CALL FOR PAPERS – Adaptive Behavior

Special issue: “Spotlight on 4E Cognition research in Mexico”

The last couple of decades in cognitive science have seen an increasing interest in the philosophical and scientific study of embodied, embedded, extended, and enactive cognition – so-called “4E cognition.” By now theories of 4E cognition have matured and a lot of evidence has been collected, which consequently has reshaped our understanding of the relationship between an agent’s brain, body, and its material and sociocultural world. Despite their differences in emphasis, the various strands of 4E cognition research are united in proposing that an agent’s cognitive activity is bodily mediated, especially by the context-sensitive deployment of sensorimotor capacities.

While these interdisciplinary approaches have largely been developed in Europe, the United States, and Australia, other regions have also been influenced by this growing movement and have started to advance their own original contributions. The aim of this special issue is, therefore, to put a spotlight on 4E cognition research from one such region, Mexico. It intends to do so in two respects: first, to explore the current state and breadth of the field in Mexico; second, to critically examine questions and problems elicited by this Mexican research, focusing on open challenges, with the aim to articulate more precise arguments for and against key claims advanced by 4E cognition research.

We welcome submissions of all types (original research articles, reviews, short communications, and opinions) from Mexican nationals and researchers based in Mexico related to 4E cognition, including but not limited to the following topics:
– embodied AI and artificial life
– life-mind continuity
– animal cognition
– sociocultural practices
– social interaction
– autonomy and agency
– sensorimotor theory
– varieties of enactivism
– ecological perspectives
– extended mind thesis
– human-computer interaction
– cognitive neuroscience
– psychopathology

Submission deadline: January 19, 2018
Reviewers’ feedback due: March 2, 2018
Revised submissions due: April 6, 2018
Publication date: August 2018

Dr. Ximena González-Grandon (guest editor) and Dr. Tom Froese
4E Cognition Group (
Institute for Applied Mathematics and Systems Research
National Autonomous University of Mexico


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