Monday, 24 November 2014

Call for Papers IJCNN 2015 Special Session "Models of Cognitive-Emotional Interactions"

Special Session for IEEE IJCNN 2015. Updated submission deadline 5th February 2015



Recent brain imaging studies have highlighted the interrelationship between cognitive and emotional processes.  Emotion helps the cognitive system decide allocations of attention among a large, heterogeneous, and confusing set of stimuli in the environment.  Conversely, satisfaction or dissatisfaction of the drive to understand the environment generates positive or negative emotions.  Hence, it has become increasingly difficult to categorize brain regions as primarily “cognitive” or “emotional.”  Rather, a complex network of interconnected regions including amygdala, hypothalamus, ventral and dorsal striatum, anterior cingulate cortex, insula, and several regions of prefrontal cortex is involved in the interplay of cognition and emotions in human and animal decision making.

Furthermore, a number of researchers have found it advantageous to add emotion-like capabilities to robots and other artificial neural systems.  As the work of Antonio Damasio and many others points out, emotions can be of aid in classifying objects within a robot’s environment.  In particular, emotions like joy and interest can generate approach to specific objects, whereas emotions like fear and disgust can generate avoidance of specific objects.


We particularly encourage submissions related to the following non-exhaustive list of topics:
  • Emotional influences on decision making
  • Normal and abnormal affect
  • Cognitive and emotional effects of the psychotherapeutic process
  • Computational psychiatry
  • Differences between primary biological emotions and aesthetic emotions 
  • Emotional robots
  • Emotional representations in artificial neural systems.

Dates and submissions:

The deadlines for submissions, author feedback, etc. are bound to the normal IJCNN 2015 deadlines (and, thus, are also subject to the same changes and extensions).

The current schedule is:
  • Paper submission due UPDATED: February 5, 2015
  • Paper review feedback: March 15, 2015
  • Final papers due: April 15, 2015

For details on the submission process, formats, etc., please refer to the IJCNN 2015 Call for Papers ( ) and the IJCNN 2015 submission guidelines ( ).
When submitting to the special session, please make sure to select the corresponding session topic during the submission process.

Session Co-Chairs:

Daniel S. Levine, University of Texas at Arlington (
Leonid Perlovsky, Northeastern University (
Abbas Edalat, Imperial College London (

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