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Wed Sep 28 18:33:02 CEST 2011

FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE  -  The social emotional developmental
and cognitive neuroscience of socioeconomic gradients
In a joint collaboration with Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in
Neuroscience , we are currently organizing a Research Topic, "The
social emotional developmental and cognitive neuroscience of
socioeconomic gradients: Laboratory, population, cross-cultural and
community developmental approaches", and as host editors we think that
your work could make an excellent contribution.

It is an honor to invite you to join us to contribute to this special
issue and considering submitting your work.
The papers will be rigorously refereed but fair reviews will also be
insured. In addition, for transparency and for offering hot debates,
we may want to consider publishing reviews as commentary under the
section "perspectives". This will depend on how the Research Topic
(RT) develops and on the joint decision of all editors of this RT.

The proposed structure of this Research Topic is provided below.

Host Specialty: Frontiers in Developmental Psychology,  Frontiers in
Human Neuroscience

Topic Title: The social emotional developmental and cognitive
neuroscience of socioeconomic gradients: Laboratory, population,
cross-cultural and community developmental approaches

Topic Editor(s): Amedeo D'Angiulli, Stefania Maggi, Sebastian Lipina

DESCRIPTION: The study of the socioeconomic neural gradients, that is,
functional and structural brain differences that correspond to
variations in socioeconomic status, is a very young area of
multidisciplinary research within the neural and behavior sciences.
Although a general consensus of basic results is quickly emerging, as
in any emerging area of inquiry, the approaches used within it can
still be influenced by epistemological or ideological stances
inherited from other disciplines (and potentially implicit ideological
systems). Inadvertently, these influences can lead this critically
important new area of research to methodological and ethical
foundational challenges and issues that are in need of debate over and
beyond consensus on interventions aiming at the effects of poverty on
children’s development (e.g., poverty definition criteria, lack of
specificity when considering child poverty in terms of how children
experience different type of deprivations, or lack of critics
regarding social exclusion in different countries). The risk is a
tendency to simplify the complexity that characterizes both phenomena
of development and social inequality. The overarching aim of this
broad research topic is to give the full spectrum of views on the
study of socioeconomic neural differences representing comparatively
the best examples of research in the field from different
methodological stances (i.e., laboratory vs. field) and theoretical
approaches (i.e., mechanistic vs. adaptive). The unitary background
framework provided as test bench for the comparisons is human brain
development in the broadest sense of the term.
The aim of this research topic is to portray the current status in
different disciplines addressing social inequities and human brain
development. The main purpose is to house a rich global international
critical and synthetic debate with focus on empirical research
updates, implications and challenges in Cognitive Science,
Neuroscience, Social Sciences and interdisciplinary arena efforts. In
this context, the contributions will represent four strategic domains:
(1) Cognitive Neuroscience (behavioral and neuroimaging findings in
different countries and their implications at social development and
educational levels); (2) Social Sciences -Economy,
Anthropology/Sociology, Education (updating scientific, ethical and
ideological issues on social inequities worldwide, addressing the
challenges we are facing: complexity, interdisciplinary efforts); and
(3) Interdisciplinary efforts (scientific and policy priorities for
the next decade); (4) Neuropsychoendocrinology (relationships between
social context and acute/chronic stress across the world).
Submissions pertinent to this research topic may include (but not be
limited to): Examples of population based approaches currently in
place: epidemiological studies, large scale studies on administrative
school and health; populations based studies in need of being
conducted: large scale brain (EEGs, MRI) assessments to debunk the
myth of deficiency in vulnerable populations and studies that draw
attention to the need to reform societies not intervene on
individuals; reduction of social inequality that is the result of
deficits in social structures; large scale assessment of community
mental health among groups of children sharing common environmental
features rather than recruiting unrelated individual children into a
sample; in-depth neuroethical, epistemological and sociological
analysis of structural influences (e.g., schools, childcare) and their
influences on vulnerable groups from a population perspective rather
than the effects of the individual child; neuroimaging studies
(perspectives, reviews, and empirical research reports) that
disentangle the developmental dynamics of how socioeconomic status may
influence brain plasticity; epigenetic studies addressing the issue of
gene-environment interactions in determining neural gradients.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan 15, 2012
Article Submission Deadline: Mar 31, 2012
All papers will appear in the same place on Frontiers journals website
and in one ebook, but Neuroscience papers will be submitted through
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and non-neuroscience papers (those
pertaining to epidemiology and those that lean closer to psychology)
through Frontiers in Developmental Psychology. This will mean that
some papers will appear in PubMed under Frontiers in Psychology, while
others will appear as Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Other than
that, the papers will be centralized on our website once they're
published, and you can submit to the most suitable journal.

Please help us make this the best Research Topic ever!

Amedeo D’Angiulli, Stefania Maggi, and Sebastian Lipina

Amedeo D'Angiulli, PhD
Carleton University

Department of Neuroscience
& Child Studies program -- Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies

1125 Colonel BY Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Room 2202A Dunton Tower
(613) 520-2600, ext. 2954
Fax: (613) 520-3985
amedeo at connect.carleton.ca

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