Spring 2013

Highlights from Psychosomatic Medicine
Willem (Wijo) Kop, PhD

Highlights from Psychosomatic Medicine

Founded in 1939, Psychosomatic Medicine is not only the flagship journal of the society, but an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal for state-of-the-science research. The journal focuses on the biological correlates of clinical psychiatric conditions, biobehavioral processes involved in health and disease and emphasizes statistical and methodological issues relevant to our field.  With a 2010 Impact Factor of 3.974, Psychosomatic Medicine is ranked 11th among the 71 psychology journals and 25th among psychiatry journals. Moreover, the 5-year Impact Factor is 4.690, 8th among psychology journals and 21st among psychiatry journals.

News from Psychosomatic Medicine
If you have not done so already, the “Article Summaries” are a very efficient way to get a full overview of each issue of Psychosomatic Medicine. These summaries include links to the full paper, which is very efficient way to get to the source material.

We have published a few excellent Editorials over the past year that are of great interest, not only because these scholarly papers provide a critical perspective on the published papers they refer to, but also because the editorials place the research in a broader theoretical and practical perspective. Among these editorials are:

Impact of Sleep Quality on Amygdala Reactivity, Negative Affect, and Perceived Stress.
Prather AA, Bogdan R, Hariri AR.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Apr 16

Prenatal stress and risk of spontaneous abortion.
Wainstock T, Lerner-Geva L, Glasser S, Shoham-Vardi I, Anteby EY.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Apr;75(3):228-35. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e318280f5f3. Epub 2013 Jan 29.

Sexual orientation and disclosure in relation to psychiatric symptoms, diurnal cortisol, and allostatic load.
Juster RP, Smith NG, Ouellet É, Sindi S, Lupien SJ.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Feb;75(2):103-16. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e3182826881

Elevated C-Reactive Protein in Adolescents: Roles of Stress and Coping.
Low CA, Matthews KA, Hall M.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Apr 10.

Physical Activity and Depression Symptom Profiles in Young Men and Women With Major Depression.
McKercher C, Patton GC, Schmidt MD, Venn AJ, Dwyer T, Sanderson K.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Apr 10

Personality and the Risk of Cancer: A 16-Year Follow-Up Study of the GAZEL Cohort.
Lemogne C, Consoli SM, Geoffroy-Perez B, Coeuret-Pellicer M, Nabi H, Melchior M, Limosin F, Zins M, Ducimetière P, Goldberg M, Cordier S.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Apr;75(3):262-71.

Association between optimism and serum antioxidants in the midlife in the United States study.
Boehm JK, Williams DR, Rimm EB, Ryff C, Kubzansky LD.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Jan;75(1):2-10. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e31827c08a9. Epub 2012 Dec 20.

Emotions and neural processing of respiratory sensations investigated with respiratory-related evoked potentials.
von Leupoldt A, Chan PY, Esser RW, Davenport PW.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Apr;

Demanding attention: reconsidering the role of attention control groups in behavioral intervention research.
Freedland KE.
Psychosom Med. 2013 Feb;75(2):100-2. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0b013e3182851b75. Epub 2013 Jan 29.