The idea of a Special Issue of the International Journal of Psychophysiology focusing on research “down under” emerged in 2012 from discussions between the Society President (Robert Barry), the journal Publisher (Shamus O'Reilly), and the Editor-in-Chief (Connie Duncan). It was greeted with enthusiasm by the Society Executive, who set up an Editorial Committee to progress the project, beginning with establishment of timelines, evaluations of the conference abstracts ⁎ accepted for presentation at the 2012 meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, ASP2012, and critical scrutiny of each conference presentation. Formal invitations for selected authors to contribute to the Special Issue followed the conference. Members of the ASP Editorial Committee then served as Action Editors for the Special Issue.
This Special Issue contains the 24 papers that survived peer review, and provides insight into the current state of psychophysiology in Australasia. It is interesting to note that, although geographically far from Europe and the US, we are not so isolated these days — the Special Issue includes papers based on ASP2012 presentations by members from Korea and Poland, as well as the expected number from Australia. This internationalisation of ASP reflects the increasing scientific linkages apparent around the globe, and fits well with the ongoing aims of the journal's parent body, the International Organization of Psychophysiology (IOP). Note that ASP formally affiliated with IOP in 2000.