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Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications publishes new empirical and theoretical work covering all areas of Cognition, with a special emphasis on use-inspired basic research: fundamental research that grows from hypotheses about real-world problems. We expect that authors will be able to explain in a Significance section how their basic research serves to advance our understanding of the cognitive aspects of a problem with real-world applications. 

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Announcing a new thematic series on Deception Detection

Submission deadline: September 1st, 2018

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Announcing a new thematic series on Attention in Natural and Mediated Realities

Submission deadline: December 31st, 2017

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Announcing a new thematic series on Individual differences in face perception and person recognition

Submission deadline: December 31, 2017

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Announcing a new thematic series on Effects of Neuroscience Explanations

Submission deadline: December 31, 2017

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Announcing a new thematic series on Medical Image Processing

Submission deadline: July 15, 2017

A message from the Editor-in-Chief

EiC profile

Cognitive Research: Principle and Implications (CRPI) is the ambitious new journal of the Psychonomic Society. Not only do we want to publish first-rate cognitive research, we want to change the standard way that our discipline thinks about basic and applied research. The standard view is dichotomous: Is your research basic, fundamental, and pure or applied, translational, and practical? At CRPI, we are inspired by Donald Stokes’ 1997 book, Pasteur's Quadrant: Basic science and technological innovation (Stokes, 1997) to look differently at our scientific enterprise. Stokes envisions a 2-dimensional not a 1-dimensional research space. On his x-axis, we have “considerations of use” and on y, the “quest for fundamental understanding”. If we imagine this as a 2x2 grid, that upper right quadrant is the “Pasteur’s Quadrant” of his title and the sweet spot for submissions to CRPI. At CRPI, we respect the work in any part of Stokes’ two-dimensional space. Our specific mission is to encourage and advertise the two-way conversation between the world and the cognitive laboratory. We aim to be a scholarly journal, filled with the best of our science. At the same time, if someone from outside our field looks at our abstracts and, even more so, at our significance statements, they should see “research in an area of basic scientific ignorance that lies at the heart of a social problem” (Stokes p60 quoting Holton, 1993). We are firmly convinced that Pasteur’s Quadrant holds much of the best Cognitive research and we want to publish those papers.



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