Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Interpersonal Relationships

Xiaoming Jiang

Shanghai International Studies University

An active researcher in human communication sciences with 15 years of interdisciplinary expertise in cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, and speech sciences. Dr. Jiang has worked as a visiting scholar in Hiroshima University (Hiroshima) and a senior researcher in the natural language understanding team in Nuance Communication (Montreal), and has been affiliated with McGill University, East China Normal University, and Peking University where he was awarded his Ph.D.


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Developing and maintain interpersonal and intergroup relationships are essential in human social interaction, and increasingly become a part of social intelligence for human beings to succeed in societies. The knowledge about how to wisely maintain and strategically develop interpersonal relationships is a continuing topic for educators, parents, policymakers, business partners, health counselors, and so on.

In this volume, we are open to many topics that address interpersonal relationships, spanning from psychological mechanisms underlying building interpersonal relationships at individual levels to maintaining interpersonal networks at society levels. What challenges are people facing in interpersonal relationships during the COVID-19 pandemics? How do virtual communication (e.g. Wechat etc.) and social distancing affect interpersonal relationships? What are the structures underlying interpersonal or intergroup relationships across different contexts, such as friendships, romantic relationships, family relationships, religious relationships, and relationships in and across organizations, communities, and groups? What are the prerequisites for children and adolescents to develop interpersonal relationships with others? Can such skills be trained? What is the (neuro)cognitive impact of processes of interpersonal relationships in professionals dealing with persons, such as psychological counselors, doctors, professors, lawyers, etc? What factors block the group outsiders from building relationships with group members? How are the elderly maintaining interpersonal relationships and how does aging affect such a process? What are the pathological relationships and what are their underlying psychological consequences and impacts on the psychiatric status? How are interpersonal relationships communicated and perceived by others? How do human beings build relationships with nonhuman existing such as animals and machines? How do interpersonal relationships affect one's cognitive processes, such as language comprehension, attention, and executive functions? Do processes related to interpersonal relationships suffer from individual differences and cultural differences? What are the links between interpersonal relationships and arts?

In this book, we intend to provide the reader with a novel and interdisciplinary overview of the state-of-the-art research in interpersonal relationships, featuring empirical reports, case studies, meta-analysis, systematic reviews, perspectives from scholars with a variety of expertise, ranging from psychology, communication science, neuroscience, linguistics, computational science, health science, sociology, philosophy, and arts.

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: September 30th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: October 28th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: December 27th 2021

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: March 17th 2022

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: May 16th 2022

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About the editor

Xiaoming Jiang

Shanghai International Studies University

Dr. Xiaoming Jiang is a professor from the Institute of Linguistics, Shanghai International Studies University, China. He obtained a BS in Psychology from East China Normal University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Peking University. He worked as a research fellow at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and as a senior speech scientist in nuance communication. His research utilizes experimental methodologies to uncover social and interpersonal aspects of human communicative processes including speaker confidence and trustworthiness. While serving as the editor for journals such as Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Communication, he published nearly forty peer-reviewed articles as lead author in high-impact journals such as NeuroImage, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, and Speech Communication.

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