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CORTEX is an international journal devoted to the study of cognition andof the relationship between the nervous system and mental processes,particularly as these are reflected in the behaviour of patients withacquired brain lesions, normal volunteers, children with typical andatypical development, and in the activation of brain regions and systemsas recorded by functional neuroimaging techniques.It was founded in 1964 by Ennio De Renzi.
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Special Issue on Strengthening Derivation Chains in Cognitive Neuroscience
Submission Date: 2022-12-31

Aims and scope of the Special Issue Building knowledge requires a sound connection between empirical observations and inferred scientific claims. This “derivation chain” (Meehl, 1990) links premises and auxiliary assumptions that are necessary for translating theoretical claims into empirical predictions (Scheel et al., 2021). Any weak element in the derivation chain — e.g., a vague theoretical concept, an unreliable measure, an untested assumption about participant compliance — can invalidate the inference drawn from the data. To lay the foundation for strong inferences, scientists must establish concepts and methods, and examine auxiliaries. This Special Issue aims to stimulate and showcase foundational research that directly targets derivation-chain elements in cognitive neuroscience. Guest editors: Daniel Mirman, Anne Scheel, Anna-Lena Schubert and Robert McIntosh Special issue information: To provide focus and guidance for authors, we highlight three foundational research activities that we see as particularly important to the field: (1) definition and refinement of key concepts; (2) development and validation of key behavioural and neural measures, and experimental manipulations or paradigms; and (3) examination of preprocessing and analysis pipelines. Empirical articles (e.g., comparisons or meta-analyses of different methods or measures) should, in general, follow the Exploratory Reports guidelines, or Registered Reports format if authors wish to pre-register their study plans. Consensus or standardisation articles from domain experts, adversarial collaborations on a controversial issue, or narrative reviews should follow the Review article guidelines. We will also consider Discussion Forum proposals on controversial topics that do not yet have a consensus. References: Meehl, P. E. (1990). Why Summaries of Research on Psychological Theories Are Often Uninterpretable. Psychological Reports, 66(1), 195–244. Scheel, A. M., Tiokhin, L., Isager, P. M., & Lakens, D. (2021). Why hypothesis testers should spend less time testing hypotheses. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16(4), 744–755. Manuscript submission information: Potential authors are hereby invited to send a presubmission enquiry, initially by 31 March 2022, to the Cortex office , summarising the proposed article and explaining its fit to this Special Issue. Following this step, invited contributions will proceed to full submission on an agreed timescale, with close editorial oversight. The deadline for final submissions is 31 December 2022. Learn more about the benefits of publishing in a special issue: Interested in becoming a guest editor? Discover the benefits of guest editing a special issue and the valuable contribution that you can make to your field:
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