Call for Papers: Special Issue on Charles W. Eriksen

Deadline for submission: May 15, 2020

Due to author requests based on the complications surrounding COVID-19, we are pushing the deadline for this a final time to May 15.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding deadlines or submissions, please contact Joe Lappin (joe.lappin@Vanderbilt.Edu).

Guest Editors:
Joseph S. Lappin, Vanderbilt University
Gordon D. Logan, Vanderbilt University
Lisa R. Fournier, Washington State University
James E. Hoffman, University of Delaware

Charles W. Eriksen (aka “Erik”) (1923-2018) had a lasting influence on empirical evidence, methodology, and theoretical ideas in research on human visual information processing.  Many results, methods, and ideas in contemporary research on perception and attention originated in Erik’s work.  He contributed more than 150 scientific articles, and his top 50 articles have been cited more than 20,000 times.  Erik was the founding editor of Perception & Psychophysics, and served as its Principal Editor for 23 years.  When he retired in 1993, Erik had the longest continuously funded research grant in all of NIH, and he was the last recipient of a Research Career Award.

Erik’s scientific contributions stemmed from his skills as an innovative experimentalist.  Current research methods pioneered by Erik include converging operations, effects of stimulus and response uncertainty, visual search, rapid serial presentation, temporal integration in form perception and masking, spatial cueing for selective attention, the stop-signal paradigm, and the flankers task.  His earlier research on perception without awareness remains pertinent to contemporary research on consciousness.  And his tests of information theory applied to human perception and performance were precursors of contemporary probabilistic models of perception and choice.  Erik’s research also exhibited a consistent concern with methods for identifying underlying processes and especially with experimental controls for rejecting alternative hypotheses. 

An important set of Erik’s lasting experimental and theoretical contributions involves the spatiotemporal characteristics of visual attention and information processing.  Contemporary examples include continuous information flow and the influence of the surrounding visual field on compatible and competing responses.  Many of Erik’s contributions might not be immediately recognizable because they are now embedded in contemporary research.  But significant aspects of contemporary research may be understood in relation to Erik’s previous work.  (See Fournier, Lappin, Hoffman, & Logan (American Journal of Psychology, in press) and Lappin, Logan, Fournier, & Hoffman (Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 2018, 80:1030-1034) for memorial reviews of Erik’s research career.)

This special issue aims to highlight and advance contemporary research on human perception and attention relevant to the work of Charles W. Eriksen.  We invite contributions of both original research and reviews of research that advance current understanding of scientific issues, methods, findings, or theoretical ideas that were the focus of Erik’s research career.

All submissions will undergo normal, full peer review, maintaining the same high editorial standards for regular submissions to Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. If you have any question about a possible submission, please contact Joe Lappin (joe.lappin@vanderbilt.edu).

Manuscripts should include a cover letter indicating that the submission is for the Eriksen special issue. Because this is a journal special issue, not an edited book, the deadline is firm; our intention is to publish the special issue 6-8 months after the submission deadline. Revisions invited by the guest editors will be expected within two months of receipt of the editorial decision letter and reviews.