SPECIAL ISSUES
Title: Implicit Serial Learning

Editors: Elger L. Abrahamse

Title: Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of conscious and unconscious visual perception, Part I and II

Editors: Markus Kiefer, Michael Niedeggen, John-Dylan Haynes

Description: Elucidating the cognitive and neural mechanisms of human consciousness remains one of the greatest scientific challenges of the 21st century. Psychological and neuroscience approaches have promoted much progress in elucidating the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie phenomenal visual awareness during the last decades. This special issue provides an overview of the latest research investigating important phenomena in conscious and unconscious vision. It provides insight in the most recent investigations on the functional and neural mechanisms underlying the generation of conscious percepts. As a complementary line of consciousness research, this special issue also features empirical and theoretical work on the neuro-cognitive mechanisms underlying the effects of unconscious visual stimuli (subliminal perception) on information processing and motor actions. Research in this field helps to elucidate the chain of processes giving rise to consciousness by determining the impressive faculties of unconscious visual processing and by identifying the specific faculties that can only by achieved in a conscious state. The articles in this special issue are contributed by participants of an international workshop on the "Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of conscious and unconscious visual perception" held at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study (HWK) in Delmenhorst (http://www.uni-ulm.de/unbewusst/index-Dateien/CUVP_2010.htm).The special issue is divided in two parts: One part appeared in 2011, the second part in 2012.

Title: Visual masking and the dynamics of human perception, cognition, and consciousness

Editors: Ulrich Ansorge, Greg Francis, Michael H. Herzog and Haluk Öğmen

Description: The 1990s, the "decade of the brain," witnessed major advances in the study of visual perception, cognition, and consciousness. Impressive techniques in neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, electrophysiology, psychophysics and brain-imaging were developed to address how the nervous system transforms and represents visual inputs. Many of these advances have dealt with the steady-state properties of processing. To complement this "steady-state approach," more recent research emphasized the importance of dynamic aspects of visual processing. Visual masking has been a paradigm of choice for more than a century when it comes to the study of dynamic vision. A recent workshop (http://lpsy.epfl.ch/VMworkshop/), held in Delmenhorst, Germany, brought together an international group of researchers to present state-of-the-art research on dynamic visual processing with a focus on visual masking. This special issue presents peer-reviewed contributions by the workshop participants and provides a contemporary synthesis of how visual masking can inform the dynamics of human perception, cognition, and consciousness.

Title: Music performance

Editors: William F. Thompson, Simone Dalla Bella, and Peter E. Keller

Description: Music performance is a ubiquitous activity that is practiced and revered by all human cultures. It also provides an exciting domain in which to study human cognition and action from interdisciplinary perspectives spanning cognitive psychology, motor control, and neuroscience. Drawing from these perspectives, this special issue of Advances in Cognitive Psychology comprises invited review articles describing the latest research on music performance.

Title: Trends and styles in visual masking

Editors: Ingrid Scharlau, Ulrich Ansorge, and Bruno Breitmeyer