[visionlist] Special Issue in i-Perception: Amodal completion ­ a conceptual playground between perception and cognition

Special Issue in i-Perception: Amodal completion – a conceptual playground between perception and cognition
Editors: Rob van Lier and Vebjørn Ekroll
Submission deadline: April 30th, 2018
The notion of “amodal completion”, which was most famously advanced by Albert Michotte and Gaetano Kanizsa has now developed into a central concept in perception theory. The enigmatic phenomena it refers to raise fundamental theoretical questions about the nature of perception and cognition and although significant progress has been made over the last 50 years, they remain a conceptual challenge for perception theory in general, and we have only begun to explore the rich conceptual playground they provide. The aim of this special issue is to take stock of the advances that have been made, delineate the challenges for future research and reflect on the many fundamental questions inspired by research on amodal completion. What do the phenomena of amodal completion teach us about the demarcation line/gray zone between perception and cognition? Is amodal completion merely an interesting phenomenon at the fringe of perception or is it a central case for any theory of perception? Are modal and amodal completion two sides of the same coin or fundamentally different phenomena? Are current definitions of amodal completion adequate? Do we have a good overview over the relevant phenomena, or is the scope of current research too narrow?
Papers are invited on all aspects of amodal perception and all types of work that speaks to the above questions will be considered: Conceptual and theoretical analyses, experimental work and historical treatments are equally welcome.
We welcome contributions from a broad range of disciplines, such as vision science, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and philosophy. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by experts in the relevant field(s). As standard, contributions will be subject to i-Perception’s usual open-access publication charges (http://ift.tt/2te57PF), but financial assistance is available for authors of quality submissions with limited funding – please contact the editors outlining your circumstances if this applies. For further details concerning guidelines for authors see: http://ift.tt/2e5Tub1. Individual papers in the special issue will be published as soon as they are accepted and ready for publication.
Please feel free to contact us if you require further information.
Rob van Lier & Vebjørn Ekroll


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