Call for Papers: Expanding Perception: The Role of Touch in Comparative Psychology, IJCP Special Issue

Call for Papers: Expanding Perception: The Role of Touch in Comparative Psychology, IJCP Special Issue 

In recent years, researchers have begun to include diverse modes of perception in an effort to understand cognitive and affective processes in various species. In this special issue, we are interested in an interdisciplinary account of how touch/contact has been included in diverse fields of research and the new insights produced by including this mode of perception.

Important Dates

  • November 1, 2017: Short Abstract 120-200 words (this abstract may include a complete idea or an idea in progress)
  • March 1, 2018:deadline for manuscript submissions

Manuscripts from all areas of psychology, philosophy, behavioral sciences, and related fields are welcome.

Special Issue Aims

The goal of this special issue is to showcase the recent advances in the study of touch/contact in the field of comparative psychology.

Broad questions/topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • The implications of using touch/contact as form of perception, what distinguishes touch/contact from other forms of perception? What are the consequences of including touch/contact in the study of comparative psychology?
  • Descriptive pieces of research projects that use touch/contact across diverse species (e.g. insects, reptiles, marine mammal, terrestrial mammals, human and non-human primates)
  • The physiological underpinnings of touch/contact across species (including, but not exclusive to, neurophysiological processes)
  • Touch/contact in social interactions and the cognitive and affective outcomes of these interactions.
  • Issues related to the design and implementation of methods for observing touch/contact.
  • The role played by touch/contact in human and non-human interactions in diverse areas such as the farm industry, service animals.
  • The relationship between touch/contact and stress
  • Touch in the context of play.

Manuscript Submission

We welcome manuscripts that are theoretical and/or empirical in nature, bridge different disciplines, consolidate research evidence, and have the potential to advance this relatively new area of research. All submitted manuscripts will undergo masked peer review.

Maria Botero, PhD, will serve as the Guest Editor of the Special Issue in collaboration with Editor-in-Chief Heather Hill, PhD.

Abstracts, as well as any questions, should be directed to Maria Botero

Please specify in all correspondence and submissions that your work is intended for the special issue on “Expanding Perception: The Role of Touch in Comparative Psychology.”

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