Brain and Cognition (BRAIN COGNITION)

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

Brain and Cognition, a Journal of Clinical, Experimental, and Theoretical Research, publishes original research articles, theoretical papers, critical reviews, case histories, historical articles, and scholarly notes. Contributions are relevant to all aspects of human neuropsychology other than language or communication. Coverage includes, but is not limited to: memory, cognition, emotion, perception, movement, or praxis, in relationship to brain structure or function. Articles have theoretical import, either formulating new hypothesis, or supporting or refuting new or previously established hypotheses. Interdisciplinary Research Areas include: Neuroanatomy; Neurology; Neurophysiology; Philosophy; Psychiatry; Psychology; Linguistics; Speech pathology; Computer science.

Current impact factor: 2.48

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.477
2013 Impact Factor 2.683
2012 Impact Factor 2.823
2011 Impact Factor 3.174
2010 Impact Factor 2.838
2009 Impact Factor 2.547
2008 Impact Factor 2.441
2007 Impact Factor 2.308
2006 Impact Factor 2.858
2005 Impact Factor 1.845
2004 Impact Factor 1.148
2003 Impact Factor 1.063
2002 Impact Factor 1.093
2001 Impact Factor 0.791
2000 Impact Factor 0.63
1999 Impact Factor 0.736
1998 Impact Factor 0.508
1997 Impact Factor 0.566
1996 Impact Factor 1.073
1995 Impact Factor 1.11
1994 Impact Factor 1.373
1993 Impact Factor 1.23
1992 Impact Factor 1.5

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.34
Cited half-life 8.50
Immediacy index 0.58
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.07
Website Brain and Cognition website
Other titles Brain and cognition
ISSN 0278-2626
OCLC 7753769
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: In the present study we replicated a previous experiment investigating visuo-spatial short term memory binding in young and older healthy individuals, in the attempt to verify the pattern of impairment that can be observed in normal elderly for short term memory for single items vs short term memory for bindings. Assessing a larger sample size (25 young and 25 older subjects), using a more appropriate measure of accuracy for a change detection task (A'), and adding the evaluation of speed of performance, we confirmed that old normals show a decline in short term memory for bindings of shape and colour that is of comparable extent, and not major, to the decline in memory for single shapes and single colours. The absence of a specific deficit of short term memory for conjunctions of surface features seems to distinguish cognitive ageing from Alzheimer's Disease. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Brain and Cognition 06/2015; 96. DOI:10.1016/j.bandc.2015.02.002
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was a comparison of lexical and contextual factors in understanding ambiguous words in German. First, a sample of native speakers selected 56 words having maximally strong differences between a dominant and a subordinate meaning. After this, another sample from the same population was visually presented with sentences that activated dominant or subordinate meanings of the words and were accompanied by probes associated with dominant or subordinate meanings. This resulted in a crossed design with two factors: sentence dominant vs. sentence subordinate and probe dominant vs. probe subordinate. An analysis of event-related brain potentials revealed a large, long-lasting and highly-significant N400 wave whenever the meaning of the probe was incongruent with the meaning of the sentence and the lack of this wave whenever the two meanings were congruent. In the typical N400 space and time, the effect was independent of whether the lexical word meaning was dominant or subordinate. At other sites and times, however (e.g., at lateral frontal electrodes F7/F8, and after 700 ms), the congruence effect was significant after dominant sentences only. The data indicate that lexical factors have a rather limited influence on the activation of a particular meaning of ambiguous words. A strong context can virtually override even a very strong difference in the preference for different meanings.
    Brain and Cognition 12/2014; 92. DOI:10.1016/j.bandc.2014.10.007
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    ABSTRACT: Brain imaging studies have identified two cortical areas, the parahippocampal place area (PPA) and the retrosplenial complex (RSC), that respond preferentially to the viewing of scenes. Contrary to the PPA, little is known about the functional maturation and cognitive control of the RSC. Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging and tasks that required attention to scene (or face) images and suppression of face (or scene) images, respectively, to investigate task-dependent modulation of activity in the RSC and whole-brain functional connectivity (FC) of this area in 7–11-year-old children and young adults. We compared responsiveness of the RSC with that of the PPA. The RSC was selectively activated by scene images in both groups, albeit less than the PPA. Children modulated activity between the tasks similarly in the RSC and PPA, and to the same extent as adults in PPA, whereas adults modulated activity in the RSC less than in PPA. In children, the whole brain FC of the RSC was stronger in the Sf than Fs task between the left RSC and right fusiform gyrus. The between groups comparison suggested stronger FC in children than adults in the Sf task between the right RSC and the left inferior parietal lobule and intraparietal sulcus. Together the results suggest that the function of the RSC and the related networks undergo dynamic changes over the development from 7–11-year-old children to adulthood.
    Brain and Cognition 12/2014; 92. DOI:10.1016/j.bandc.2014.10.005
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    ABSTRACT: Ample evidence suggests that the role of the mirror neuron system (MNS) in monkeys is to represent the meaning of actions. The MNS becomes active in monkeys during execution, observation, and auditory experience of meaningful, object-oriented actions, suggesting that these cells represent the same action based on a variety of cues. The present study sought to determine whether the human motor system, part of the putative human MNS, similarly represents and reflects the meaning of actions rather than simply the mechanics of the actions. To this end, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of primary motor cortex was used to generate motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) from muscles involved in grasping while participants viewed object-oriented grasping actions performed by either a human, an elephant, a rat, or a body-less robotic arm. The analysis of MEP amplitudes suggested that activity in primary motor cortex during action observation was greatest during observation of the grasping actions of the rat and elephant, and smallest for the human and robotic arm. Based on these data, we conclude that the human action observation system can represent actions executed by non-human animals and shows sensitivity to species-specific differences in action mechanics.
    Brain and Cognition 12/2014; 92. DOI:10.1016/j.bandc.2014.10.004
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    ABSTRACT: When table tennis players anticipate the course of the ball while preparing their motor responses, they not only observe their opponents striking the ball but also listen to events such as the sound of racket–ball contact. Because visual stimuli can be detected more easily when accompanied by a sound, we assumed that complementary sensory audiovisual information would influence the anticipation of biological motion, especially when the racket–ball contact is not presented visually, but has to be inferred from continuous movement kinematics and an abrupt sound. Twenty-six observers were examined with fMRI while watching point-light displays (PLDs) of an opposing table tennis player. Their task was to anticipate the resultant ball flight. The sound was presented complementary to the veracious event or at a deviant time point in its kinematics.Results showed that participants performed best in the complementary condition. Using a region-of-interest approach, fMRI data showed that complementary audiovisual stimulation elicited higher activation in the left temporo-occipital middle temporal gyrus (MTGto), the left primary motor cortex, and the right anterior intraparietal sulcus (aIPS). Both hemispheres also revealed higher activation in the ventral premotor cortex (vPMC) and the pars opercularis of the inferior frontal gyrus (BA 44). Ranking the behavioral effect of complementary versus conflicting audiovisual information over participants revealed an association between the complementary information and higher activation in the right vPMC. We conclude that the recruitment of movement representations in the auditory and visual modalities in the vPMC can be influenced by task-relevant cross-modal audiovisual interaction.
    Brain and Cognition 12/2014; 92. DOI:10.1016/j.bandc.2014.09.010
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    ABSTRACT: Although antisaccadic task is a sensitive research tool in psychopathology, it has not been systematically studied in patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2). To identify putative biomarkers of executive dysfunction in SCA2 we assessed the antisaccade performance in 41 SCA2 patients and their sex-and-age matched controls using an electronystagmography device. We studied the relationship between findings in the antisaccade task and CAG repeat length and motor function as assessed using the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA), Nine-Hole Pegboard Test and a validated battery for executive dysfunctions. SCA2 patients showed a significant increase of inhibition and omission antisaccadic error rates, decrease of corrected antisaccadic errors and prolongation of antisaccadic latency and antisaccadic correction latency. Multiple regression predictions identified the expanded CAG repeat as a significant contributing factor on inhibition antisaccadic error rate and percentage of corrected antisaccadic errors. Impaired antisaccadic performance was associated to higher Stroop interference task and verbal fluency test deficits. In conclusion, antisaccadic eye movement abnormalities are a newly recognized association with the genetic abnormality in SCA2 and correlate with executive dysfunction in SCA2. Antisaccade parameters are a promising source of cognitive biomarkers for exploring the disease pathophysiology, and assessing the efficacy of therapeutic options.
    Brain and Cognition 11/2014; 91:28–34. DOI:10.1016/j.bandc.2014.07.007
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    ABSTRACT: Thomas Willis’ 1664 study The anatomy of the brain is widely regarded as one of the first clinical studies of the brain. In Theanatomy, Thomas Willis explicitly connected the cognitive faculties and the nerves. Willis’ later, 1672 work, The two discourses concerning the soul of brutes, severely undermined the materialism of Willis’ first study: he affirmed dualism and cognitive immateriality; changed the anatomical locations of cognition; and reasserted a division between the rational and sensitive souls. His exact motive to return to orthodoxy is unclear, but contemporary scholarship of Willis has compounded the confusion with by relying predominantly on The soul of brutes instead of The anatomy. We trace Willis’ career and examine his methodological practices, which help explain the historical practices and pressures. A closer examination of Willis’ Anatomy of the brain reveals a much more materialistic account of the brain, the faculties, and nervous system. In this article, we present our own analysis of Willis’ concept of rationality in the Anatomy and explain its importance for nervous physiology and understanding the analytic techniques for first defining faculty localizations. We then explain the role of the imagination and the immortal soul in the rearticulated anatomical concepts from The soulof brutes.
    Brain and Cognition 11/2014; 91:131–137. DOI:10.1016/j.bandc.2014.08.005