Lorenza Colzato editor-in-chief of new scientific journal
Psychologist Lorenza Colzato is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, a new interdisciplinary psychology publication. The journal will contribute to a higher understanding of research aimed at enhancing human performance and creative potential.
The Journal of Cognitive Enhancement will pursue a theory-driven approach that aims to understand and explain how social cognitive processes, such as human perception, attention, memory, cognitive control, and action in healthy individuals, may be enhanced. The methods to achieve this include meditation, video games, smart drugs, food supplements, nutrition, brain stimulation, neurofeedback, physical exercise, music and cognitive training.
Research on cognitive enhancement is becoming a hot topic. The increasing costs of welfare offer one explanation, the second is that both Eastern and Western societies are continuously driven toward more individualism pushing the idea that an individual is the director of his or her own life. Together, this has led to an increase in interest in activities and procedures that help to express individual needs and develop strategies in order to deal with this. For instance, cognitive enhancement can help to delay cognitive decline in the elderly, which would extend the time people can live autonomously and, thus, reduce the welfare costs for the time thereafter.
The architect of your own life
In my early professional years, said Colzato, I was asking the question: How can I make the memory of this person function better? Now with our new Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, I phrase the question this way: How can I provide my readers with the scientific tools to take their cognitive enhancement in their own hands, to be the architect of their own life?
Rapidly growing field
Lilith Dorko, Cognitive Psychology Editor at Springer thinks this is a very exciting time in the rapidly growing field of cognitive enhancement. The journal is like a home for the academic community and their research, asking and answering the questions fundamental to the psychological wellbeing of modern humans.
Submissions will be accepted in 2016
Lorenza Colzato of Leiden University is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. Submissions will be accepted in 2016, with the first issue to be published in March 2017.
Journal of Cognitive Enhancement – Towards the integration of theory and practice
ISSN 2509-3290 (print)
ISSN 2509-3304 (electronic)