Visual Cognition Call for Papers

Visual Search and Selective Attention 

Visual Cognition

A Special Issue of Visual Cognition on the occasion of the 4th VSSA symposium at Holzhausen am Ammersee (near Munich), Germany, in July 2018.

Visual Cognition is hosting a Special Issue (SI) on “Visual Search and Selective Attention”. Attention is no doubt a central, ‘organizing’ function in perception, cognition, and action, controlling the selection of sensory information and mediating responses to achieve our behavioral aims.

Work in the past decades/years has returned to a number of (by now) ‘classical’ issues, such as attentional capture and template-based search guidance, as well as opening up new issues, such as statistical (long-term) learning in search guidance and attentional control of visual working memory.

In parallel with this, there has been a marked convergence of the methodologies for addressing these issues, with many studies combining standard behavioral approaches with electro- and neurophysiological recordings, functional brain imaging, lesion studies, and computational modeling.

The special issue will include (but not be exclusive to) papers based on the presentations at the fourth “Visual Search and Selective Attention” (VSSA4) symposium organized by Hermann Müller and Thomas Geyer, with Jeremy Wolfe and Jeff Schall (Holzhausen am Ammersee, Germany, July 13-16, 2018; VSSA; The presentations at this symposium were, and the Special Issue will be, organized around four major themes:

  1. Template-based search guidance & attentional capture
  2. Selective attention in visual working memory & search guidance by statistical long-term learning;
  3. Brain mechanisms of visual search
  4. New data and models of visual search.

Of note, the Special Issue is explicitly open to non-attendees of VVSA4 whose work is recommended or invited by attendees. So we ask you to help us make the Special Issue a success by submitting your own work and/or by actively recommending others who you believe have an interesting contribution to make.

Submission Guidelines

Empirical papers as well as integrative reviews will be considered. All submissions will undergo normal full peer review, maintaining the same high editorial standards as for regular submissions to Visual Cognition.

Manuscripts should be submitted using the electronic submission portal on or before March 1, 2019.

Please select regular article format and then the appropriate special issue at the end of the submission process. Please state in a covering letter to the editor that the paper should be considered for the special VSSA issue. Full instructions for authors can be found here

The deadline is firm; our intention is to publish the special issue within nine months after the submission deadline. Revisions invited by the guest editors will be expected within two months of receipt of the editorial decision letter and reviews.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Thomas Geyer
  • Guest Editor: Hermann Müller
  • Guest Associate Editor: Jeff Schall
  • Guest Associate Editor: Jeremy Wolfe
  • Guest Associate Editor: Chris Olivers