Developmental Psychobiology Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Wiley

Journal description

Developmental Psychobiology is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research papers from the disciplines of psychology biology neuroscience and medicine that contribute to an understanding of behavior development. Research that focuses on development in the embryo/fetus neonate juvenile or adult animal and multidisciplinary research that relates behavioral development to anatomy physiology biochemistry genetics or evolution is appropriate. The journal represents a broad phylogenetic perspective on behavior development by publishing studies of invertebrates fish birds humans and other animals. The journal publishes experimental and descriptive studies whether carried out in the laboratory or field. The journal also publishes review articles and theoretical papers that make important conceptual contributions. Special dedicated issues of Developmental Psychobiology consisting of invited papers on a topic of general interest may be arranged with the Editor-in-Chief. Developmental Psychobiology also publishes Letters to the Editor which discuss issues of general interest or material published in the journal. Letters discussing published material may correct errors provide clarification or offer a different point of view. Authors should consult the editors on the preparation of these contributions. Overall scholarship including soundness of experimental design appropriate controls and procedures and importance and significance are the major criteria for publication. Developmental Psychobiology is the official publication of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. Membership in the Society is not a prerequisite for submission or publication.

Current impact factor: 3.31

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.307
2013 Impact Factor 3.163
2012 Impact Factor 2.595
2011 Impact Factor 2.977
2010 Impact Factor 2.062
2009 Impact Factor 2.119
2008 Impact Factor 1.891
2007 Impact Factor 1.872
2006 Impact Factor 1.946
2005 Impact Factor 1.583
2004 Impact Factor 2.083
2003 Impact Factor 1.712
2002 Impact Factor 1.371
2001 Impact Factor 1.286
2000 Impact Factor 1.322
1999 Impact Factor 1.312
1998 Impact Factor 1.596
1997 Impact Factor 1.435
1996 Impact Factor 1.203
1995 Impact Factor 1.041
1994 Impact Factor 1.421
1993 Impact Factor 1.188
1992 Impact Factor 1.144

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 3.38
Cited half-life 9.70
Immediacy index 0.61
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.10
Website Developmental Psychobiology website
Other titles Developmental psychobiology (Online), Developmental psychobiology
ISSN 1098-2302
OCLC 38866749
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details


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    • If OnlineOpen is available, AHRC and ESRC authors, may self-archive after 24 months
    • Publisher last contacted on 07/08/2014
    • This policy is an exception to the default policies of 'Wiley'
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: With the growing use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications (SSRIs) for the treatment of depression during the perinatal period, questions have been raised about the longterm impact of these medications on development. We aimed to investigate how developmental SSRI exposure may alter affect-related behaviors and associated molecular processes in offspring using a rodent model of maternal stress and depression. For this purpose, prenatally stressed or non-stressed male offspring were exposed to fluoxetine (5 mg/kg/day) or vehicle, via lactation, until weaning. Primary results show that postnatal fluoxetine exposure differentially altered anxiety-like behavior by increasing anxiety in non-stressed offspring and decreasing anxiety in prenatally stressed offspring. In the hippocampus, developmental fluoxetine exposure decreased BDNF IV and TrkB mRNA expression. Prenatal stress alone also decreased escape behaviors and decreased hippocampal BDNF IV mRNA expression. These data provide important evidence for the long-term programming effects of early-life exposure to SSRIs on brain and behavior. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 9999: 1-12, 2015.
    Developmental Psychobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/dev.21385
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    ABSTRACT: Night- or day-time sleep enhances motor skill acquisition. However, prominent issues remained about the circadian (time-of-day) and homeostatic (time since last sleep) effects of sleep on developmental motor learning. Therefore, we examined the effects of nap schedules and nap-test-intervals (NTIs) on the learning of finger tapping sequences on computer keyboards. Children aged 6-7, 8-9, and 10-11 years explicitly acquired the short and long tapping orders that share the same movement strings (4-2-3-1-4, 4-2-3-1-4-2-3-1-4). Following a constant 8- or 10-hr post-learning period in one of the four NTIs (2, 4, 5, 7 hr), children in the morning napping groups, the afternoon napping groups, or the waking group performed the original long sequence in retention test (4-2-3-1-4-2-3-1-4) and the mirrored-order sequence in transfer test (1-3-2-4-1-3-2-4-1). Age and treatment differences in the movement time (MT, ms) and sequence accuracy (SA, %) were compared during skill learning and in retrieval tests. Results suggest that practice or nap affects MT and SA in a greater extent for the younger learners than for the older learners. The circadian effects might not change nap-based skill learning. Importantly, the longer NTIs resulted in superior retention performance than the shorter ones, suggesting that children require a relatively longer post-nap period to form motor memory. Finally, nap-based motor learning was more marked in skill retention than in skill transfer. Brain development may play an important role in motor learning. Our discussion centers on memory consolidation and its relevance for skill acquisition from early to late childhood. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 9999: 1-13, 2015.
    Developmental Psychobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/dev.21380

  • Developmental Psychobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/dev.21361
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    ABSTRACT: The dominance of reactivity-based theories of the cortisol response and lack of attention to cortisol recovery makes it difficult to compile an integrated theory of the stress response. This report examined a reactivity and recovery model of the cortisol response using variable-centered and person-centered approaches. Age and sex differences and heterogeneity in the pattern of cortisol response were examined. Participants were 135 healthy young adolescents participating in a three-wave longitudinal study of puberty and psychological development. At each wave, five saliva-cortisol samples were collected prior to and following a modified Trier Social Stressor Test for Children. Linear, quadratic, and piece-wise models of latent growth curve analyses and latent class analyses were conducted. Age differences in cortisol reactivity and recovery were found at wave 1 and sex differences in cortisol reactivity emerged at wave 3. Meaningful heterogeneity in the pattern of cortisol response was found cross-sectionally and longitudinally. The implications of heterogeneity in the cortisol response during early adolescence for developmental science are discussed. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol 9999: 1-20, 2015.
    Developmental Psychobiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/dev.21369
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    ABSTRACT: Positive father involvement is associated with positive child outcomes. There is great variation in fathers' involvement and fathering behaviors, and men's testosterone (T) has been proposed as a potential biological contributor to paternal involvement. Previous studies investigating testosterone changes in response to father-infant interactions or exposure to infant cues were unclear as to whether individual variation in T is predictive of fathering behavior. We show that individual variation in fathers' T reactivity to their infants during a challenging laboratory paradigm (Strange Situation) uniquely predicted fathers' positive parenting behaviors during a subsequent father-infant interaction, in addition to other psychosocial determinants of paternal involvement, such as dispositional empathy and marital quality. The findings have implications for understanding fathering behaviors and how fathers can contribute to their children's socioemotional development. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol.
    Developmental Psychobiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/dev.21370
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    ABSTRACT: The relations between early deprivation and the development of the neuroendocrine and central components of the mammalian stress response have been examined frequently. However, little is known about the impact of early deprivation on the developmental trajectories of autonomic function. Children adopted between 15-36 months from institutional care were examined during their first 16 months post-adoption (N = 60). Comparison groups included same-aged peers reared in their birth families (N = 50) and children adopted internationally from overseas foster care (N = 46). The present study examined trajectories of baseline autonomic nervous system function longitudinally following entry into adopted families. Post-institutionalized children had higher sympathetic tone, measured by pre-ejection period (PEP). Individual differences in PEP soon after adoption served as a mediator between early deprivation and parent-reported behavioral problems 2 years post-adoption. There were no group differences in parasympathetic function, indexed by respiratory sinus arrhythmia. All three groups showed similar trajectories of ANS function across the 16 month period. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol.
    Developmental Psychobiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/dev.21373
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract: 47th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Adults primarily walk to reach a new location, but walking in infants serves an exploratory function. What process guides infants’ locomotor explora- tion? We observed 30 13-month-old and 30 19-month-old infants during natural walking in a laboratory playroom. We characterized the bout structure of walking—when infants start and stop walking—to examine how infants use walking to explore and why they choose to initiate walking. Locomotor activity was largely composed of brief spurts of walking. Half of 13-month-olds’ bouts and 41% of 19-month-olds’ bouts consisted of three or fewer steps—too few to carry infants to a distant goal. Survival analyses of steps per bout indicated that the probability of continuing to walk was independent of the length of the ongoing bout; infants showed no bias towards bouts long enough to carry them across the room to a goal. However, 13-month-olds showed an increased probability of stopping after 1-3 steps, and did not initiate walking more often to compensate for their frequent short bouts. Moreover, most of infants’ walking bouts did not end at a discernable goal: In 40% of bouts, infants simply stopped walking in the middle of the floor. We propose that infants’ natural walking is not intentionally directed at distant goals; rather, it is a random process that serves exploratory functions. Relations between the bout structure of walking and other measures of walking suggest that random exploration is constrained by walking skill in younger infants, but not in older infants.
    Developmental Psychobiology 10/2015; 57(S1). DOI:10.1002/dev.21374
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    ABSTRACT: Increased locomotion, novelty-seeking, and impulsivity are risk factors associated with substance use. In this study, the inter-relationships between activity, novelty preferences, and delay discounting, a measure of impulsivity, were examined across three stages: juvenile/early adolescence (postnatal Day [P] 15, 19, and 42 for activity, novelty, and impulsivity, respectively), adolescent/late adolescent (P28, 32, 73), and adult (P90, 94, 137) in male and female rats. Our estimates of impulsive choice, where animals were trained to criterion, revealed an age × sex interaction where early adolescent females had the lowest levels of impulsivity. The relationships of activity and novelty to impulsivity significantly changed across age within each sex. Early adolescent males with high activity, but low novelty preferences, were more impulsive; however, low activity and high novelty preferences were related to high impulsivity in adult males. Female activity gradually increased across age, but did not show a strong relationship with impulsivity. Novelty preferences are moderately related to impulsivity into adulthood in females. These data show that males and females have different developmental trajectories for these behaviors. Males show greater sensation-seeking (e.g., activity) and risky behavior (e.g., novelty preferences) earlier in life, whereas these behaviors emerge during adolescence in females. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol.
    Developmental Psychobiology 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/dev.21368
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    ABSTRACT: Here, for the first time, the expression of estrogen receptor beta (ERβ) is characterized in the brains of the highly prosocial prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). ERβ immunoreactivity was compared in weanlings (postnatal Day 21) and adult males and females. The results indicate several major findings. First, unlike ERα, ERβ expression is not sexually dimorphic. Second, the adult pattern of ERβ-IR is established at the time of weaning, as there were no age-dependent effects on distribution. Finally, ERβ does not appear to be as widely distributed in voles compared with rats and mice. High levels of ERβ-IR were observed in several regions/nuclei within the medial pre-optic area, ventrolateral pre-optic nuclei, and in the hypothalamus, especially in the paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei. The visualization of ERβ in prairie voles is important as the socially monogamous prairie vole functions as a human relevant model system for studying the expression of social behavior and social deficit disorders. Future studies will now be able to determine the effect of treatments on the expression and/or development of ERβ in this highly social species. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Psychobiol.
    Developmental Psychobiology 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/dev.21367