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Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience - Motivation and Reward

Call for papers for the special issue: "Motivation Seen Through the Kaleidoscope of Multi-Disciplinarity and Multi-Scales: Towards the Emergence of New Paradigms and perspectives Favored by Crossed Looks"


Motivation is a powerful driving force in the dynamics of animal and human behavior. It is based on complex brain processes, which are built up and developed over time, throughout life, and involve different brain regions. Motivational processes have strong evolutionary and ecological foundations, as they are linked to the survival of the species, including caring behaviors, learning, commitment to change, social interactions and so on.

Although it is one of the most widely addressed topics in behavioral research (over 115 theories on motivation presented in the literature to date, strengthening the idea of motivation’s pivotal role in life and society), many questions remain unanswered: understanding motivation is a real challenge at all scales of living things. This Research Topic aims to offer a rare interdisciplinary opportunity for scientists working on motivation to cross their views in the description, the understanding, and/or the intervention of motivated behaviors in life.

This Frontiers special issue is intended to encourage breakthrough innovation, by bringing together perspectives and approaches from a wide range of disciplinary fields, including neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, educational and social sciences, ethology, psychiatry and medicine, neurochemistry, genetics and epigenetics, philosophy, paleontology, paleo-neurobiology...

This special issue will include between 6 and 9 articles subject, and will go through a classic peer-review process. The language of Frontiers is American English. All publications must therefore be written in English.

Priority will be given to work that:
- define or redefine the concept of motivation and its multiple facets (all contexts of motivation studies will be considered),
- explore integrative theories (presenting new elements or original combinations of known concepts, enabling advances in our understanding of motivational phenomena), as well as empirical approaches,
- present new data based on laboratory model organisms, animals in their natural environment, or human studies (measurement tools may be derived from a transdisciplinary approach, or adapted from other fields of research),
- open up as yet unexplored perspectives in a transdisciplinary discussion based on previously reported data,
- confront direct or indirect points of view,
- propose a state of the art of one's own discipline explained to specialists in another field, and consider current applications of tools that could potentially be reused in other disciplines,
- bridge the gap between disciplines or underpin new intervention paradigms.


Article proposals should be submitted in the form of an abstract (max. 1000 words), before October 31, 2023 directly to the Frontiers website.

Articles will be attached to the Frontiers special issue "Motivation seen through a multidisciplinary kaleidoscope and at all scales of life". However, given the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature and translational focus of the subject, you may submit your ideas to any of the following journals and/or sections:
- Frontiers in Behavioural Neurosciences, section Motivation and Reward,
- Frontiers in Education, Educational Psychology section,
- Frontiers in Psychology, Educational Psychology section,
- Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

Proposed timetable:
- October 31, 2023: Deadline for submission of abstracts
- February 29, 2024: Deadline for submission of full manuscripts on the journal website.

Please let us know if you would like to submit an abstract (Sandrine Parrot- and Bénédicte Terrier-, and transfer this call for papers to your collaborators (national and international). We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sandrine Parrot (University of Lyon), Jackson Cioni Bittencourt (University of São Paulo), Flavia Barbano (National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, United States), Bénédicte Terrier (Inserm Lyon), co-editors of the special issue Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience - Motivation and Reward.