Embodied Cognition: An Applied Perspective

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Call for Papers: Embodied Cognition: An Applied Perspective

e-Journal of Applied Psychology (e-JAP)

The embodied cognition paradigm argues that mind, body and world are inextricably entwined (Shapiro, 2011). The past two decades has seen an explosion in theoretical and empirical literature on embodied cognition across a broad range of psychological disciplines. Researchers and practitioners are now moving beyond questions of whether or how mind, body and world relate, to consider in more detail implications arising from this conceptual and methodological paradigm.
This special edition of e-JAP will focus on real-world applications of the embodied cognition paradigm, as well as findings and questions that arise in relation to the application of this paradigm.

We are calling for empirically-based papers (or extended abstracts as expressions of interest) with a strong theoretical grounding in embodied cognition, and an emphasis on application.
Examples of applied areas include, but are not limited to:

•Clinical: including neuroplasticity, embodied psychotherapy, embodied mindfulness therapies, art therapy, dance therapy, sensorimotor therapy, play therapy, body memory, etc.

•Social: including leadership, body language, power, group dynamics, dyadic relationships, family relationships, attitudes, stereotyping, discrimination, gender roles, communication, culture, the self, marketing, occupational dynamics, etc.

•Health: including health promotion, health-related behaviour change, patient-doctor dynamics, treatment adherence, attrition, etc.

•Sport: including expertise, training techniques, coaching, recovery, etc.

•Education: including child development, child, adolescent, adult and older adult learning, language learning, music learning, educational settings, teacher-student dynamics, etc.

Additionally, papers may further discuss questions provoked by specific applications and findings, such as:

•Implications for qualitative research methodologies

•Potential dialogues or entwined relations between application and research

•Implications for therapeutic or diagnostic models

Novel experimental studies firmly grounded in embodiment theory are encouraged. Pilot empirical data, student papers, trends and negative findings are also welcome. Authors may also consider reframing existing or published papers by emphasising the possible application of their findings.

Submissions of less than 4000 words are encouraged, however longer papers will be considered on merit. Please click on the link below for author guidelines, submission preparation, copyright and privacy information:


e-JAP is an online, international, peer-reviewed journal listed on EBSCOhost, with an Impact Factor of 1.The journal is currently being restructured and this special edition will be the first in a series of themed editions.

The deadline for abstracts/proposals is: 31st October 2013
The deadline for full papers is: 31st December 2013

To submit a paper or proposal, please contact one of the special edition editors:

Dr Nuwan Leitan: nleitan@swin.edu.au
Dr Lucian Chaffey: lchaffey@swin.edu.au

Shapiro, L. (2011). Embodied cognition. Oxon, UK: Routledge.