Biological Psychology (BIOL PSYCHOL )

Publisher: Elsevier


Biological Psychology publishes original scientific papers on the biological aspects of psychological states and processes. Biological aspects include electrophysiology and biochemical assessments during psychological experiments as well as biologically induced changes in psychological function. Psychological investigations based on biological theories are also of interest. All aspects of psychological functioning, to include psychopathology, are germane. The Journal concentrates on work with human subjects, but welcomes work with animal subjects conceptually related to issues in human biological psychology. Empirical reports are the core of the Journal but review articles as well as technical notes relevant to biological psychology are encouraged. A brief report section will publish well written papers of less than 900 words with minimal delays from the submission date. Book reports and critical commentary of relevance to our readership are also published. Finally, announcements are provided particularly of national and international meetings of interest to our readership.

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    ABSTRACT: Distortions in interoceptive accuracy have been linked to somatoform disorders. In line with cognitive theories of symptom formation in somatoform disorders, decreases in interoceptive accuracy have recently been observed to co-occur with more severe symptom reports. The current study tested the hypothesis that experimentally increasing interoceptive accuracy should decrease symptom severity in somatoform disorders. Twenty-nine patients with somatoform disorders were instructed in a newly developed heartbeat perception training procedure. Heartbeat perception, as a proxy for interoceptive accuracy, was assessed with a mental tracking task. Although there were no significant differences between the training group and a waiting control group (n = 23) regarding increases in heartbeat perception, health anxiety served as a moderator and significant reductions in state symptom reports were observed after training. These findings suggest a relation between lower interoceptive accuracy and the perception of bodily symptoms in somatoform disorders.
    Biological Psychology 01/2014; 101:69-76.
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    ABSTRACT: Recent research indicates that psychopathy may be characterized by early attentional abnormalities that undermine the ability to process peripheral information when engaged in goal-directed activity (Baskin-Sommers, Curtin, & Newman, 2011). Past work has found that when presented with the Box Stroop task, where color names are spatially separated from, and hence peripheral to, colored stimuli, psychopathic individuals show reduced behavioral interference (Hiatt, Schmitt, & Newman, 2004). The present study sought to replicate and extend these findings. A priori predictions were that offenders high on psychopathy compared to low would show significantly less interference. Moreover, psychopathy-related differences in Box Stroop conflict processing would emerge at a relatively early stage of processing as measured by event-related potentials (ERP). Consistent with previous findings, higher levels of psychopathy were associated with reduced behavioral interference. Moreover, ERP analyses revealed a psychopathy-related difference in an early attention-related component (N100). Finally, the association between N100 and behavioral interference was moderated by level of psychopathy. These findings are consistent with the potential importance of early attention problems in psychopathy. Furthermore, they suggest that psychopathic individuals have less coordinated responses to conflict than healthy individuals, a conjecture that has implications for information integration and self-regulation.
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    ABSTRACT: We examined whether the combined indices of respiratory sinus arrhythmia at rest (resting RSA) and in response to a sad film (RSA reactivity) predict effective and ineffective responses to reduce sadness (adaptive vs. maladaptive mood repair) in women with histories of juvenile-onset depression (n = 74) and no history of major mental disorders (n = 75). Structural equation models were used to estimate latent resting RSA, depression, and adaptive and maladaptive mood repair and to test the study hypotheses. Results indicated that combinations of resting RSA+RSA reactivity (RSA patterns) predicted maladaptive mood repair, which in turn, mediated the effects of RSA pattern on depression. Further, RSA patterns moderated the depressogenic effects of maladaptive mood repair. RSA patterns were unrelated to adaptive mood repair. Our findings suggest that mood repair is one mechanism through which physiological vulnerabilities adversely affect mental health.
    Biological Psychology 01/2013;

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