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Call for Papers: Visual Search in Real-World and Applied Contexts

Visual search tasks are an everyday part of the human experience - ranging from hunting for a specific recipe ingredient in the pantry to monitoring for road hazards and informational signs while driving. Due to its ubiquity in everyday life, visual search has been extensively studied in the laboratory for decades even if laboratory tasks are unable to capture the full complexity of real-world visual search tasks. In recent years, there has been a growing body of research seeking to narrow the gaps in our understanding of visual search behavior between the laboratory and the real world. The purpose of this special issue in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI) is to bring together this important research.  We anticipate submissions involving studies of visual search behavior in applied situations as well as general laboratory search tasks to further our understanding of visual search behavior in real world situations. 

Organizers: Jeremy M. Wolfe, Trafton Drew, Lauren H. Williams
Submission deadline: August 1, 2020

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Research in Progress at CRPI

CRPI welcomes submissions of Registered Reports and also invites authors to make their protocols available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner using our dedicated repository on figshare.

See below to keep up-to-date with the latest preregistered protocols that have been offered in-principle acceptance at the journal. 

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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. 

The Psychology of Fake News

Media outlets, social critics, political organizations, and research groups have identified the problem of “fake news” as a critical contemporary concern.  The special issue will highlight work that (a) identifies cognitive processes implicated in the detection and effects of fake news, (b) characterizes the consequences of fake news exposure across people’s diverse discourse experiences, and (c) identifies potential interventions that can help people overcome the allure of fake news.


Edited by: David N. Rapp, Holly A. Taylor, and Jeffrey M. Zacks
Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2020 

Group Decision Making

Decisions made by groups can be influenced by diverse perspectives, information, and expertise. Past work has demonstrated that such diversity can improve the quality of the resulting decisions, but research has also demonstrated that interaction (e.g., discussion among the group members) can hurt the quality of group decisions. 


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