Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association

Journal description

The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance publishes studies on perception, control of action, and related cognitive processes. All sensory modalities and motor systems are within its purview. The focus of the journal is on empirical studies that increase theoretical understanding of human perception and performance, but machine and animal studies that reflect on human capabilities may also be published. Occasional nonempirical reports, called Observations, may also be included. These are theoretical notes, commentary, or criticism on topics pertinent to the Journal's concerns.

Current impact factor: 3.36

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.358
2013 Impact Factor 3.105
2012 Impact Factor 2.404
2011 Impact Factor 3.061
2010 Impact Factor 2.785
2009 Impact Factor 3.065
2008 Impact Factor 2.947
2007 Impact Factor 2.58
2006 Impact Factor 2.261
2005 Impact Factor 2.883
2004 Impact Factor 2.529
2003 Impact Factor 2.906
2002 Impact Factor 2.335
2001 Impact Factor 2.498
2000 Impact Factor 2.247
1999 Impact Factor 2.332
1998 Impact Factor 2.406

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.56
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.58
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.35
Website Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance website
Other titles Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance, Human perception and performance
ISSN 0096-1523
OCLC 2441505
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

American Psychological Association

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author can archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • Authors' pre-print on a web-site
    • Authors' pre-print must be labeled with date and accompanied with statement that paper has not (yet) been published
    • Copy of authors final peer-reviewed manuscript as accepted for publication
    • Authors' post-print on author's web-site, employers server or institutional repository, after acceptance
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • Must link to APA journal home page or article DOI
    • Article must include the following statement: 'This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.'
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • APA will submit NIH author articles to PubMed Central, after author completion of form
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Two experiments explore the role of configural representations in contextual cuing of visual search. Repeating patterns of distractors (contexts) were trained incidentally as predictive of the target location. Training these repeating contexts in consistent configurations led to stronger contextual cuing than when contexts were trained in inconsistent configurations. Computational simulations with an elemental associative learning model of contextual cuing demonstrated that purely elemental representations could not account for the results. However, a configural model of associative learning was able to simulate the ordinal pattern of data.
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 01/2016;
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Humans intuitively evaluate their decisions by forming different levels of confidence. Despite being highly correlated, decisional confidence and sensitivity can be differentiated. The computational processes underlying this remain unknown. Here we find that, for visual judgments concerning global direction, signal range has a greater impact on confidence than it does sensitivity. We equated sensitivity for stimuli containing different degrees of directional variability. This failed, however, to equate confidence-participants were less confident when judging more variable signals despite constant sensitivity. When stimuli were instead calibrated to equate confidence, participants were more sensitive when judging more variable signals. Directional range had no impact on an unrelated judgment of brightness, helping to establish that these results cannot be attributed to a simple decisional confound. Our complementary results show that directional sensitivity and decisional confidence rely on independent transformations of sensory input. We propose that confidence will generally be shaped by the range of differently tuned neural mechanisms responsive to input during evidence accumulation, with this having a lesser impact on sensitivity. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 11/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000179
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: This research explored the relations between the predictability of musical structure, expressive timing in performance, and listeners' perceived musical tension. Studies analyzing the influence of expressive timing on listeners' affective responses have been constrained by the fact that, in most pieces, the notated durations limit performers' interpretive freedom. To circumvent this issue, we focused on the unmeasured prelude, a semi-improvisatory genre without notated durations. In Experiment 1, 12 professional harpsichordists recorded an unmeasured prelude on a harpsichord equipped with a MIDI console. Melodic expectation was assessed using a probabilistic model (IDyOM [Information Dynamics of Music]) whose expectations have been previously shown to match closely those of human listeners. Performance timing information was extracted from the MIDI data using a score-performance matching algorithm. Time-series analyses showed that, in a piece with unspecified note durations, the predictability of melodic structure measurably influenced tempo fluctuations in performance. In Experiment 2, another 10 harpsichordists, 20 nonharpsichordist musicians, and 20 nonmusicians listened to the recordings from Experiment 1 and rated the perceived tension continuously. Granger causality analyses were conducted to investigate predictive relations among melodic expectation, expressive timing, and perceived tension. Although melodic expectation, as modeled by IDyOM, modestly predicted perceived tension for all participant groups, neither of its components, information content or entropy, was Granger causal. In contrast, expressive timing was a strong predictor and was Granger causal. However, because melodic expectation was also predictive of expressive timing, our results outline a complete chain of influence from predictability of melodic structure via expressive performance timing to perceived musical tension. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 11/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000141
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: When playing musical passages, performers integrate the pitch content of auditory feedback with current action plans. However, this process depends on the degree to which the musical structure of the feedback melody is perceived as similar to the structure of what is planned. Four experiments reported here explored the relationship between the tonal class of planned melodies (tonal or atonal) and the sequence of events formed by auditory feedback. Participants produced short melodies from memory that were either tonal (Experiments 1 and 3) or atonal (Experiments 2 and 4). Auditory feedback matched the planned melody with respect to contour but could vary in tonal class. The results showed that when participants planned a tonal melody, atonal feedback was treated as unrelated to the planned sequence. However, when planning an atonal melody, tonal feedback was still treated as similar to the planned sequence. This asymmetric similarity mirrors findings found within the music perception literature and implies that schematic musical knowledge is highly active in determining perception-action relations during music performance. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 11/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000172
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Cognitive scientists increasingly use virtual reality scenarios to address spatial perception, orientation, and navigation. If based on desktops rather than mobile immersive environments, this involves a discrepancy between the physically experienced static position and the visually perceived dynamic scene, leading to cognitive challenges that users of virtual worlds may or may not be aware of. The frequently reported loss of orientation and worse performance in point-to-origin tasks relate to the difficulty of establishing a consistent reference system on an allocentric or egocentric basis. We address the verbalizability of spatial concepts relevant in this regard, along with the conscious strategies reported by participants. Behavioral and verbal data were collected using a perceptually sparse virtual tunnel scenario that has frequently been used to differentiate between humans' preferred reference systems. Surprisingly, the linguistic data we collected relate to reference system verbalizations known from the earlier literature only to a limited extent, but instead reveal complex cognitive mechanisms and strategies. Orientation in desktop virtual reality appears to pose considerable challenges, which participants react to by conceptualizing the task in individual ways that do not systematically relate to the generic concepts of egocentric and allocentric reference frames. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 11/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000178
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Richter and Yeung (2012) recently documented a novel task-switching effect, a switch-induced reduction in "memory selectivity," characterized by relatively enhanced memory for distractor stimuli and impaired memory for target stimuli encountered on switch trials compared with repeat trials. One interpretation of this finding argues that task-switching involves opening a "gate" to working memory, which promotes updating of the task-set, but at the same time allows for increased distraction from task-irrelevant information. However, in that study, the distractor category on a switch trial also represented the task-relevant target category from the previous trial. Thus, distractors were only intermittently task-irrelevant, such that switch-enhanced distractor memory could alternatively be because of remnant attention to the previously relevant stimuli, or "task-set inertia." Here we adjudicated between the open-gate and the task-set inertia accounts of switch-enhanced distractor memory by assessing incidental memory for distractors that were either intermittently or always task-irrelevant. While we replicated switch-enhanced distractor memory in the intermittently irrelevant distractor condition, this effect was reversed in the always-irrelevant distractor condition. These results speak against the open-gate account, and instead indicate that switch-enhanced distractor memory arises from task-set inertia, and will not be observed for truly task-irrelevant stimuli presented during switching. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 11/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000181
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: In dual-task studies, Task 1 performance is often improved when Task 2 requires a spatially compatible response (i.e., 1 on the same side)-the backward crosstalk effect (BCE). This BCE is taken as evidence that at least some of the tasks' central processing related to response selection occurs in parallel, and the size of the BCE has been interpreted as an index of how well Task 1 is shielded against influences from the concurrent Task 2 processing. In 3 experiments, it is investigated whether the compatibility status of the previous trial influences the BCE similar to the Gratton effect observed for conflict tasks. In all experiments, the BCE was large after a compatible trial but absent (or reversed) after an incompatible trial, thus a Gratton-like sequential modulation of the BCE. This result suggests rapid bottom-up adjustments as a consequence of just-experienced incompatibility of responses. One explanation is that the degree of allowed parallel processing during Task 1 response selection is adjusted according to recent experience. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 11/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000170
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Familiar faces are remembered better than unfamiliar faces. Furthermore, it is much easier to match images of familiar than unfamiliar faces. These findings could be accounted for by quantitative differences in the ease with which faces are encoded. However, it has been argued that there are also some qualitative differences in familiar and unfamiliar face processing. Unfamiliar faces are held to rely on superficial, pictorial representations, whereas familiar faces invoke more abstract representations. Here we present 2 studies that show, for 1 task, an advantage for unfamiliar faces. In recognition memory, viewers are better able to reject a new picture, if it depicts an unfamiliar face. This rare advantage for unfamiliar faces supports the notion that familiarity brings about some representational changes, and further emphasizes the idea that theoretical accounts of face processing should incorporate familiarity. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 11/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000174
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: What is the natural reference frame for seeing large-scale spatial scenes in locomotor action space? Prior studies indicate an asymmetric angular expansion in perceived direction in large-scale environments: Angular elevation relative to the horizon is perceptually exaggerated by a factor of 1.5, whereas azimuthal direction is exaggerated by a factor of about 1.25. Here participants made angular and spatial judgments when upright or on their sides to dissociate egocentric from allocentric reference frames. In Experiment 1, it was found that body orientation did not affect the magnitude of the up-down exaggeration of direction, suggesting that the relevant orientation reference frame for this directional bias is allocentric rather than egocentric. In Experiment 2, the comparison of large-scale horizontal and vertical extents was somewhat affected by viewer orientation, but only to the extent necessitated by the classic (5%) horizontal-vertical illusion (HVI) that is known to be retinotopic. Large-scale vertical extents continued to appear much larger than horizontal ground extents when observers lay sideways. When the visual world was reoriented in Experiment 3, the bias remained tied to the ground-based allocentric reference frame. The allocentric HVI is quantitatively consistent with differential angular exaggerations previously measured for elevation and azimuth in locomotor space. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 11/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000173
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Visual short-term memory serves as an efficient buffer for maintaining no longer directly accessible information. How robust are visual memories against interference? Memory for simple visual features has proven vulnerable to distractors containing conflicting information along the relevant stimulus dimension, leading to the idea that interacting feature-specific channels at an early stage of visual processing support memory for simple visual features. Here we showed that memory for a single randomly orientated grating was susceptible to interference from a to-be-ignored distractor grating presented midway through a 3-s delay period. Memory for the initially presented orientation became noisier when it differed from the distractor orientation, and response distributions were shifted toward the distractor orientation (by ∼3°). Interestingly, when the distractor was rendered task-relevant by making it a second memory target, memory for both retained orientations showed reduced reliability as a function of increased orientation differences between them. However, the degree to which responses to the first grating shifted toward the orientation of the task-relevant second grating was much reduced. Finally, using a dichoptic display, we demonstrated that these systematic biases caused by a consciously perceived distractor disappeared once the distractor was presented outside of participants' awareness. Together, our results show that visual short-term memory for orientation can be systematically biased by interfering information that is consciously perceived. (PsycINFO Database Record
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 09/2015; DOI:10.1037/xhp0000110
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Searching for an object among distracting objects is a common daily task. These searches differ in efficiency. Some are so difficult that each object must be inspected in turn, whereas others are so easy that the target object directly catches the observer's eye. In four experiments, the difficulty of searching for an orientation-defined target was parametrically manipulated between blocks of trials via the target-distractor orientation contrast. We observed a smooth transition from inefficient to efficient search with increasing orientation contrast. When contrast was high, search slopes were flat (indicating pop-out); when contrast was low, slopes were steep (indicating serial search). At the transition from inefficient to efficient search, search slopes were flat for target-present trials and steep for target-absent trials within the same orientationcontrast block - suggesting that participants adapted their behavior on target-absent trials to the most difficult, rather than the average, target-present trials of each block. Furthermore, even when search slopes were flat, indicative of pop-out, search continued to become faster with increasing contrast. These observations provide several new constraints for models of visual search and indicate that differences between search tasks that were traditionally considered qualitative in nature might actually be due to purely quantitative differences in target discriminability.
    Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 09/2015;