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The Enactive Scientific Study of Experience
(Updated: 1 April 2021)

Special Issue of Constructivist Foundations to be published in March 2021 (Part 1) and July 2021 (Part 2)
Edited by Camila Valenzuela-Moguillansky, Ema Demšar and Alexander Riegler


The advent of the enactive approach to cognition produced a paradigm shift that has given a central place to the body and subjective experience in various fields of research. This paradigm shift converges with the development of the field of phenomenology, which gives an increasingly central role to embodiment in the study and understanding of human experience. Notions such as body resonance, body consciousness, aesthetic body resonance, body memory, somatic markers, among others, have been opening a fruitful dialogue both at a philosophical and epistemological level as well as at an applied level (for example in areas such as cognitive sciences, neurosciences, psychology, psychiatry, linguistics, medicine, anthropology, education, artificial intelligence, design, architecture, urbanism, etc.).

The growing emphasis on the study of lived experience requires methodologies that allow its study from a first-person perspective. This has allowed the establishment of bridges between the scientific world and the arts, as practices that allow alternatives roads to the understanding of human experience. These developments involve theoretical, epistemological and methodological challenges that we have organized around the following axes:

1. The notion of experience: what is it that we are studying?

2. The notion of memory and the study of experience

3. Roads to human experience: the question of language

We invite researchers and professionals from different areas of knowledge to exchange experiences, theoretical and/or applied perspectives around these and other related questions.

This special issue is preceded by the Conference “An embodied approach in the study of experience” taking place from 5 to 9 October 2020 in a virtual, web-based format.

Article submissions

The special issue will be organized around a number of target articles followed by Open Peer Commentaries. Submission of full papers (in English) is due 1 November 2020, followed by a double-blind review. In the case of conditional acceptance, sufficient time will be allocated for the revisions requested. Target articles should not exceed 9000 words. The special issue is published in two parts in March 2021 and July 2021.

A Word template with the author guidelines can be found at

Declarations of interests, paper submissions, and all further inquiries should be sent by e-mail to the editors at:


1 Nov 2020: Submission deadline for full papers
1 Jan 2021: Final paper submission, papers sent to Open Peer Commentary (OPC) authors
21 Feb 2021: Submission deadline for OPCs (Part 1)
24 Mar 2021: Publication date (Part 1)
15 Jun 2021: Submission deadline for OPCs (Part 2)
15 Jul 2021: Publication date (Part 2)