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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Eddy Davelaar, Birkbeck College, United Kingdom

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Mission Statement

Cognitive Science is a specialty section of Frontiers in Psychology.

The section publishes theoretical, experimental, methodological and applied papers on the study of the mind. It covers all aspects of cognitive science: ranging from pre-attentive sensory processes to intentional executive control and its relations to the philosophy of the mind. The method of inquiry may include behavioral testing, neuroimaging, genomic analyses and detailed computer simulations of cognitive processes at various levels of description, including single-neuron level, symbolic system level and interactive agents. Empirical work should be of high standard and directly related to how, when and why the human mind works. Neuroimaging work is encouraged, but we also welcome submissions that have a very clear brain-behavior connection; the dependent measures should include behavioral measures in addition to neuroimaging measures and directly relate the two. This holds equally for studies investigating the genome-behavior connection. As a reflection of the multidisciplinary field, we consider submissions that include analyses of behavior in cognitive non-human agents, emergent cognitive behavior in groups, and cross-cultural comparisons. Cognitive science has a rich history of developing new methodologies to tackle the finer-grained research questions. We are particularly keen to receive submissions that show how we can bridge the different levels from genome to neuron to behavior. This includes new methodologies for model development, selection and evaluation. As part of a continuing development within the field of cognitive science, contributions showing the utility of cognitive models in society at large and written for a multidisciplinary audience are particularly encouraged. Apart from being a research outlet, Cognitive Science will also publish commentaries and theoretical discussions on the history and philosophy of cognitive science that reflect on today’s research questions and outcomes.

Cognitive Science welcomes submissions of the following tier 1 articles: Book Review, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.

All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Cognitive Science, where they are peer reviewed by the associate and review editors of the specialty section.

Articles published in the section Cognitive Science will be subject to the Frontiers evaluation system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a prestigious Frontiers Focused Review - a tier 2 article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Psychology.

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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Eddy Davelaar, Birkbeck College, United Kingdom

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