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Integrative Science of Human History
— How can Psychology, Archeology, Anthropology and Biology work together —
Guest Editors: Atsushi Iriki (RIKEN) and Jun Saiki (Kyoto University)
Expected Publication Date: March 2022 (or earlier)
Paper Submission Due: December 31st, 2020
Note: You should indicate on the cover letter that this submission is for a special issue.
Lately launched research project of “Integrative human historical science of Out-of-Eurasia: Exploring the mechanisms of the development of civilization” (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas; 2019-2023 [http://out-of-eurasia.jp/en/index.html]) is trying to generate thorough collaborations among various academic fields of humanity and natural sciences, including archeology, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, biology, genomics, among potential others. Through this integrative approach, its expectation is to understand the dynamical process of the creation of human civilizations over the history, in which human as a biological organism (comprised of genes, body, brain…) produced culture, while the man-made environment and social norms formed thereby became the uniquely human niche (environment of adaptation), and thereafter acclimation to the latter produced additional changes in the former human body and cognition resulting in further modification of environment… Therefore, archaeological, historical and modern civilizations created by humans should strongly reflect the cognitive traits that evolved specific to Homo sapiens at the times.
As such, psychology and cognitive science is expected to be central for synthesizing related disciplines throughout the scope of this integrative science of human history. On the other hand, psychology and cognitive science, well established to the date, commonly focus on understandings of presently living humans’ minds and behaviors, leaving evolutionary processes of how modern human’s mind has developed over the history to form current traits relatively unexplored. Therefore, opening such historical perspectives, through collaborations with related disciplines, should contribute to enrich depth and breadth of psychology and cognitive science for their further developments towards the future generations.
This special issue will be a collection of articles to represent challenges of seeking how Psychology, Archeology, Anthropology and Biology, and other related disciplines, can work together to understand the scientific mechanisms of human history. Articles of various forms, including original papers, reviews, perspectives, experimental or theoretical, descriptive or analytical, will be widely accepted.