Motivation and Emotion Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Motivation and Emotion publishes theoretical papers and original research reports of either a basic or applied nature from any area of psychology and behavioral science provided that the focus is on motivation and/or emotion. While the primary orientation of the journal is on human emotion and motivation animal studies are also published provided they are relevant to general motivation and/or emotion theory.

Current impact factor: 1.55

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 1.339

Additional details

5-year impact 2.29
Cited half-life 9.90
Immediacy index 0.09
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 1.00
Website Motivation and Emotion website
Other titles Motivation and emotion (Online)
ISSN 0146-7239
OCLC 45254375
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Springer Verlag

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Publications in this journal

  • Motivation and Emotion 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9529-3
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    ABSTRACT: Bipolar I disorder (BD) is related to overly valued and ambitious goal setting. The purpose of this study was to assess whether people with BD would express highly ambitious goals and show greater arousal when asked to describe their goals, and whether indices of ambition and arousal during goal narratives would predict follow-up symptom severity. Fifty-two individuals diagnosed with BD I per the SCID, followed until remission, and 49 well-matched controls were asked to imagine and describe goals coming true. Heart rate and skin response responses were gathered as indices of sympathetic arousal. Praat analyses were used to code vocal parameters associated with arousal during goal discussions. At 6-month follow-up, the BD group completed standardized symptom severity interviews. Diagnostic groups did not differ significantly on arousal indices during goal discussion. The BD group described goals that were rated objectively as more difficult to achieve, and these more ambitious goal descriptions predicted increases in manic symptoms over time. Implications for clinical interventions are discussed.
    Motivation and Emotion 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9519-5
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    ABSTRACT: Two studies explored the relationship between men’s gender role identity (as measured by the Bem Sex Role Inventory) and their experience of empathic concern (situational empathy). In both, participants read of a man coping with his friend’s death while being exposed to one of three subliminal primes: “real men care”/“caring is strength,” “girly men care”/“caring is weakness,” or “people are walking.” Congruent with previous research, higher femininity (expressivity) predicted greater empathic concern irrespective of prime. The real men/strength primes tended to: (1) increase empathic concern among high instrumentality men; and (2) link empathic concern to predominantly positive projected coping responses when participants thought of themselves in the survivor’s situation, consistent with the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. Thus, subtly framing empathic concern as a positive emotional response that is congruent with an agentic self-appraisal seems to boost traditionally masculine men’s willingness to experience it.
    Motivation and Emotion 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9525-7

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  • Motivation and Emotion 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9523-9
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    ABSTRACT: Using humor, being funny, and having a good sense of humor are often reported as desirable qualities. However, little attention has been paid to possible differences in responses to humor reflecting affiliative as opposed to aggressive motivations. In evaluating a stranger, when examples of affiliative and aggressive humor were presented as the stranger’s preferred humor, aggressive humor led to more negative impressions (Study 1). To further explore the impact of humor reflecting affiliative versus aggressive motivations, participants were exposed to equally funny videotapes representing the two humor styles (Study 2). Women’s reported affective experiences varied across the humor styles, but men’s did not. Women and men rated the affiliative video as being more positive than negative, but no differences in the qualities were found for the aggressive video. Results across the two studies demonstrate the importance of considering not just the funniness of humor efforts, but also the social motives conveyed by the humor. Given the complexity of responses to humor, additional research is needed to better understand the contexts within which being funny might have social benefits versus social costs.
    Motivation and Emotion 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9524-8
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    ABSTRACT: Guided by the motivational theory of coping (Skinner and Zimmer-Gembeck in Ann Rev Psychol 58:119–144. doi:10.1146/annurev.psych.58.110405.085705, 2007), we investigated children’s anticipated coping with three different stressful events (bullying, parental argument, parent–child verbal conflict), and examined whether their reliance on challenge coping responses versus threat coping responses could be accounted for by emotional reactions (including feelings of sadness, anger and fear), perceived controllability, and orientation or interest in the stressor. In addition, we examined parents’ reports of their children’s temperamental traits as correlates of coping. In random order followed by a positive stimulus, children (N = 206, age 8–12 years) watched each of the three stressful events, and reported their emotions, perceived control, orientation and coping after each one. As anticipated, results indicated that controllability was associated with more challenge coping (a composite of adaptive/approach coping responses such as problem solving and support seeking) and less threat coping (a composite of maladaptive/withdrawal coping responses such as helplessness and escape). In general, feelings of sadness were more strongly associated with challenge coping, whereas fear and anger especially related to more threat coping. Greater orientation towards the stressor was particularly predictive of more challenge coping, but also was associated with more threat coping in response to parent stressors. These associations were significant, even after controlling for temperament (negative reactivity, task persistence, withdrawal, and activity), which was generally unrelated to children’s coping. Other combinations of coping responses were also examined.
    Motivation and Emotion 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9520-z
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    ABSTRACT: Motivation theories have tended to focus on specific motivations, leaving open the intellectually and scientifically challenging problem of how to construct a general theory of motivation. The requirements for such a theory are presented here. The primacy of motivation emphasizes that cognition, emotion, agency, and other psychological processes exist to serve motivation. Both state (impulses) and trait (basic drives) forms of motivation must be explained, and their relationship must be illuminated. Not all motivations are the same, and indeed it is necessary to explain how motivation evolved from the simple desires of simple animals into the complex, multifaceted forms of human motivation. Motivation responds to the local environment but may also adapt to it, such as when desires increase after satiation or diminish when satisfaction is chronically unavailable. Addiction may be a special case of motivation—but perhaps it is much less special or different than prevailing cultural stereotypes suggest. The relationship between liking and wanting, and the self-regulatory management of motivational conflict, also require explanation by an integrative theory.
    Motivation and Emotion 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9521-y
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    ABSTRACT: The ability of an organism to rapidly process parafoveal information to identify motivationally significant stimuli is important for survival. The evaluative priming paradigm is useful for examining whether evaluation of hostile/hospitable stimuli in the parafovea has occurred. Three evaluative priming experiments that varied the valence and arousal of prime stimuli were conducted. In the first experiment, primes were presented foveally and prime arousal did not moderate the standard evaluative priming effect (i.e., faster responses when prime and target valence matched). In the next two experiments, primes were presented parafoveally and prime arousal moderated evaluative priming such that priming was greater for high than low arousing primes. These findings are aligned with dual competition models positing that sensory and response systems compete for limited resources during emotional processing. Greater stimulus arousal enhances this dual competition during parafoveal processing, enabling the organisms to disengage and attend to the periphery.
    Motivation and Emotion 10/2015; 39(5). DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9492-z

  • Motivation and Emotion 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11031-015-9509-7