Developmental Psychology® invites manuscripts for a special issue on emotional development.

Submission and Review Deadlines

  • April 1, 2018: submission deadline
  • July 1, 2018: first round decision letters
  • September 15, 2018: revisions due
  • December 30, 2018: final decisions

Manuscript Submission

Please review the guidelines in the manuscript submission section on the journal’s homepage for information about how to prepare an article.

All submissions must comply with APA policies, including certification of compliance with APA ethical principles for research, the prohibition of multiple submissions and duplicate publication, authors' obligation to retain raw data, and other requirements for submission to the Developmental Psychology as noted on the submission site.

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with APA publication guidelines as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition and submitted through the journal’s submission portal.

When you submit through the online submission portal you will be asked to indicate an article type: please be sure to submit it is a special section article.

Please note in your cover letter to the editor that it is in response to the "New Perspectives on the Development of Human Emotion" call for papers.

Inquiries regarding topics or scope for the special issue can be sent to Seth Pollak.

Special Issue Aims

This special issue is intended to highlight new directions in the study of emotional development that set an agenda for research.

To this end, we seek papers addressing novel theory, methodology, and/or empirical evidence.

Topics may include but are not limited to: emotion elicitation (including contextual, intrapersonal and interpersonal factors), expression of emotion through language as well as nonverbal behaviors, perception/recognition and understanding of emotion signals, emotion regulation, neurobiological underpinnings and subjective experience.

We welcome a variety of perspectives including lifespan, cultural and cross-cultural approaches, longitudinal, dynamic and computational modeling, the study of both typical and atypical development, and socio-emotional learning interventions that highlight developmental mechanisms.

Briefer reports, multi-experiment papers, and longer conceptual pieces are all welcome.

The editors realize that some critical areas in the field have received very little empirical investigation and others require new thinking about their theoretical basis and/or appropriate methods of study; therefore, the editors will consider papers in these areas even if the research is still in early stages of development.

In sum, priority will be given to innovative contributions to any aspect of emotional development.


What is the nature of emotion? Is it an emergent property of interactions with the environment or a set of discrete, modularized biologically-based entities? How do humans come to understand and use emotion signals and categories? What is the role of contextual factors in how we learn about emotions? Are the neural mechanisms underlying these changes general or specialized? The study of emotional development in the 21st century must tackle these and other basic questions as well as the mechanisms of change in emotional development.

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