Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews (NEUROSCI BIOBEHAV R)

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

The journal will publish original and significant review articles dealing with all aspects of neuroscience, where the relationship to the study of psychological processes and behavior is clearly established. Conversely, the journal will also publish articles whose primary focus deals with psychological processes and behavior, and which have relevance to one or more aspects of neuroscience. Submissions to the journal are actively encouraged which deal with topics not only in the more traditional areas, but also in the following areas, whenever the reviews bring new insights into brain-behavior relations: neuropsychology cognitive neuroscience brain imaging in vivo monitoring of the brain's electrical and biochemical activities molecular biology genetics neurocomputation Theoretical articles and mini-reviews, for which the scope and literature coverage are more restricted, will also be published. The table of contents for this journal is now available pre-publication, via e-mail, as part of the free ContentsDirect service from Elsevier Science. Please send an e-mail message to for further information about this service.

Current impact factor: 10.28

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 10.284
2012 Impact Factor 9.44
2011 Impact Factor 8.65
2010 Impact Factor 9.015
2009 Impact Factor 7.791
2008 Impact Factor 7.804
2007 Impact Factor 8.147
2006 Impact Factor 8.293
2005 Impact Factor 7.443
2004 Impact Factor 6.346
2003 Impact Factor 5.482
2002 Impact Factor 5.504
2001 Impact Factor 5.212
2000 Impact Factor 3.382
1999 Impact Factor 3.595
1998 Impact Factor 3.316
1997 Impact Factor 2.786

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 9.92
Cited half-life 6.80
Immediacy index 2.13
Eigenfactor 0.03
Article influence 3.50
Website Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews website
Other titles Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, Neuroscience & biobehavioral reviews
ISSN 1873-7528
OCLC 3552135
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details


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    • Publisher last contacted on 18/10/2013
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis to quantify the effect of induced negative and positive mood on meal consumption in healthy participants and patients with eating and weight disorders. The search term "MOOD" was combined with the following keywords "TEST MEAL" or "LABORATORY FEEDING" or "LABORATORY MEAL" or "TASTE TEST" or "TASTE TASK" to identify the relevant studies. Thirty-three studies were selected, including 2491 participants. Two meta-analyses compared negative mood or positive mood with neutral mood. Induced negative mood was significantly associated with greater food intake, especially in restrained eaters and binge eaters. Positive mood was also associated with greater caloric intake across groups. These findings support the causal relationship between negative mood and greater food intake, especially in restrained eaters and binge eaters. Preliminary evidence indicates that strategies to improve positive mood might be of benefit for people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, although the size of the effect across a single meal is small. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.08.011
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    ABSTRACT: A large volume of behavioral research has explored the variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) polymorphism on the dopamine receptor D4 gene (DRD4). However, findings are inconsistent and there is no agreement about what constitutes "functional" and "less functional" variants at this locus. First, we systematically review studies exploring biological differences between DRD4 VNTRs (k=21). Second, we systematically review studies relating DRD4 variation to behavioral traits in population-based, non-clinical samples of children and adolescents (k=46; N=13,195), highlighting the various genotypic classifications previously used. Third, we use meta-analyses to examine associations of DRD4 VNTRs with five broadly-defined behavioral outcomes (externalizing and attention problems, executive function, social/emotional development, and "reactive" temperament). We identify a significant association of "longer" DRD4 variants with lower levels of executive function and social/emotional development, but not independent of the choice of genotypic classification. We suggest that until the functionality of DRD4 VNTRs is established, researchers should report all genotypic classifications to ensure full transparency and allow for further meta-analytic work. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.08.009
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    ABSTRACT: Psychiatric patients with bipolar disorder suffer from states of depression and mania, during which a variety of symptoms are present. Current treatments are limited and neurocognitive deficits in particular often remain untreated. Targeted therapies based on the biological mechanisms of bipolar disorder could fill this gap and benefit patients and their families. Developing targeted therapies would benefit from appropriate animal models which are challenging to establish, but remain a vital tool. In this review, we summarize approaches to create a valid model relevant to bipolar disorder. We focus on studies that use translational tests of multivariate exploratory behavior, sensorimotor gating, decision-making under risk, and attentional functioning to discover profiles that are consistent between patients and rodent models. Using this battery of translational tests, similar behavior profiles in bipolar mania patients and mice with reduced dopamine transporter activity have been identified. Future investigations should combine other animal models that are biologically relevant to the neuropsychiatric disorder with translational behavioral assessment as outlined here. This methodology can be utilized to develop novel targeted therapies that relieve symptoms for more patients without common side effects caused by current treatments. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.08.008
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    ABSTRACT: Gestures play an important role in face-to-face communication and have been increasingly studied via functional magnetic resonance imaging. Although a large amount of data has been provided to describe the neural substrates of gesture comprehension, these findings have never been quantitatively summarized and the conclusion is still unclear. This activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis investigated the brain networks underpinning gesture comprehension while considering the impact of gesture type (co-speech gestures vs. speech-independent gestures) and task demand (implicit vs. explicit) on the brain activation of gesture comprehension. The meta-analysis of 31 papers showed that as hand actions, gestures involve a perceptual-motor network important for action recognition. As meaningful symbols, gestures involve a semantic network for conceptual processing. Finally, during face-to-face interactions, gestures involve a network for social emotive processes. Our finding also indicated that gesture type and task demand influence the involvement of the brain networks during gesture comprehension. The results highlight the complexity of gesture comprehension, and suggest that future research is necessary to clarify the dynamic interactions among these networks. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.08.006
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    ABSTRACT: This article reviews the anatomical connections of the paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus (PVT) and discusses some of the connections by which the PVT could influence behavior. The PVT receives neurochemically diverse projections from the brainstem and hypothalamus with an especially strong innervation from peptide producing neurons. Anatomical evidence is also presented which suggests that the PVT relays information from neurons involved in visceral or homeostatic functions. In turn, the PVT is a major source of projections to the nucleus accumbens, the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and the central nucleus of the amygdala as well as the cortical areas associated with these subcortical regions. The PVT is activated by conditions and cues that produce states of arousal including those with appetitive or aversive emotional valences. The paper focuses on the potential contribution of the PVT to circadian rhythms, fear, anxiety, food intake and drug-seeking. The information in this paper highlights the potential importance of the PVT as being a component of the brain circuits that regulate reward and defensive behavior with the hope of generating more research in this relatively understudied region of the brain. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.08.005
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    ABSTRACT: Psychiatric disorders are increasingly being recognised as having a biological basis, but their diagnosis is made exclusively behaviourally. A promising approach for 'biomarker' discovery has been based on pattern recognition methods applied to neuroimaging data, which could yield clinical utility in future. In this review we survey the literature on pattern recognition for making diagnostic predictions in psychiatric disorders, and evaluate progress made in translating such findings towards clinical application. We evaluate studies on many criteria, including data modalities used, the types of features extracted and algorithm applied. We identify problems common to many studies, such as a relatively small sample size and a primary focus on estimating generalizability within a single study. Furthermore, we highlight challenges that are not widely acknowledged in the field including the importance of accommodating disease prevalence, the necessity of more extensive validation using large carefully acquired samples, the need for methodological innovations to improve accuracy and to discriminate between multiple disorders simultaneously. Finally, we identify specific clinical contexts in which pattern recognition can add value in the short to medium term. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.08.001
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    ABSTRACT: Major depressive disorder (MDD) affects multiple large-scale functional networks in the brain, which has initiated a large number of studies on resting-state functional connectivity in depression. We review these recent studies using either seed-based correlation or independent component analysis and propose a model that incorporates changes in functional connectivity within current hypotheses of network-dysfunction in MDD. Although findings differ between studies, consistent findings include: 1) increased connectivity within the anterior default mode network, 2) increased connectivity between the salience network and the anterior default mode network, 3) changed connectivity between the anterior and posterior default mode network and 4) decreased connectivity between the posterior default mode network and the central executive network. These findings correspond to the current understanding of depression as a network-based disorder. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.07.014
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    ABSTRACT: The "problem of serial order in behavior," as formulated and discussed by Lashley (1951), is arguably more pervasive and more profound both than originally stated and than currently appreciated. We spell out two complementary aspects of what we term the generalized problem of behavior: (i) multimodality, stemming from the disparate nature of the sensorimotor variables and processes that underlie behavior, and (ii) concurrency, which reflects the parallel unfolding in time of these processes and of their asynchronous interactions. We illustrate these on a number of examples, with a special focus on language, briefly survey the computational approaches to multimodal concurrency, offer some hypotheses regarding the manner in which brains address it, and discuss some of the broader implications of these as yet unresolved issues for cognitive science. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.07.009
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    ABSTRACT: In a series of neurophysiological and neuroimaging studies we investigated the neurobiology related to alcohol use in young people with bipolar disorder. Impairments were identified across frontal and temporal representations of event-related potential and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy markers; mismatch negativity and in vivo glutathione, respectively. We propose these findings reflect impairments in the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor and antioxidant capacity. This review seeks to place these findings within the broader literature in the context of two propositions: 1. Pathophysiological impairments in N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor functioning in bipolar disorder contribute to susceptibility toward developing alcohol problems 2. Alcohol aggravates bipolar disorder neuroprogression via oxidative stress A neurobiological model that incorporates these propositions is presented, with a focus on the potential for N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonism and glutathione augmentation as potential adjunctive pharmacotherapies to treat the comorbidity. While this review highlights the importance of alcohol monitoring and reduction strategies in the treatment of bipolar disorder, the clinical impact of the proposed model remains limited by the lack of controlled trials of novel pharmacological interventions. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 07/2015; 56. DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.07.004
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    ABSTRACT: Many authors have claimed that suprathreshold achromatic stimuli of low and high spatial frequency can be used to separate responses from different entities in the visual system. Most prominently, it has been proposed that such stimuli can differentiate responses from the magnocellular and parvocellular systems. As is reviewed here, investigators who have examined stimulus specificity of neurons in these systems have found little difference between magno- and parvocellular cells. It has also been proposed that spatial frequency can be used to selectively activate the "magnocellular-dorsal stream". The present review indicates that cells in Area MT of the dorsal do prefer very low spatial frequencies. However, the review also shows that cells in Area V4 of the ventral stream respond, not only to relatively high spatial frequencies, but also to low frequency stimuli. Thus, low spatial frequencies cannot be relied upon to selectively activate the dorsal stream. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 07/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2015.07.002