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The Society for Mathematical Psychology promotes the advancement and communication of research in mathematical psychology and related disciplines. Mathematical psychology is broadly defined to include work of a theoretical character that uses mathematical methods, formal logic, or computer simulation. The Society journal is the Journal of Mathematical Psychology.

Special Issue: Model-Based Cognitive Neuroscience
Friday, 05 December 2014 08:12

Special Issue of the Journal of Mathematical Psychology: Model-Based Cognitive Neuroscience

This special issue aims to explore the growing intersection between cognitive modeling and cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive modeling has a rich history of formalizing and testing hypotheses about cognitive mechanisms within a mathematical and computational language, making exquisite predictions of how people perceive, learn, remember, and decide. Cognitive neuroscience aims to identify neural mechanisms associated with key aspects of cognition, using techniques like neurophysiology, electrophysiology, and structural and functional brain imaging.

These two come together in a powerful new approach called model-based cognitive neuroscience, which can both inform model selection and help interpret neural measures. Cognitive models decompose complex behavior into representations and processes and these latent model states are used to explain the modulation of brain states under different experimental conditions. Reciprocally, neural measures provide data that help constrain cognitive models and adjudicate between competing cognitive models that make similar predictions of behavior. For example, brain measures are related to cognitive model parameters fitted to individual participant data, measures of brain dynamics are related to measures of model dynamics, model parameters are constrained by neural measures, model parameters are used in statistical analyses of neural data, or neural and behavioral data are analyzed jointly within hierarchical modeling framework.

We anticipate this special issue to include a combination of tutorial articles, reviews, and research articles. We invite potential contributors to discuss ideas or plans for submissions with the guest editors of the special issue; we especially want to coordinate plans for tutorials and reviews to minimize potential overlap. A formal expression of interest, including a tentative title and abstract, should be submitted to Thomas Palmeri ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by January 30, 2015.

Instructions for Submission
The submission website for this journal is located at:
To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important that authors select SI: Model-Based Cognitive when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process

Anticipated Timeline
December 5, 2014 Initial Call for Submissions
January 30, 2015 Expression of Interest / Tentative Title and Abstract
April 1, 2015 Open for Initial Submissions
September 30, 2015 Deadline for Initial Submissions
We hope to have the special issue finalize by the beginning of 2016.

Editors, Review Board, Ad-hoc Reviewers
The guest co-editors for this special issue of the Journal of Mathematical Psychology will be Thomas Palmeri, Bradley Love, and Brandon Turner; appeals to editorial decisions will be handled by the Editor-in-Chief, Philip Smith. We would like this to be a community effort, so we will invite a subset of contributors to join a review board for the special issue, and we will request other contributors to be willing to review at least one submission.

Thomas Palmeri
Vanderbilt University
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Bradley Love
University College London
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Brandon Turner
The Ohio State University
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