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VI. Relevant Professional Organizations and Journals

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Professional Organizations

You can join any of the organizations listed below as a student member; doing so allows you to submit papers and posters for presentation at the meetings of these organizations. You often get a newsletter as well.

The asterisked organizations are likely the more useful ones to join, but you should probably consult with your advisor about which organization is best for you.

All Areas

American Psychological Society (APS)*
American Psychological Association (APA) Students should join the division most closely related to their research interests; see the list of APA divisions.

Behavioral Neuroscience

Society for Neuroscience*

Cognitive Neuroscience

Cognitive Neuroscience Society*
Psychonomic Society*
Society for Neuroscience*
International Neuropsychological Society


Society for Research in Child Development*
American Educational Research Association
Gerontological Society of America
International Conference on Infant Studies
International Society for Behavioral Development
National Center for Clinical Infant Programs
New England Mini-Conference on Infant Studies
Society for Research in Adolescence
Society for the Study of Human Development


International Society for Research in Emotion
Society for Personality and Social Psychology*
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues


Below is a selective listing of journals to which students might consider submitting manuscripts. The student should consult with the advisor in deciding on the appropriate outlet for submission.

For Review Papers

(Such as your Third Year Literature Review)

Psychological Bulletin
Psychological Review
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review
Brain and Cognition
Brain and Language
Developmental Review
Personality and Social Psychology Review

For Empirical Research Papers

(Such as your Second Year Research Project and your Dissertation)

*The most prestigious journals are asterisked.

All Areas

Psychological Science*

Behavioral Neuroscience

Journal of Neuroscience*
Behavioral Neuroscience*
Behavioral Brain Research
Hormones and Behavior
Neuroscience Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Physiology and Behavior

Cognitive Neuroscience

Brain and Language
Brain and Cognition
Cognitive Neuroscience*
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning and Cognition*
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance*
Journal of Memory and Language
Memory and Cognition
Perception and Psychophysics


Child Development*
Developmental Psychology*
American Educational Research Journal
British Journal of Child Development
Cognitive Development
Development and Psychopathology
Developmental Science
Family Psychology
Family Process
Health Psychology
Human Development
Infant Mental Health Journal
International Journal of Behavioral Development
Journal of Adolescence
Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Journal of Early Adolescence
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly
Psychology and Aging
Review of Educational Research


Journal of Personality and Social Psychology*
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin*
British Journal of Social Psychology
European Journal of Social Psychology
Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Journal of Research in Personality
Journal of Personality
Journal of Applied Social Psychology    


Cognition and Emotion
Motivation and Emotion
Consciousness and Emotion
Emotion Review