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The specialty of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology section offers an open-access forum for theoretical perspectives that give insights into the nature of mind, brain and behavior. The approach is highly interdisciplinary; contributions at the bridge between philosophy and psychology are encouraged.
The specialty of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology section offers an open-access forum for theoretical perspectives that give insights into the nature of mind, brain and behavior. The approach is highly interdisciplinary; contributions at the bridge between philosophy and psychology are encouraged. Contributions might be theoretical and experimental, provided that they have important theoretical implications. Experimental articles can make use of any available scientific method, including naturalistic observations, qualitative methods, laboratory experiments, clinical interviews, case studies, computer simulations and modeling, brain imaging and electrophysiological methods. Experiments can involve humans (children and adults) and other animals. The section should be both a research outlet and host debates and articles on topics and research directions that are promising and fruitful in terms of theoretical implications. We particularly encourage contributions that focus on epistemological issues related to the future of psychology (e.g. future of embodied and grounded cognition; role of enactive approaches; implications of extended mind theories for psychology; role of the notion of representation for psychological research; emergence of neo-Whorfian approaches in psychology; role of crosscultural research for psychology), on highly debated methodological/epistemological issues (e.g. replicability in science; implications of dynamical systems for psychology; role of Bayesian approaches in psychology; role of meta-analyses; statistical learning; role of computational models for theory building and validation in psychology) and on topics relevant for both philosophy and psychology (e.g. nature-nurture debate; mental imagery and simulation; abstraction/abstractness in animal and human cognition; conceptual development; effects of language on perception, categorization and thought; sense of body, body image, body schema, bodily extensions; interoceptive and emotional experience; mindfulness; religious experience; penetrability of cognition/perception; consciousness; belief; decision making; social mind; stereotyping and implicit biases; joint action; mindreading and perspective taking; mindfulness; morality; representation of social norms and institutions; theories of narrative self). Articles will be selected on the basis of their scientific quality and of the richness of their theoretical implications.
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Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Brief Research Report, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Registered Report, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 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 Psychology.
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