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Special Issue (Research Topic) on "Cognitive Aspects of Interactive
Technology Use: From Computers to Smart Objects and Autonomous Agents" at
Frontiers in Psychology Journal.

Submission deadline: Nov 15, 2017


Although several researchers have questioned the idea that human technology
use is rooted in unique “superior” cognitive skills, it still appears that
only humans are capable of producing and interacting with complex
technologies. Different paradigms and cognitive models of “human-computer
interaction” have been proposed in recent years to ground the development
of novel devices and account for how humans integrate them in their daily

Psychology has been involved under numerous accounts to explain how humans
interact with technology, as well as to design technological instruments
tailored to human cognitive needs. Indeed, the current technological
advancements in fields like wearable and ubiquitous computing, virtual
reality, robotics and artificial intelligence give the opportunity to
deepen, explore, and even rethink the theoretical psychological foundations
of human technology use.

The miniaturization of sensors and effectors, their environmental
dissemination and the subsequent disappearance of traditional
human-computer interfaces are changing the ways in which we interact not
only with digital technologies, but with traditional tools as well. More
and more entities can now be provided with embedded computational and
interactive capabilities, modifying the affordances commonly associated
with everyday objects (e.g., mobile phones, watches become “smart watches”).

This is paralleled by novel frameworks within which to understand
technology. A growing number of approaches view technology use as resting
on four legs, namely cognition, body, tool, and context (of course
including social, cultural, and other issues). The idea is that only by
viewing how these notions interact and co-determine each other can we
understand what makes the human invention, adoption, and use of technology
so peculiar.

Consider for example how advanced artificial prostheses are expanding the
human capabilities, at the same time yielding a reconsideration of how we
incorporate tools into our body schema and how cognition relates to and
interacts with bodily features and processes. While virtual environments
and augmented realities likely change how we experience and perceive what
we consider reality, robots and autonomous agents make it relevant to
explore how we anthropomorphize artificial entities and how we socially
interact with them.

All these theoretical changes then back-influence our view of more
traditional technologies. In the end, even a Paleolithic chopper both
required a special kind of mind and at the same time modified it, the
users’ bodily schema, or the way in which they participated in their
sociocultural contexts.

Technological changes thus inspire a renewed discussion of the cognitive
abilities that are commonly associated with technology use, like causal and
abductive thought and reasoning, executive control, mindreading and
metacognition, communication and language, social cognition, learning and
teaching, both in relation to more traditional tools and complex
interactive technologies.


The current Research Topic welcomes submissions focused on theoretical,
empirical, and methodological issues as well as reflections and critiques
concerning how humans create, interact, and account for technology from a
variety of perspectives, from cognitive psychology, evolutionary
psychology, constructivism, phenomenology, ecological psychology, social
psychology, neuroscience, human-computer interaction, and artificial

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:
- Distributed cognition in interactive environments
- Social cognition and computer-mediated communication
- Theoretical and empirical investigation of embodiment and technology
- Affordances of “traditional objects” and technological devices
- Theory of mind and social interactions with intelligent agents and robots
- Cognitive models for designing, interacting with, or evaluating technology
- Empirical studies on human-technology interaction
- Evolutionary accounts of human tool use
- Differences between animal and human tool use
- Methodological issues and opportunities in human-technology interaction


Founded by scientists in 2007, Frontiers is a community-rooted open-access
publisher, driving innovations in peer review, article-level metrics and
research networking. The "Frontiers in" journal series hosts 54 journals
covering more than 350 academic specialties, with a network of over 200,000
leading researchers worldwide. Frontiers is a registered member of the Open
Access Scholarly Publishers Association (
Frontiers) and was recognized by the ALPSP Award for Innovation in
Publishing in 2014.

The idea behind a Frontiers Research Topic is to create a comprehensive
collection of peer-reviewed articles that address a specific theme of
research, as well as a forum for discussion and debate. Contributions can
be articles describing original research, methods, hypothesis & theory,
opinions, and more. Please see the relevant journal for a full list of
accepted article types.

Frontiers will also compile an e-book, as soon as all contributing articles
are published, that can be used as educational material, be sent to
foundations that fund your research, to journalists and press agencies, or
to your professional network. E-books are free to read and download.

Once published, your articles will be free to access for all readers,
indexed in relevant repositories, and as an author in Frontiers, you retain
the copyright to your own papers and figures.


Manuscripts accepted for publication are subject to publishing fees, which
vary depending on the article type. Research Topic A type articles receive
a discount on publishing fees; please see here for a full fee table, and
further relevant FAQs:

Guest editors
Amon Rapp, University of Torino
Maurizio Tirassa, University of Torino
Tom Ziemke, University of Skövde & Linköping University Linköping

For any information write to: [log in to unmask]

Amon Rapp Ph.D.

University of Torino - Computer Science Department Svizzera, 185 - Torino, Italy

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Skype: amonrp

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