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Special Issue Proposal: Self-processing biases in cognition
Dr Sheila J. Cunningham, Abertay University
Dr David J. Turk, Bristol University
The influence of the self in cognition has recently been the subject of increased psychological interest. Researchers have reported a number of processing biases that are triggered by the identification of stimuli as self-relevant, including increases in attention, arousal and source memory, as well as changing patterns of neural activation. Taken together, these findings suggest that a number of convergent biases operate to ensure self-relevant stimuli are preferentially processed.
EPS recently funded a workshop on self-processing biases (‘The Reflexive Self’, Sept. 2014), designed to increase communication between researchers coming to this area from disparate fields of psychology (e.g., perception, memory, social cognition, neuroscience). Following the success of this workshop, this special issue is being scheduled to provide a timely integration of self-related findings, highlighting overlapping sources of self-bias and creating a point of reference for future research.
Two special issues on face perception
Two complementary special issues on face perception have been accepted: one on developmental prosopagnosia and one on face learning. Members who are interested in participating, can contact the Guest Editors of the issues for further information. Further information can be found on the website of the QJEP http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/pqje20/current#.VFIHqfl_t3V
1. Advancing Developmental Prosopagnosia Research
Dr Sarah Bate, Bournemouth University (
Dr Jeremy Tree, University of Swansea (
Cognitive psychology has often benefited from the study of participants with specific patterns of cognitive impairment. In the field of face-processing, patterns of impairment in individuals with 'acquired prosopagnosia' (a neuropsychological condition characterised by a selective impairment in face recognition) have been extensively investigated, and key studies have made an important contribution to theoretical models of face recognition. In the last decade, however, the field has been greatly impacted by a sharp increase in research focused on people who have face-processing impairments from childhood (and perhaps even birth), a condition known as 'developmental prosopagnosia' (DP) or alternatively 'congenital prosopagnosia'. It was initially thought that DP was an extremely rare disorder, but in recent years many case studies and experimental investigations using these individuals have been reported, and recent estimates suggest at least two percent of the population may experience the condition. This special issue will collect the available data and theoretical views of the condition.
2. Understanding how unfamiliar faces become familiar.
Robert A. Johnston, University of Kent (
Markus Bindemann, University of Kent (
There are many papers on many diverse aspects of face processing but studies specifically addressing face learning are much scarcer and the literature is fragmented. We believe this arises because researchers disagree on the nature of representations formed and the mechanism by which they are constructed. At the heart of the problem is the nature of these critical representations. One view is that abstracted representations lie at the core of familiar face learning and are view independent representations , another perspective emphasises the accumulation of unintegrated representations that are addressed when recognition is attempted. This special issue aims to produce produce a review that brings views up to date, identifies problems and contradictions in current approaches and sets up an appropriate direction for this field for the next 10 years.
Special Issue on episodic future thinking
A special issue of the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology on recent advances in the study of Episodic Future Thinking, edited by Gabriel Radvansky (University of Notre Dame) and Karl Szpunar (Harvard University). The issue will address both important theoretical issues and advances as well as new insightful data that lends to the understanding and breadth of application of this phenomenon. More information, including the time line, can be found on http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/pqjecfp1.pdf
Comments and Book Reviews
Listed below are the books that are currently available for review in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. Expressions of interest regarding reviewing should be directed to Philip Quinlan (email:
Hewison, D., Clulow., C & Drake, H. (2014). Couple therapy for depression. A clinician's guide to integrative practice. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Power, M. (2015) Madness Cracked. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Marziller, J., (2014). The trauma therapies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Nadel, J. (2014). How imitation boosts development. In infancy and autsm spectrum disorder. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press
Sanz, M., Laka, I., & Tanenhaus, M. (Eds.). (2013). Language down the garden path: The cognitive and biological basis of linguistic structures. Oxford, UK: OUP.
Shook, J. R., & Solymosi, T. (Eds.). (2014). Pragmatist neurophilosophy. American philosophy and the brain. Bloomsbury, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
Sytsma, J. (Ed.). (2014). Advances in experimental philosophy of mind. Bloomsbury, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
Update to policy
QJEP has made two changes to the existing policies. First, comments will be allowed to alleviate the problem that readers have few options to raise their concerns (or support) about an article published in QJEP. Comments are short (1000 words at most), deal with articles published in QJEP or with general issues faced by psychological researchers, and will be published at the end of an issue. Normally they will not go to reviewers but be decided upon at the Editorial level. Given our experiences at the Meetings of the Experimental Psychology Society, it is our conviction that such commentaries can become a vital and very informative part of the journal.
We also discovered that many readers miss the Book Reviews section, which had to be dropped a few years ago because the publication lag was becoming too long. Now that the journal has many more pages (and could further extend if needed), there is an opportunity to revitalise that part. Philip Quinlan kindly accepted to be the new Book Review Editor of the journal and readers are invited to send him suggestion of must-be-reviewed books. More importantly, readers who want to help making this section a success, are invited to send in their names as possible reviewers (please also include your subjects of expertise/interest).
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Open consultation from BIS.
About the consultation: The Government’s ambition is to make the UK the best place in the world to do science and research. This is why the government is making a long-term commitment to invest in science and research infrastructure. They are increasing capital investment in real terms to £1.1 billion in 2015 to 2016, growing in line with inflation each year to 2020 to 2021. This consultation seeks views on how the UK makes the most of this opportunity. The government will publish a ‘Science capital roadmap’. It will set out the long-term plan for a world-leading science and research infrastructure in the autumn and they are seeking evidence to help inform the development of this plan.
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