Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
|Journal of Personality and Social Psychology|
|Discipline||Personality Psychology and Social Psychology|
|Edited by||Eliot R. Smith, Jeffry A. Simpson, and Laura A. King|
|Publisher||American Psychological Association (USA)|
The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (often referred to as JPSP) is a monthly psychology journal of the American Psychological Association. It is considered one of the top journals in the fields of social and personality psychology. Its focus is on empirical research reports; however, specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers are also published. According to the 2012 Journal Citation Reports, its current impact factor is 4.877, which makes JPSP the No. 3 journal in the category "Psychology, Social", and No. 1 among the empirical journals in these areas.
JPSP articles typically involve a lengthy introduction and literature review, followed by several related studies that explore different aspects of a theory or test multiple competing hypotheses. Some researchers see the multiple-experiments requirement as an excessive burden that delays the publication of valuable work, but this requirement also helps maintain the impression that research that is published in JPSP has been thoroughly vetted and is less likely to be the result of a type I error or an unexplored confound.
The journal is divided into three independently edited sections: Attitudes and Social Cognition, Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes, and Personality Processes and Individual Differences. These sections are (as of Jul. 2012) edited by Eliot R. Smith, Jeffry A. Simpson, and Laura A. King respectively.
Attitudes and Social Cognition addresses those domains of social behavior in which cognition plays a major role, including the interface of cognition with overt behavior, affect, and motivation.
Among topics covered are the formation, change, and utilization of attitudes, attributions, and stereotypes, person memory, self-regulation, and the origins and consequences of moods and emotions insofar as these interact with cognition.
Of interest also is the influence of cognition and its various interfaces on significant social phenomena such as persuasion, communication, prejudice, social development, and cultural trends.
Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes focuses on psychological and structural features of interaction in dyads and groups.
Appropriate to this section are papers on the nature and dynamics of interactions and social relationships, including interpersonal attraction, communication, emotion, and relationship development, and on group and organizational processes such as social influence, group decision making and task performance, intergroup relations and aggression, prosocial behavior and other types of social behavior.
Personality Processes and Individual Differences publishes research on all aspects of personality psychology. It includes studies of individual differences and basic processes in behavior, emotions, coping, health, motivation, and other phenomena that reflect personality.
Articles in areas such as personality structure, personality development, and personality assessment are also appropriate to this section of the journal, as are studies of the interplay of culture and personality and manifestations of personality in everyday behavior.
In popular culture
Non-fiction author Malcolm Gladwell writes frequently about the findings that are reported in JPSP. Gladwell, upon being asked where he would like to be buried, replied "I'd like to be buried in the current-periodicals room, maybe next to the unbound volumes of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (my favorite journal)." 
- "Journals Ranked by Impact: Psychology, Social". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2013.
- Journal of Personality and Social Psychology | APA Journals
- "Journal of Personality and Social Psychology". American Psychological Association. July 27 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- Doonan, S. (2008). Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You. Simon & Schuster: New York, NY.
- New York Post
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