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Special Issue "Perceptual, Cognitive and Emotional Processing of Mathematical Symmetries"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Christopher W. Tyler

Smith-Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, 2318 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
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Interests: human symmetry perception; mathematical systems analysis; complexity theory; texture analysis; self-referential systems; symmetry in art; consciousness

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Beyond its mathematical appeal and centrality as an organizing principle in theoretical physics, symmetry is a primary property of human perceptual processing across the visual, auditory and somatic senses.  The eye, the ear and the sensory feel delight in symmetries of all varieties, from rhythmic repetition to reflection to rotation to self-scaling. These diverse forms of symmetry go far beyond the biological constraints of the bilateral symmetry of the brain and bodily structures and the circular symmetry of the retina and visual structures, to the multiple cyclic symmetries of design and ornamentation. In art, on the other hand, symmetry may be as much implicit as explicit. Symmetry is often explicit in the backdrop as the architecture, the furnishings, the wallpaper, the rhythmic structure of the musical beat, while the central theme of the action goes out of its way to avoid symmetry or to react against it in an implicit form. This Special Issue invites contributions addressing the multiple roles of symmetries in the perceptual, cognitive or emotional processing of humans or other animals, and their analysis in art of all forms.

Dr. Christopher W. Tyler
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Symmetry is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • symmetries
  • asymmetry
  • perceptual processing
  • brain
  • art
  • music
  • sculpture
  • architecture
  • design
  • ornamentation

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