Special Issue in The Journal of Cognitive Enhancement: “From Embodied Cognition to Cognitive Enhancement”

17.10.2017
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The Journal of Cognitive Enhancement invites submissions for a Special Issue on “From Embodied Cognition to Cognitive Enhancement”, to be guest-edited by Martin H. Fischer (University of Potsdam) and Markus Raab (German Sport University Cologne).

The motivation for this Special Issue is to address the current lack of exchange between the two active research fields of Embodied Cognition and Cognitive Enhancement in the light of obvious potential for synergies.The issue of how we acquire and maintain cognitive skills is of both theoretical and practical relevance. This is reflected in research on perceptual learning, memory maintenance, motor efficiency and cognitive/sensorimotor training in general. These research agendas are largely shared by the fields of embodied cognition and cognitive enhancement. Both fields have recently caught the attention of a wide community of developmental and cognitive psychologists, cognitive scientists, neuropsychologists, sport and exercise scientists, and educational practitioners, as well as medical and pharmaceutical industry representatives and the general public. This is evident from the publication pattern for the search terms “embodied cognition” (1537 hits) and “cognitive enhancement” (1069 hits) as shown in the Web of Knowledge. Yet, the combined expressions have yielded merely 6 hits (all searches conducted on 10th of April 2017).This latter outcome is especially surprising if one considers that both fields agree that sensory and motor activities are foundational for cognitive performance: Embodied cognition claims that all knowledge remains associated with the sensory and motor features which were present when this knowledge was initially acquired. According to cognitive enhancement views, increasing sensory and motor stimulation is beneficial for the longer-term improvement of a wide range of cognitive functions. Clearly, these two philosophies are related; they study and apply similar mechanisms and principles, merely at different time scales. Likewise, it may also be important to differentiate the concepts such that specific learning or memory mechanisms are indeed different or unfold distinctly over those different time scales.

We accept Research Articles, Brief Reports, Mini Reviews, Hypothesis and Theory Articles, and Opinion Articles. All contributions must explicitly address the interface between Embodied Cognition and Cognitive Enhancement, either theoretically or empirically. Submission details for these formats can be found on the journal’s home page. Feel free to email a brief Abstract to both guest editors to inquire about the suitability of your planned full submission.

Submission deadline for the final contributions, thorough the journal’s web site, is the 1st of December 2017.