The Journal of Cognition, the official journal of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, publishes reviews, empirical articles (including registered reports), data reports, stimulus development reports, comments, and methodological notes relevant to all areas of cognitive psychology, including attention, memory, perception, psycholinguistics, and reasoning. We also publish cross-disciplinary research if we judge that it has clear implications for development of cognitive psychological theories. As a signatory of the Center for Open Science's Transparency and Openness Promotion guidelines, we value methodological rigour and transparent scientific practices. We welcome submissions from scholars working anywhere in the world.
Andrea Kiesel (Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg), Lisa R. Fournier (Washington State University), Carina G. Giesen (Friedrich Schiller University Jena), Susanne Mayr (University of Passau), & Christian Frings (Trier University)
The special issue will focus on action control and its two presumed core processes, namely feature binding and retrieval. Action control is arguably one of the most important topics in cognition as humans interact with their environment by means of goal-directed behavior, i.e. by means of actions. Cognitive processes were developed and shaped to enhance preparation, execution, and regulation of action. Therefore, it is the current consensus that cognition serves action.
To date, research on human action control is comprised mainly of an abundance of paradigm-specific results and models. To gain a better understanding of action control, an integrative framework was proposed (the BRAC framework – for Binding and Retrieval in Action Control, Frings et al., 2020) that can explain a wide range of findings across different experimental paradigms by assuming two core processes as key functions in action control: feature binding and feature retrieval.
We invite researchers to present data from different sequential paradigms and to discuss the possible impact of binding and retrieval processes. This can be done, for instance, by showing how the sole modulation of one of the processes affects an established experimental effect or by discussing how traditional explanations for specific findings could be accounted for instead by feature binding and retrieval processes. Another perspective could be to analyze how these core processes relate to other areas of research, for instance, feature integration is also a topic in perception research, and retrieval is obviously evident in learning and memory.
Accordingly, we invite empirical and theoretical work that focuses on the interplay between binding and/or retrieval processes and perceptual, attentional, learning, (working) memory, motivational or emotional processes.
Our aim is to compile a special issue full of intriguing and methodically strong papers. Contributions may fall into one of the following categories:
Additional funds are available to support those authors who cannot cover the APC from their own funds and any authors who want to take advantage of this option should mention this in the letter of intent to Andrea Kiesel.
Production timetable and deadlines:
Fund request deadline (July 31, 2021)
Submission deadline (December 21, 2021)
Review and feedback deadline (March 22, 2022)
Review and acceptance/final decision deadline (June 22, 2022)
If you intend to contribute an article to this special issue, please let us know by the end of July 2021 at the latest (email to email@example.com).
Posted on 18 May 2021
The Journal of Cognition invites proposals for Special Research Collections, similar to special issues of traditional print journals. Special Research Collections should focus on an important topic within the scope of the journal, and should include at least three manuscripts (typically 3-6 contributions) with corresponding authors from at least three different universities. Proposals should include a working title for the collection, a brief case for why the topic is important and timely, and a tentative list of the special collection content (including corresponding authors who have agreed to take part, and working titles of papers, if available). Please send your proposal to MoreyC@cardiff.ac.uk.
If your proposal is accepted, the European Society for Cognitive Psychology will pay the article processing charges for the content. The proposer(s) of the special collection normally act as associate editor for submissions to the collection, with assistance from the editorial board where needed to avoid conflicts of interest.
To submit a proposal, please download, complete and return the application form.
Posted on 02 Feb 2021