The Japanese Psychological Association
We publish three journals: The Japanese Journal of Psychology and Japanese Psychological Research, both of which carry research papers accepted by the JPA Editorial Board, and, most recently, Psychology World, which presents informative articles on psychology related topics.
JournalsThe Japanese Journal of Psychology
The Japanese Journal of Psychology was first published in 1926. It is issued bimonthly for a total of approximately 600 pages per annual issue and presents "Original Article", "Methodological Advancements", "Research Report" and "Review Article".
Subscriptions: Free for members.
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Japanese Psychological Research
Japanese Psychological Research was first published in 1954 as the JPA’s English language journal. There are four issues(Jan., Apr., Jul., and Oct.) per year for a single volume of approximately 400 pages presenting "Original article", "Brief Report", and "Review". Subscriptions: Free for members. Subscription order for non-members: Wiley. (http://www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/jpr). Everyone is entitled to online access to Japanese Psychological Research through Wiley Online Library for free.
We invite your contributions to the Special Issue of Japanese Psychological Research: Vol.60, No. 3 (July/ 2018), “fNIRS in Psychological Research: Functional Neuroimaging beyond Conventional Fields”
Recent advances in functional neuroimaging methods have revolutionized the way we elucidate psychological processes: instead of understanding them as hypothetical concepts, we can now explore their neural bases and attribute them to functional areas or networks within the brain. Thus far the driving force of neuroimaging studies has been fMRI, which is a powerful tool for visualization of brain functions along with structures. However, this method also has technical limitations: measurements can only be performed in unnatural, restricted conditions in a closed scanner; consequently, its application in developmental and clinical studies has been limited.
On the other hand, fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy), an optical neuroimaging method for measuring cortical hemodynamics, offers compact and portable instruments with low running costs, allowing various psychological experiments and measurements to be conducted in relatively unrestricted and natural environments. Owing to these features, fNIRS has been employed in a wide range of psychological applications that are beyond the reach of conventional neuroimaging devices, including examination of infant cognitive development; visualization of neural bases for neuropsychological evaluation; and diagnostic, neuropharmacological, and neuro-feedback assessment of developmental disorders. In short, fNIRS is expanding the horizon of psychological research by uncovering the neural bases of psychological states and processes of the human brain.
In this special issue, entitled “fNIRS in psychological research: functional neuroimaging beyond conventional fields,” psychologist Prof. So Kanazawa and engineer Prof. Ippeita Dan have worked together to contemplate research processes in psychology and related fields. We encourage authors to focus on any form of psychological research using fNIRS. We also welcome studies on methodological approaches, especially regarding experimental paradigms and data analysis for fNIRS. (PDF)
CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue of Japanese Psychological Research “Implicit Cognition” Edited by Jun-ichiro Kawahara & Kimihiro Shiomura
We would like to invite your submissions to the Special Issue of Japanese Psychological Research: Vol. 61, No. 1 (January 2019), “Implicit Cognition.”
Our actions and thoughts can be intentionally controlled to achieve current behavioral goals. Accordingly, we believe that we can access the contents of the mind explicitly. However, this apparently adaptive cognitive system cannot function properly without the aid of the implicit side of the mind. Although there is no doubt that explicitly acquired knowledge serves as the foundation for our activities, it is also true that experiences acquired through implicit processing of the environment affect various aspects of behavior, such as perception, learning, decision-making, and social interactions. In social psychology, it is known that explicit attitudes can be influenced by social desirability, and thus implicit attitudes have predictive validity independent of explicit measures. In cognitive psychology, studies have shown that identification of objects can be improved by various cues even when observers do not notice those cues. Recently, unconscious bias, also referred to as implicit bias, has attracted a great deal of attention in the field of applied psychology, especially in diversity education programs. The special issue will highlight the multiple aspects of implicit cognition.
This special issue welcomes reports of new research relevant to the field of implicit cognition. All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed using the same standards as for regular submissions to Japanese Psychological Research. The deadline for manuscript submission is January 31, 2018. (PDF)
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The Japanese Psychological Research is indebted to the following reviewers for their professional review for Volume 58, 2016.
The Japanese Psychological Research is indebted to the following reviewers for their professional review for Volume 57, 2015.
The Japanese Psychological Research is indebted to the following reviewers for their professional review for Volume 56, 2014.
The Japanese Psychological Research is indebted to the following reviewers for their professional review for Volume 55, 2013.
Psychology World was first published in 1998. Informative articles, special topics, interviews, and introductions to universities and psychological fields of study are presented in four issues per year, each focused on a particular theme. Psychology World is targeted at the general public as well as researchers.
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Other PublicationsThe Japanese Psychological Association: 75 Years
Essential reading for psychology researchers, this book showcases the achievements of leaders in Japanese psychology over the past 75 years and offers insights into the future of the JPA and psychological studies in Japan.
JPA Publication Manual
The JPA’s publication manual for submissions to The Japanese Journal of Psychology and Japanese Psychological Research is a guide to writing research papers in Japan. It is used by other academic associations and as a text in university classes as well.