Biological Psychology (BIOL PSYCHOL)

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

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.

Current impact factor: 3.47

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 3.473
2012 Impact Factor 3.399
2011 Impact Factor 3.225
2010 Impact Factor 3.348
2009 Impact Factor 4.363
2008 Impact Factor 3.686
2007 Impact Factor 2.715
2006 Impact Factor 2.698
2005 Impact Factor 3
2004 Impact Factor 1.637
2003 Impact Factor 2.128
2002 Impact Factor 2.435
2001 Impact Factor 1.778
2000 Impact Factor 1.5
1999 Impact Factor 1.474
1998 Impact Factor 1.8
1997 Impact Factor 1.056
1996 Impact Factor 1.026

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 4.34
Cited half-life 6.10
Immediacy index 0.59
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 1.47
Website Biological Psychology website
Other titles Biological psychology (Online)
ISSN 0301-0511
OCLC 38840588
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details


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    • NIH Authors articles will be submitted to PubMed Central after 12 months
    • Publisher last contacted on 18/10/2013
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Loss aversion is the tendency to prefer avoiding losses over acquiring gains of equal nominal values. Unpleasant odors not only influence affective state but have also been shown to activate brain regions similar to those mediating loss aversion. Therefore, we hypothesized a stronger loss aversion in a monetary gamble task if gambles were associated with an unpleasant as opposed to pleasant odor. In thirty human subjects, unpleasant (methylmercaptan), pleasant (jasmine), and neutral (clean air) odors were presented for 4 s. At the same time, uncertain gambles offering an equal chance of gain or loss of a variable amount of money, or a prospect of an assured win were displayed. One hundred different gambles were presented three times, each time paired with a different odor. Loss aversion, risk aversion, and logit sensitivity were evaluated using non-linear fitting of individual gamble decisions. Loss aversion was larger when prospects were displayed in the presence of methylmercaptan compared to jasmine or clean air. Moreover, individual differences in changes in loss aversion to the unpleasant as compared to pleasant odor correlated with odor pleasantness but not with odor intensity. Skin conductance responses to losses during the outcome period were larger when gambles were associated with methylmercaptan compared to jasmine. Increased loss aversion while perceiving an unpleasant odor suggests a dynamic adjustment of loss aversion towards greater sensitivity to losses. Given that odors are biological signals of hazards, such adjustment of loss aversion may have adaptive value in situations entailing threat or danger. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological Psychology 02/2015; 53. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.02.006
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    ABSTRACT: Emotionally laden narratives are often used as persuasive appeals by charitable organizations. Physiological responses to a narrative may explain why some people respond to an appeal while others do not. In this study we tested whether autonomic and hormonal activity during a narrative predict subsequent narrative influence via charitable giving. Participants viewed a brief story of a father's experience with his 2- year old son who has terminal cancer. After the story, participants were presented with an opportunity to donate some of their study earnings to a related charity. Measures derived from cardiac and electrodermal activity, including HF-HRV, significantly predicted donor status. Time-series GARCH models of physiology during the narrative further differentiated donors from non-donors. Moreover, cardiac activity and experienced concern were found to covary from moment-to-moment across the narrative. Our findings indicate that the physiological response to a stimulus, herein a narrative, can predict influence as indexed by stimulus-related behavior. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological Psychology 01/2015; 105. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.01.008
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    ABSTRACT: Panic disorder (PD) is a mental disorder characterized by recurrent panic attacks and worrying about having subsequent attacks. Mismatch negativity (MMN) has been established as a correlate of preattentive automatic processing. The aim of the present study is to investigate the preattentive automatic information processing in PD patients as measured by MMN. Subjects included 15 medication-free patients with a DSM-IV diagnosis of PD and 15 age-matched healthy volunteers. MMN was investigated using event-related potentials. The protocol used a multi-feature paradigm. Mean amplitudes and peak latencies were subjected to repeated-measures ANOVAs. PD patients showed a significantly increased MMN of sound intensity and location compared with healthy participants. The correlation between the amplitudes of intensity-MMN and disease severity was also significant. These data provide evidence of anomalous preattentive automatic information processing in PD patients. In particular, the abnormality may be specific for PD. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological Psychology 01/2015; 105. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.01.006
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    ABSTRACT: Neurophysiological abnormalities in auditory deviance processing, as reflected by the mismatch negativity (MMN), have been observed across the course of schizophrenia. Studies in early schizophrenia patients have typically shown varying degrees of MMN amplitude reduction for different deviant types, suggesting that different auditory deviants are uniquely processed and may be differentially affected by duration of illness. To explore this further, we examined the MMN response to 4 auditory deviants (duration, frequency, duration+frequency "double deviant", and intensity) in 24 schizophrenia-spectrum patients early in the illness (ESZ) and 21 healthy controls. ESZ showed significantly reduced MMN relative to healthy controls for all deviant types (p<0.05), with no significant interaction with deviant type. No correlations with clinical symptoms were present (all p's>0.05). These findings support the conclusion that neurophysiological mechanisms underlying processing of auditory deviants are compromised early in illness, and these deficiencies are not specific to the type of deviant presented. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological Psychology 01/2015; 105. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.01.004