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ISSN: 1943-3921 (Print)

1943-393X (Online)

Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

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Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov)

Special Issues

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

Call for Papers
A Special Issue of Research
Inspired by the Work of
Charles W. Eriksen

Coming Soon
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

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

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Guest Editors:
Joo-Hyun Song, Brown University, USA
Tim Welsh, University of Toronto, Canada

This special issue is a companion to the 2018 Leading Edge Workshop
Time for Action: Reaching for a Better Understanding of the Dynamics of Cognition

The overarching goal of this special issue is to provide a dedicated space for empirical and review papers that advance the understanding of how cognition and action systems are integrated and operate synergistically. This knowledge of how humans efficiently interact and navigate in complex environments is vital for generating a comprehensive understanding of human behavior and will help shape the design of everyday objects and training and working environments.

It is evident that the products of our cognitive processes are expressed through our actions. Historically, the transformation of sensory inputs into action has been treated as a set of relatively unidirectional processing events with the results of low-level sensory and earlier perceptual processes informing higher-order cognitive processes until a decision is made to respond, at which point the action system receives its instructions. Given this compartmentalized approach, it may not be too surprising that there has been relatively little interaction between researchers in cognitive and motor domains. Thus, until recently, a deeper understanding of human behavior has been hindered because little attention has been paid to the broader context of action and how action processes are embedded in the larger canvas of visual attention, memory, learning, decision-making and interpersonal interaction.

We seek contributions from researchers across multiple areas, including but not limited to, psychology, neuroscience, kinesiology, and human-computer interactions, to share and critically evaluate their cutting-edge theoretical, empirical, and translational developments. Submissions could be in the format of empirical pieces reporting new results from original research, targeted reviews, or interesting viewpoints. The special issue will have a broad scope encompassing experimental, theoretical, computational, and clinical studies, as well as methodological approaches.

Authors who are interested in submitting a review or viewpoint paper are highly recommended to submit a pre-submission inquiry of approximately one page to the guest editors by August 1, 2018. If you have any question about a possible submission, please contact one of the guest editors.

All submissions will undergo normal, full peer review, maintaining the same high editorial standards for regular submissions to Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

Submit a Manuscript
Closed for Submissions. The submission deadline was December 15, 2018.
Manuscripts should include a cover letter indicating that the submission is for the special issue, Time for Action: Reaching for a Better Understanding of the Dynamics of Cognition.

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.

Please contact the guest editors, Joo-Hyun Song or Tim Welsh, for this special issue.


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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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