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The section aims at publishing contributions to our understanding of social cognitive processes in clinical conditions. Research on social cognition in psychiatry has seen rapid growth and has helped to illuminate the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of altered social behavior in psychiatric disorders.Read More
The section aims at publishing contributions to our understanding of social cognitive processes in clinical conditions. Research on social cognition in psychiatry has seen rapid growth and has helped to illuminate the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of altered social behavior in psychiatric disorders. Thereby, it has become evident that understanding how social behavior is implemented by cognitive processes and biological factors, and how social experiences in turn shape cognition, brain structure and function are key questions for human well-being as well as for the diagnostics and treatment of psychiatric and neurological conditions. Using a broad range of behavioral (e.g. computational modeling of learning and affect, eyetracking or immersive virtual reality set-ups) and neuroimaging techniques (e.g. functional MRI, EEG, MEG) as well as brain stimulation methods (e.g. tDCS and TMS), the field has deepened our understanding on how social cognitive processes relate to brain structure and function and offered novel perspectives on how to explain clinical symptoms.
Psychological and neuroscientific research on social cognition is often severely constrained by its rather artificial laboratory and experimental set-ups. Therefore, we are interested in novel technical set-ups and experimental approaches that do not treat participants as passive and detached observers of usually static stimuli. Accordingly, Frontiers in Psychiatry - Social Cognition specifically encourages contributions that target behavioral manifestations and neural underpinnings of how humans perceive, reason about, and interact with other minds. The section will cover all aspects of human social behavior and brain function, from basic mechanisms of joint attention and cooperation to higher-order social cognition, decision making, the experience of affect and behavioral consequences in social interactions. The focus will be on all psychiatric, neurologic and sub-clinical conditions, in which impairments in social processing are central to the symptomatology - such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Anxiety, Depression or Borderline Personality Disorder.
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Social Cognition welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Case Report, Clinical Trial, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Social Cognition, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Social Cognition will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering 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 Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing 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 Psychiatry.