“Like the entomologist hunting
for brightly colored butterflies,
my attention was drawn
to the flower garden of the grey matter,
which contained cells
with delicate and elegant forms,
the mysterious butterflies of the soul,
the bearing of whose wings may some day
clarify the secret of mental life.”
– Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Recollections of My Life

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Special Issue

I am currently co-guest-editing a special issue in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, deadline for abstracts March 15th, 2013.

Hemispheric Bases for Emotion and Memory

It has become clear that the two halves of the cortex differ in their contributions to both affective and memory processes. Still, the exact nature of the interrelationships among hemispheric function, emotion, and memory remains elusive. For example, controversy remains regarding differential hemispheric involvement in emotion, motivation, and affective style. Regarding memory, although evidence suggests differences in the manner in which the hemispheres interact may be related to memory retrieval, it is still not certain which factors involved in retrieval encourage or inhibit hemispheric communication. This Special Topics seeks manuscripts that help to clarify the involvement of hemispheric laterality in affective and memory processes. Possible topics might include the differential contributions of the hemispheres to each of these processes, the benefits of increased or decreased hemispheric activity during such processes, factors that influence increased or decreased memory processes reflected in hemispheric activity, and the interrelationship between memory and emotion, as mediated by the cerebral hemispheres. Types of Manuscripts: Original Research, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Review, and Mini-Review.

More info here.