Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (J COGNITIVE NEUROSCI)

Publisher: Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (Norwich, Vt.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)

Journal description

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience provides a scholarly forum for research involving the interaction of brain and behavior. It is the only journal devoted exclusively to the rapidly expanding field of cognitive neuroscience, which focuses on how brain processes generate cognitive processes. The journal promotes understanding and communication among the mind sciences. Contributions reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field, including developments in neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, neurobiology, linguistics, computer science, and philosophy. All papers are integrative across disciplines, addressing both descriptions of function and underlying brain events.

Current impact factor: 4.09

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 4.085
2013 Impact Factor 4.687
2012 Impact Factor 4.493
2011 Impact Factor 5.175
2010 Impact Factor 5.357
2009 Impact Factor 5.382
2008 Impact Factor 4.867
2007 Impact Factor 4.997
2006 Impact Factor 5.197
2005 Impact Factor 4.533
2004 Impact Factor 5.275
2003 Impact Factor 5.069
2002 Impact Factor 6.096
2001 Impact Factor 6.736
2000 Impact Factor 5.115
1999 Impact Factor 5.793
1998 Impact Factor 5.22
1997 Impact Factor 4.844
1996 Impact Factor 3.679
1995 Impact Factor 4.383
1994 Impact Factor 4.063
1993 Impact Factor 3.571

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 5.26
Cited half-life 8.10
Immediacy index 0.87
Eigenfactor 0.03
Article influence 2.00
Website Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience website
Other titles Journal of cognitive neuroscience (Online), Journal of cognitive neuroscience
ISSN 0898-929X
OCLC 38911348
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 3 months after publication
  • Conditions
    • Author's Post-print must be accompanied by acknowledgement of acceptance for publication in Journal
    • On author's personal website or institutional repository
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged with citation
    • Must link to journal homepage
    • Publisher's version/PDF may be used
    • If funding agency rules apply, authors may post articles in PubMed Central immediately after publication, but may be subject to journal embargoes
    • This policy is an exception to the default policies of 'Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press)'
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies show that it is possible to attend to a stimulus without awareness of it. Whether attention and awareness are independent or have a specific relationship, however, remains debated. Here, we tested three aspects of visual attention with and without awareness of the visual stimulus. Metacontrast masking rendered participants either subjectively aware or not aware of the stimulus. Attention drawn to the stimulus was measured by using the stimulus as a cue in a spatial attention task. We found that attention was drawn to the stimulus regardless of whether or not people were aware of it. However, attention changed significantly in the absence of awareness in at least three ways. First, attention to a task-relevant stimulus was less stable over time. Second, inhibition of return, the automatic suppression of attention to a task-irrelevant stimulus, was reduced. Third, attention was more driven by the luminance contrast of the stimulus. These findings add to the growing information on the behavior of attention with and without awareness. The findings are also consistent with our recently proposed account of the relationship between attention and awareness. In the attention schema theory, awareness is the internal model of attention. Just as the brain contains a body schema that models the body and helps control the body, so it contains an attention schema that helps control attention. In that theory, in the absence of awareness, the control of attention should suffer in basic ways predictable from dynamical systems theory. The present results confirm some of those predictions.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
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    ABSTRACT: Choosing between sooner smaller rewards and larger later rewards is a common choice problem, and studies widely agree that frontostriatal circuits heavily innervated by dopamine are centrally involved. Understanding how dopamine modulates intertemporal choice has important implications for neurobiological models and for understanding the mechanisms underlying maladaptive decision-making. However, the specific role of dopamine in intertemporal decisions is not well understood. Dopamine may play a role in multiple aspects of intertemporal choices-the valuation of choice outcomes and sensitivity to reward delays. To assess the role of dopamine in intertemporal decisions, we tested Parkinson's disease patients who suffer from dopamine depletion in the striatum, in either high (on medication, PDON) or low (off medication, PDOFF) dopaminergic states. Compared with both PDOFF and healthy controls, PDON made more farsighted choices and reduced their valuations less as a function of increasing time to reward. Furthermore, reduced discounting in the high dopaminergic state was robust across multiple measures, providing new evidence for dopamine's role in making decisions about the future.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
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    ABSTRACT: Recent findings suggest that a salient, irrelevant sound attracts attention to its location involuntarily and facilitates processing of a colocalized visual event [McDonald, J. J., Störmer, V. S., Martinez, A., Feng, W. F., & Hillyard, S. A. Salient sounds activate human visual cortex automatically. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 9194-9201, 2013; McDonald, J. J., Whitman, J. C., Störmer, V. S., & Hillyard, S. A. Involuntary cross-modal spatial attention influences visual perception. In G. R. Mangun (Ed.), Cognitive electrophysiology of attention (pp. 82-94). Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2013]. Associated with this cross-modal facilitation is a sound-evoked slow potential over the contralateral visual cortex termed the auditory-evoked contralateral occipital positivity (ACOP). Here, we further tested the hypothesis that a salient sound captures visual attention involuntarily by examining sound-evoked modulations of the occipital alpha rhythm, which have been strongly associated with visual attention. In two purely auditory experiments, lateralized irrelevant sounds triggered a bilateral desynchronization of occipital alpha-band activity (10-14 Hz) that was more pronounced in the hemisphere contralateral to the sound's location. The timing of the contralateral alpha-band desynchronization overlapped with that of the ACOP (∼240-400 msec), and both measures of neural activity were estimated to arise from neural generators in the ventral-occipital cortex. The magnitude of the lateralized alpha desynchronization was correlated with ACOP amplitude on a trial-by-trial basis and between participants, suggesting that they arise from or are dependent on a common neural mechanism. These results support the hypothesis that the sound-induced alpha desynchronization and ACOP both reflect the involuntary cross-modal orienting of spatial attention to the sound's location.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience