Guest editors:  Irene P. Kan, R. Shayna Rosenbaum, Mieke Verfaellie

Schemas have been defined as superordinate knowledge structures that reflect commonalities extracted across a number of experiences. They guide our current behavior and thoughts and, in turn, are modified by new experiences. How schematic representations are formed, updated, and activated in ways that can both enhance and constrain our experience has historically been studied within cognitive psychology, but data from neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience stand to greatly enhance our theoretical understanding of these processes.

For this special issue, we welcome submissions that examine how knowledge structures are formed, affect online processing of information, impact processes involved in memory and future thinking, and serve to optimize and/or bias decisions.  We invite submissions of innovative empirical research and reviews that examine these issues in adults or children using lesion, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and computational modeling approaches. Reflecting the aims of Cognitive Neuropsychology, submissions must (1) use neural data to make explicit contributions to theories of cognitive processing and representation or (2) use cognitive theory to enhance understanding of the diagnosis, treatment or neural bases of deficits in schema formation or use in clinical populations.  Under special circumstances, papers that include cognitive-behavioral data in non-clinical populations will be considered if they make clear how they inform brain-behavior relations.

Please submit a tentative title and abstract of up to one page in length to irene.kan@villanova.edu by Friday, November 16th, 2018, with the email subject line “Cognitive Neuropsychology Special Issue”.  Decisions on proposed manuscripts will be made based on appropriateness of topic, rigor, and a balance of themes to be represented in the special issue. Invitations to submit full manuscripts will be sent by December 12th, 2018.  The deadline for full manuscript submissions will be April 15th, 2019.  Submissions will undergo the standard review process maintained by Cognitive Neuropsychology. Publication of this special issue is planned for Winter, 2019 and articles will appear online as they become available.