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The Psychophysiology of Action

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Psychophysiology as a sub-discipline of Cognitive Neuroscience has been, and is still, a growing field. So, too, are the fields of Psychology and Sport/Movement Science. With this Research Topic we aim to link Movement/Sport Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychology to establish the Psychophysiology of Action. Here we define actions as body movements that depend on external and internal factors to reach a desired state. To gain a better understanding of what role actions play in cognition and how actions are functionally implemented in cognition, the psychophysiology of actions might provide deeper insights.

Although Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology provide the methodological and theoretical grounding, along with models about performance and actions, the connection to dynamical movements has rarely been drawn. This might be partly due to methodological challenges that arise when measuring psychophysiological variables in dynamical environments, but first and foremost because different co-existing streams in the literature exist that have rarely been interlinked. Performance Neuroscience (i.e., the Psychophysiology of Action) as an emerging field deals with truly dynamic movements/actions and their role in cognition and might thus provide valuable insights into the theoretical and empirical connection between embodiment perspectives, like the theory of event coding, and theories of cognitive control and response monitoring (e.g., the conflict model). This Research Topic will allow for the transfer of multidisciplinary knowledge and methodological developments to many applied fields of performance science such as surgery, driving, training, and competition analyses in sport and music or clinical settings (e.g., rehabilitation).

The goal of this Research Topic is to combine and integrate empirical, methodological, and theoretical research to accentuate the dynamical role of movements for cognition. Therefore, the Research Topic is open to researchers coming from the field of Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, and Sports. We welcome researchers to submit empirical studies, and allow for any article type accepted by Frontiers as long as it’s core method is the integration of dynamical psychophysiological measures (any physiological variable like EEG, eye-tracking, EMG, EDA, fMRI is welcome). We particularly welcome those studies that integrate behavioral and psychophysiological measures in their methods (e.g., single-trial EEG dynamics, drift-diffusion models). A core theoretical aspect should be the integration of theories related to the understanding of action across disciplines (e.g., Sports, Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, Music, and Art).


Keywords: action, performance, psychophysiology, cognition, cognitive control, embodied cognition


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Psychophysiology as a sub-discipline of Cognitive Neuroscience has been, and is still, a growing field. So, too, are the fields of Psychology and Sport/Movement Science. With this Research Topic we aim to link Movement/Sport Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychology to establish the Psychophysiology of Action. Here we define actions as body movements that depend on external and internal factors to reach a desired state. To gain a better understanding of what role actions play in cognition and how actions are functionally implemented in cognition, the psychophysiology of actions might provide deeper insights.

Although Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology provide the methodological and theoretical grounding, along with models about performance and actions, the connection to dynamical movements has rarely been drawn. This might be partly due to methodological challenges that arise when measuring psychophysiological variables in dynamical environments, but first and foremost because different co-existing streams in the literature exist that have rarely been interlinked. Performance Neuroscience (i.e., the Psychophysiology of Action) as an emerging field deals with truly dynamic movements/actions and their role in cognition and might thus provide valuable insights into the theoretical and empirical connection between embodiment perspectives, like the theory of event coding, and theories of cognitive control and response monitoring (e.g., the conflict model). This Research Topic will allow for the transfer of multidisciplinary knowledge and methodological developments to many applied fields of performance science such as surgery, driving, training, and competition analyses in sport and music or clinical settings (e.g., rehabilitation).

The goal of this Research Topic is to combine and integrate empirical, methodological, and theoretical research to accentuate the dynamical role of movements for cognition. Therefore, the Research Topic is open to researchers coming from the field of Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, and Sports. We welcome researchers to submit empirical studies, and allow for any article type accepted by Frontiers as long as it’s core method is the integration of dynamical psychophysiological measures (any physiological variable like EEG, eye-tracking, EMG, EDA, fMRI is welcome). We particularly welcome those studies that integrate behavioral and psychophysiological measures in their methods (e.g., single-trial EEG dynamics, drift-diffusion models). A core theoretical aspect should be the integration of theories related to the understanding of action across disciplines (e.g., Sports, Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, Music, and Art).


Keywords: action, performance, psychophysiology, cognition, cognitive control, embodied cognition


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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