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Special Issue: Contribution of movement research to socioaffective neuroscience and psychology

Actions and perceptions are two central components of our interactions with the environment and participate to build the representations of our emotions and motivations. For a long time, cognitive sciences have studied processes without taking into considerations these emotional and motivational processes. However, for more than two decades, many new research directions have shed light on these concepts underlying the tight relations between the hot and cold components of cognition. A good example is the relatively recent development of theories such as the Damasio’s somatic markers hypothesis and the broad development of embodied cognition that state as a central part of any cognitive process its sensory-motor processes. Therefore, the interactions between present and absent sensory and motor components determine the emergence of cognitive processes such as action and emotion.

In the last years, sports science methodology have participated in the recording of physiological indexes involved in socioaffective neuroscience participating to demonstrate the bodily markers of socioaffective processes studied through different functional contexts.

The aim of this special issue is to bring together original research articles, reviews and short communications supporting the relationships between motor skills, perception, mental imagery and emotional/motivational processes. In particular, a special attention will be dedicated to the study of the somatic correlates of socioaffective processes.

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, while 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: 1st March 2014 (Submission to

Deadline for full article submission: 1st May 2014