The journal was created in response to an explosive growth of research on emotion from many domains of psychology, says Richard Davidson, PhD, co-editor.
"It will serve as a catalyst for the field to have the research [on emotion] assembled together rather than segregated, and to have a journal that is focused on a set of phenomena," he adds.
Davidson says that he and co-editor Klaus Scherer, PhD, an emotion psychologist at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, began receiving manuscripts last April. "We've been really pleased with the quality."
He points to two articles in the March issue that "demonstrate the very best of research in their own respective traditions." In the first, Paul Whalen, PhD, of the University of WisconsinMadison, and a team from Harvard Medical School conducted research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the human brain to study amygdala responses to facial expressions of fear and anger. They found activity in the amygdala was greater in response to facial expressions of fear compared with anger. The findings, according to the authors, may be useful in the study of anxiety disorders.
"This study is illustrative of a new generation of emotion research using state-of-the-art techniques," says Davidson. "We'll have these kinds of articles on a regular basis and that will underscore functional brain imaging as a major methodology in emotion research."
Another article, "Rumination as a common mechanism relating depressive risk factors to depression," is an example of "examining specific components of emotion that may be of relevance to understanding vulnerability to psychopathology." In this study, researchers Jalena Spasojevic and Lauren B. Alloy, PhD, suggest that the tendency to ruminate in response to depressive mood "elucidates a process by which diverse vulnerabilities lead to depression." Therefore, the researchers note, therapeutic efforts should focus directly on rumination.
If you have a manuscript you'd like to submit, send two copies along with a disk copy, postal and e-mail addresses, and phone and fax numbers to Richard Davidson, PhD, Emotion Journal Office, Department of Psychology and Waisman Center, University of WisconsinMadison, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705-2280.