Biological psychology Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: ScienceDirect (Online service), Elsevier

Journal description

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 0.79
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.47
Other titles Biological psychology (En ligne)
ISSN 1873-6246
OCLC 300194814
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, 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: We investigated whether stress may influence fatigue, or vice versa, as well as factors mediating this relationship. Fifty healthy participants (31 females, 23.6±3.2 years) completed up to 5 momentary assessments of stress and fatigue during 5 days of preparation for their final examinations (exam condition) and 5 days of a regular semester week (control condition). Sleep quality was measured by self-report at awakening. A sub-group of participants (n=25) also collected saliva samples. Fatigue was associated with concurrent stress, stress reported at the previous measurement point, and previous-day stress. However, momentary stress was also predicted by concurrent fatigue, fatigue at the previous time point, and previous-day fatigue. Sleep quality mediated the association between stress and next-day fatigue. Cortisol and alpha-amylase did not mediate the stress-fatigue relationship. In conclusion, there is a reciprocal stress-fatigue relationship. Both prevention and intervention programs should comprehensively cover how stress and fatigue might influence one another. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.06.009
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the impact of motivational contingencies (reinforcement and punishment) on Go/No-Go (GNG) task performance in girls and boys with ADHD relative to typically developing (TD) children and associations with prefrontal anatomy. Children ages 8-12 with ADHD (n=107, 36 girls) and TD controls (n=95, 34 girls) completed a standard and a motivational GNG task and associations with prefrontal cortex (PFC) surface area were examined. Intrasubject variability (ISV) was lower during the motivational compared to the standard GNG among TD girls and boys, and boys with ADHD, but not among girls with ADHD. A greater reduction in ISV was associated with greater PFC surface area among children with ADHD. This novel demonstration of improvement in ISV with motivational contingencies for boys, but not girls, with ADHD and associations with PFC anatomy informs our understanding of sex differences and motivational factors contributing to ISV in children with ADHD. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.06.010
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    ABSTRACT: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a debilitating and prevalent disorder associated with lower quality of life and substantial economic burden. Recently, there has been strong interest in respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) as a biological predictor of later depression. Theoretical work suggests that higher resting RSA indexes physiological flexibility and better emotion regulation whereas lower RSA may mark vulnerability for psychopathology. However, empirical findings have varied. This study examined whether lower resting RSA predicted later depressive symptoms in a sample of healthy young adults across one year (n = 185). Results indicate that year one (Y1) resting RSA predicted Y2 depressive symptoms. This finding remained significant when accounting for the stability of RSA and depressive symptoms across both time points and when including trait anxiety, body mass index, and medication use in statistical models. Findings provide further support for RSA as a promising biological marker for understanding and predicting depressive symptoms. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.06.004
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    ABSTRACT: Emotional learning is an adaptive function, however its psychological determinants are unclear. Here, we propose a new theoretical framework based on appraisal theories of emotion, which holds that emotional learning is modulated by a process of relevance detection. Testing the model, we predicted faster, larger acquisition and greater resistance to extinction of the conditioned response (CR) to self-relevant stimuli relative to stimuli with less relevance. We manipulated self-relevance through emotion and gaze direction of synthetic dynamic facial expressions during differential aversive conditioning. Results provided mixed evidence for our hypotheses. Critically, we revealed faster acquisition of the CR to angry faces with direct compared with averted gaze and greater resistance to extinction to fearful faces with averted relative to direct gaze. We conclude that the relevance detection hypothesis offers an appropriate theoretical framework allowing to (re) interpret existing evidence, incorporate our results, and propose a new research perspective in the study of emotional learning. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.06.008
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    ABSTRACT: Directing one's gaze at a body part reduces detection speed and enhances the processing of tactile stimuli presented at the gazed location. Given the close links between spatial attention and the oculomotor system it is possible that these gaze-dependent modulations of touch are mediated by attentional mechanisms. To investigate this possibility, gaze direction and sustained tactile attention were orthogonally manipulated in the present study. Participants covertly attended to one hand to perform a tactile target-nontarget discrimination while they gazed at the same or opposite hand. Spatial attention resulted in enhancements of the somatosensory P100 and Nd components. In contrast, gaze resulted in modulations of the N140 component with more positive ERPs for gazed than non gazed stimuli. This dissociation in the pattern and timing of the effects of gaze and attention on somatosensory processing reveals that gaze and attention have independent effects on touch. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.05.008
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    ABSTRACT: Blunted cardiovascular stress reactions may be a marker for poor behavioural regulation. The present study examined the association between heart rate reactivity and perseverance, operationalized as the failure to complete a subsequent follow-up assessment. The heart rate (using electrocardiography), cardiac output (using Doppler echocardiography) and blood pressure (using a semi- automatic sphygmomanometer) of 176 high school students were measured before and during exposure to a standard 10-minute mental arithmetic stress. A year later all participants were contacted to complete a simple and undemanding on-line assessment. Despite repeated promptings, 44 failed to do so. Diminished heart rate and cardiac output stress reactions predicted failure to complete the follow-up. This result adds to the emerging characterisation of those who exhibit blunted stress reactions by revealing associated deficiencies in perseverance. It may also have prognostic implications for the completion of multi-session interventions, as well as for selection bias in stress reactivity studies with follow-up designs. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 06/2015; 109. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.06.001
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated whether eye contact is aversive and negatively arousing for adolescents with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Participants were 17 adolescents with clinically diagnosed SAD and 17 age- and sex-matched controls. While participants viewed the stimuli, a real person with either direct gaze (eye contact), averted gaze, or closed eyes, we measured autonomic arousal (skin conductance responses) and electroencephalographic indices of approach-avoidance motivation. Additionally, preferred viewing times, self-assessed arousal, valence, and situational self-awareness were measured. We found indications of enhanced autonomic and self-evaluated arousal, attenuated relative left-sided frontal cortical activity (associated with approach motivation), and more negatively valenced self-evaluated feelings in adolescents with SAD compared to controls when viewing a face making eye contact. The behavioral measures and self-assessments were consistent with the physiological results. The results provide multifaceted evidence that eye contact with another person is an aversive and highly arousing situation for adolescents with SAD. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 05/2015; 109. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.05.005
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    ABSTRACT: Participants were presented a moderately- or impossibly difficult cumulative mental addition task with instructions that they could win a traditionally feminine- or masculine incentive if they achieved a 90 percent success rate. When the incentive was feminine, systolic blood pressure responses during the task period were stronger under moderately difficult conditions among women, but low irrespective of difficulty among men - creating a gender difference only when difficulty was moderate. By contrast, when the incentive was masculine, systolic-, mean arterial- and, to a lesser degree, diastolic blood pressure responses during the task period were stronger under moderately difficult conditions irrespective of gender. The former finding confirmed expectations and adds substantively to the body of evidence favoring a recent effort analysis of gender influence on CV response to performance challenge. The latter findings conflict with what was first expected, but can be understood in terms of post hoc reasoning extended in light of participants' ratings of the masculine incentive. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 05/2015; 109. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.05.006
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    ABSTRACT: Suppression of spontaneous alpha oscillatory activities, interpreted as cortical excitability, was observed in response to both transient and tonic painful stimuli. The changes of alpha rhythms induced by pain could be modulated by painful sensory inputs, experimental tasks, and top-down cognitive regulations such as attention. The temporal and spatial characteristics, as well as neural functions of pain induced alpha responses, depend much on how these factors contribute to the observed alpha event-related desynchronization/synchronization (ERD/ERS). How sensory-, task-, and cognitive- related changes of alpha oscillatory activities interact in pain perception process is reviewed in the current study, and the following conclusions were made: (1) the functional inhibition hypothesis that has been proposed in auditory and visual modalities could be applied also in pain modality; (2) the neural functions of pain induced alpha ERD/ERS were highly dependent on the cortical regions where it was observed, e.g., somatosensory cortex alpha ERD/ERS in pain perception for painful stimulus processing; (3) the attention modulation of pain perception, i.e., influences on the sensory and affective dimensions of pain experience, could be mediated by changes of alpha rhythms. Finally, we proposed a model regarding the determinants of pain related alpha oscillatory activity, i.e., sensory-discriminative, affective-motivational, and cognitive-modulative aspects of pain experience, would affect and determine pain related alpha oscillatory activities in an integrated way within the distributed alpha system. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 05/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.05.004
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    ABSTRACT: From the standpoint of conflict-monitoring theory (Botvinick, Braver, Barch, Carter, & Cohen, 2001), detecting an incident of information-processing conflict should attenuate the disruptive influence of information-processing conflicts encountered subsequently, by which time cognitive-control operations will have been engaged. To examine the generality of this conflict-adaptation process across task dimensions, the present research analyzed event-related potentials in a Go/NoGo task that randomly varied the NoGo decision criterion applied across trials. Sequential analyses revealed reduced-amplitude fronto-central N2 and NoGo P3 responses on the second of two consecutive NoGo trials. Importantly, both of these conflict-adaptation effects were present only when the same NoGo decision criterion was applied across trials n and n-1. These findings support the theory that encountering information-processing conflict focuses attention on specific stimulus-response contingencies (Verguts & Notebaert, 2009) rather than engages general cognitive-control mechanisms (Freitas & Clark, 2015). Further implications for the generality of cognitive control are discussed. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 05/2015; 109. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.05.001
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    ABSTRACT: Although it is widely accepted that colors facilitate object and scene recognition under various circumstances, several studies found no effects of color removal in tasks requiring categorization of briefly presented animals in natural scenes. In this study, three experiments were performed to test the assumption that the discrepancy between empirical data is related to variations of the available meaningful global information such as object shapes and contextual cues. Sixty-one individuals categorized chromatic and achromatic versions of intact and scrambled images containing either cars or birds. While color removal did not affect the classification of intact stimuli, the recognition of moderately scrambled achromatic images was more difficult. This effect was accompanied by amplitude modulations of occipital event-related potentials emerging from approximately 150ms post-stimulus. Our results indicate that colors facilitate stimulus classification, but this effect becomes prominent only in cases when holistic processing is not sufficient for stimulus recognition. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biological psychology 05/2015; 109. DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.05.002