December, 2008
Volume 12, Issue 12

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Volume 12, Issue 12

Editorial Team

  • Editor
    Stavroula Kousta
  • Content Development Editor
    Patrick Wilken
  • Executive Editor, Neuroscience
    Katja Brose
  • Production Editor
    Ellie Carr
  • Editorial Assistant
    Damien Robertson
  • Illustrations and Design
    Lara Crow
    Mat McCutcheon
    Philip Patenall
    Neill Sharp


Advisory Editorial Board

  • R. Adolphs
    D.J. Chalmers
    N. Chater
    J.D. Cohen
    J. Driver
    A.K. Engel
    S. Fiske
    R.M. French
    A.D. Friederici
    M.A. Goodale
    M.D. Hauser
    R. Jackendoff
    P. Johnson-Laird
    C. Koch, Caltech
    S. Kosslyn
    N.K. Logothetis
    J.L. McClelland
    L. Nadel
    S. Pinker
    Z. Pylyshyn
    T.W. Robbins
    S. Shamma
    A. Wagner
    V. Walsh
    D.M. Wolpert

Featured Article

Action comprehension in non-human primates: motor simulation or inferential reasoning?
Justin N. Wood , and Marc D. Hauser
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Articles of Interest in Other Journals

Trends in Neurosciences
Genetic basis of human brain evolution
Eric J. Vallender, Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov, Bruce T. Lahn

Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Social and individual learning of helping in humans and other species
Laurent Lehmann, Kevin R. Foster, Elhanan Borenstein, Marcus W. Feldman

Musically Speaking
Robert Zatorre

The Law and Neuroscience
Michael S. Gazzaniga

About Trends in Cognitive Sciences

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This section contains Letters and Book Reviews: Letters usually discuss a recent article in TICS or, very occasionally, a matter of general interest. Letters should be no more than 400-500 words long with a maximum of 10 references. Where letters discuss a TICS article, the author of that article will normally be invited to reply, thereby providing a forum for debate within the journal. Book Reviews are small opinion pieces or mini-reviews of subject areas, in which the TICS author uses the book as a framework for discussing the field.


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Review articles are invited from leading researchers in a specific field. These articles offer a balanced account of newly emerging or rapidly progressing fields, and provide a guide to the most relevant recent literature and indication of future research. Together with Opinion articles, these form the core of each monthly issue.

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The signing brain: the neurobiology of sign language
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Benefits of multisensory learning
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