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Social Neuroscience

Special Issue Proposal

Social brain and hyperscanning across digital and real-life conditions

Recently, attention to neuroscientific applications for human-centred technology has grown, together with the interest in human-computer interaction (HCI) and how interpersonal relationships might be impacted by digital communication technology. The increased use of digital communication tools, the pervasivity of virtual environments for interaction, and the sudden veer towards new spaces for social engagement have an active role in shaping the relationship between people.

It is then questionable whether and how digitally-mediated interactions provide a peculiar physical, social, and psychological setting with respect to physical face-to-face conditions, and to what extent they are adequate for building engagement and social attunement, which represent the foundation of interpersonal relationship and modulated its development over time.

We aim at constituting an up-to-date compendium of fringe research on applications of two-subject neuroscience and, in particular, of the hyperscanning paradigm to investigate inter-personal dynamics and social attunement during digital vs. real-life interactions. Application to management, social exchanges, clinical setting, and so on, are welcome.

Therefore, the special issue will include both theoretical-methodological and empirical works presenting the state-of-the-art on such topics, as well as innovative research progresses and evidence highlighting what we should expect next from this field.

Authors with questions about the appropriateness of a topic for this Special Issue should contact the Guest Editors, Prof. Michela Balconi ([email protected]), or Dr. Davide Crivelli ([email protected] ) with their inquiries.

The deadline to submit abstracts for consideration is 6th March, 2023. After reviewing abstract submissions, the Guest Editors will solicit full manuscript submissions for peer review from a short list of authors.

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Social Neuroscience features original empirical Research Papers as well as targeted Reviews, Commentaries and Fast Track Brief Reports that examine how the brain mediates social behavior, social cognition, social interactions and relationships, group social dynamics, and related topics that deal with social/interpersonal psychology and neurobiology. Multi-paper symposia and special topic issues are organized and presented regularly as well.   

The goal of Social Neuroscience is to provide a place to publish empirical articles that intend to further our understanding of the neural mechanisms contributing to the development and maintenance of social behaviors, or to understanding how these mechanisms are disrupted in clinical disorders. 
Submissions from all branches of neuroscience are welcome, including (but not limited to) bio/neuropsychology, pharmacology, genetics, neuroendocrinology, evolution, psychiatry, neurology, aging and translational social neuroscience.  Experimental investigations of human subjects and animal models are encouraged. Further, submissions are sought that present brain-based empirical data in the fields of social and cognitive psychology, including social cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, lifespan developmental and other humanities areas.
Articles published in Social Neuroscience cover all neuroscience techniques including neuroimaging,  neurophysiology, and stimulation  methods (e.g., morphometry, fMRI, PET, ERP, TMS), as well as more traditional neuroscience techniques such as animal models, clinical case studies, clinical neurologic, neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric  populations, post-mortem studies, and behavioral neuropharmacology . Social Neuroscience does not publish articles that report only behavioral data.
The journal focuses on both molar (i.e., regional cortical localization, neural networks) and molecular (i.e., neurotransmitter) research. A broad range of social behaviors are covered including all aspects of inter- and intra-individual relationships. Investigations of environmental and genetic influences on social neurobiology are encouraged. Studies of abnormal social behaviors and social impairments in clinical populations (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, schizophrenia) are focused on in terms of understanding social/brain relationships. Language, memory, attention and perception are appropriate topics if they relate to specific social behaviors or cognitions.



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