Call for papers on Memory and Action

- for a special issue of Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology

Background: Memory primarily concerns actions we perform, imagine or observe: what we ate for lunch, where we walked to, with whom we interacted. The question most commonly posed to those arriving home is: “What did you do today?” stimulating our memory for actions.

Most of the research literature on memory excludes actions, although some researchers addressed this in the early 1980s. After two decades with little research concerning memory for actions, this topic is now attracting more attention. Recently, psychology, medicine and neuroscience have developed different new methods to explore embodied cognition, enactment effect or mirror neurons over the lifespan, for healthy participants or patients. Despite these efforts, the specificity of action in memory requires further investigation to develop a better understanding. For example, there is no consensus on how enactment effect enhances memory, both on cognitive and neuroscience levels. In addition, research is being conducted on memory or action within the fields of Psychology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Physiology and Sociology, there is a need to bridge research between these disciplines.

Call: This special issue on memory and action will bring together research on the evaluation, rehabilitation, brain substrates, emotional factors and models from different fields. We welcome original research articles, reviews, and short communications. For Author instructions, please see here.

Guest Editor: Mathieu Hainselin, Centre de Recherche en Psychologie: Cognition, Psychisme et Organisations, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 October 2014 (Submission to mathieu.hainselin@u-picardie.fr)

Deadline for full article submission: 1 December 2014