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The sensory-cognitive interplay: insights into the neural mechanisms and circuits

Submission deadline: 31 March 2021
Special Issue Editors
Elisa Magosso, MD
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering “Guglielmo Marconi”, University of Bologna, Campus of Cesena, Italy
Interests: Computational neuroscience; Bio-inspired neural network models; Hebbian mechanisms of synapses learning; Electroencephalography and brain rhythms; Biomedical signal processing
Mauro Ursino, PhD
Department of Information Engineering, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: Physiological modeling; Computational neuroscience; Biomedical engineering; Neural computation; Theoretical neuroscience
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

 

Sensation and cognition are pillars of human experience and interact tightly in a bidirectional and multifaceted way. As senses represent our interface with the external world, sensory inputs provide the information that founds and drives our cognitive processes. Our interaction with the world is usually multimodal, involving multiple senses simultaneously (e.g. vision, audition, smell) as well as motor aspects. Therefore, multimodal (rather than unimodal) experiences play a fundamental role in shaping our perception and cognition. High-level perception and cognitive functions such as multisensory integration, attention, memory, language, perceptual awareness, self-awareness develop upon (multi)sensory inputs since our early life experiences and are continuously updated and modulated by them. Not only senses impact on cognition but the sensory processes themselves are strongly affected by our cognitive states. Emotions, context, expectations, motivations, mental images, attentional states influence our sensory systems, e.g. by increasing or decreasing sensitivity of specific sensory channels or by blocking out some sensory inputs, thus altering how the external information flows and is processed throughout the brain. Recalling items stored in memory may even re-activate the same sensory-motor features provided by the sensory inputs during learning. 

Many empirical and theoretical studies have contributed to elucidate the complex interactions between sensory and cognitive functions. However, further contributions are needed to provide insight into the neural mechanisms and networks that underpin the close sensory-cognitive interplay, potentially outlining common mechanistic principles spanning throughout the manifold aspects of this interplay. These common mechanisms may include (but are not limited to): cortical hierarchical organization (from low-level sensory areas to high-level associative areas), synaptic arrangement (feedback/feedforward), anatomical/functional connectivity, synaptic plasticity and learning, neural competition and cooperation, top-down/bottom-up mechanisms. 

We welcome both theoretical and experimental contributions that using psychophysical, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, neurocomputational modelling approaches, attempt to advance our understanding of the neural mechanisms behind sensory-cognitive intertwining. Contributions may focus on one or more among the several aspects previously cited (multisensory integration, attention, emotion, semantic memory and language, working memory, awareness) addressing them as to healthy subjects or neurological/sensory-deprived patients (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, blindness, deafness, etc. ). 

 

Prof. Elisa Magosso and Prof. Mauro Ursino 

Guest Editors

Keywords
Sensory information
Cognitive processes
Multisensory
Memory
Attention
Language
Cerebral cortex
Neural networks
Connectivity
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Planned Paper (1 Paper)
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Connection between rs6265 polymorphisms in the BDNF > genes and the successful mastering of video-oculographic interface

Artem P. Gureev

Published Paper (6 Papers)
Open Access Original Research
Deep learning-based EEG analysis: investigating P3 ERP components
Davide   Borra, Elisa   Magosso
J. Integr. Neurosci. 2021, 20(4), 791–811; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.jin2004083
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The connection between rs6265 polymorphism in the BDNF gene and successful mastering of the video-oculographic interface
Yaroslav A. Turovsky, Artem P. Gureev, Inna Yu. Vitkalova, Vasily N. Popov, Alexey A. Vakhtin
J. Integr. Neurosci. 2021, 20(2), 287–296; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.jin2002028
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Alpha and theta mechanisms operating in internal-external attention competition
Elisa Magosso, Giulia Ricci, Mauro Ursino
J. Integr. Neurosci. 2021, 20(1), 1–19; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.jin.2021.01.422
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