and contributions
of Randy Diehl

Closed for Submissions

A Special Issue of Research

Inspired by the Work of Charles W. Eriksen

Guest Editors:

Joseph S. Lappin, Vanderbilt University, USA
Gordon D. Logan, Vanderbilt University, USA
Lisa R. Fournier, Washington State University, USA
James E. Hoffman, University of Delaware, USA

Charles W. Eriksen (aka “Erik”) (1923-2018) had a lasting influence on empirical evidence, methodology, and theoretical ideas in research on human visual information processing.  Many results, methods, and ideas in contemporary research on perception and attention originated in Erik’s work. He contributed more than 150 scientific articles, and his top 50 articles have been cited more than 20,000 times. Erik was the founding editor of Perception & Psychophysics, and served as its Principal Editor for 23 years. When he retired in 1993, Erik had the longest continuously funded research grant in all of NIH, and he was the last recipient of a Research Career Award.

Erik’s scientific contributions stemmed from his skills as an innovative experimentalist. Current research methods pioneered by Erik include converging operations, effects of stimulus and response uncertainty, visual search, rapid serial presentation, temporal integration in form perception and masking, spatial cueing for selective attention, the stop-signal paradigm, and the flankers task. His earlier research on perception without awareness remains pertinent to contemporary research on consciousness. And his tests of information theory applied to human perception and performance were precursors of contemporary probabilistic models of perception and choice. Erik’s research also exhibited a consistent concern with methods for identifying underlying processes and especially with experimental controls for rejecting alternative hypotheses. 

An important set of Erik’s lasting experimental and theoretical contributions involves the spatiotemporal characteristics of visual attention and information processing.  Contemporary examples include continuous information flow and the influence of the surrounding visual field on compatible and competing responses. Many of Erik’s contributions might not be immediately recognizable because they are now embedded in contemporary research. But significant aspects of contemporary research may be understood in relation to Erik’s previous work. (See Fournier, Lappin, Hoffman, & Logan (American Journal of Psychology, in press) and Lappin, Logan, Fournier, & Hoffman (Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 2018, 80:1030-1034) for memorial reviews of Erik’s research career.)

This special issue aims to highlight and advance contemporary research on human perception and attention relevant to the work of Charles W. Eriksen. We invite contributions of both original research and reviews of research that advance current understanding of scientific issues, methods, findings, or theoretical ideas that were the focus of Erik’s research career.

All submissions will undergo normal, full peer review, maintaining the same high editorial standards for regular submissions to Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. If you have any questions about a possible submission, please contact Joe Lappin.

Submit a Manuscript
Closed for Submissions. The submission deadline was May 15, 2020.

Manuscripts should include a cover letter indicating that the submission is for the Eriksen special issue. Because this is a journal special issue, not an edited book, the deadline is firm; our intention is to publish the special issue 6-8 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.

Questions? Please contact Guest Editor Joe Lappin



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Editor in Chief

Michael Dodd

Michael Dodd
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Associate Editors

 Brian Anderson
Texas A&M University, USA

Gideon P. Caplovitz
University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Meghan Clayards
McGill University, Canada

Loes Van Dam
University of Essex, United Kingdom

Karla Evans
University of York, United Kingdom

Michael C. Hout
New Mexico State University, USA

Liqiang Huang
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Todd A. Kahan
Bates College, USA

Ashleigh M. Maxcey
The Ohio State University, USA

Lisa Sanders
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Stefan Van der Stigchel
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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