Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance®

ISSN: 0096-1523
eISSN: 1939-1277
Published: bimonthly, beginning in February
ISI Impact Factor: 3.105
Psychology - Experimental : 16 of 83

The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance® publishes studies on perception, control of action, perceptual aspects of language processing, and related cognitive processes. All sensory modalities and motor systems are within its purview.

The journal also encourages studies with a neuroscientific perspective that contribute to the functional understanding of perception and performance.

There are three types of articles:

  • Observations facilitate the rapid communication of ground-breaking research of general interest to readers of the journal. Observations are limited to 2,500 words in the main body of the text. A cover letter should explain why the research is appropriate to present as an Observation.
  • Reports consist of empirical studies that increase theoretical understanding of human perception and performance. Studies will typically include human data, although machine and animal studies that reflect on human capabilities may also be published. Should an author submit a full Report following an Observation, the relationship between the two manuscripts must be acknowledged in an author footnote.
  • Commentary may occasionally be published consisting of nonempirical reports, theoretical notes, or criticism on topics pertinent to the journal's concerns.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


James T. Enns
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Associate Editors

Naseem Al-Aidroos
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Monica Castelhano
Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Sarah Creem-Regehr
University of Utah

Marc O. Ernst
Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Brett Fajen
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rob Gray
Arizona State University Polytechnic

Barbara Juhasz
Wesleyan University

Geoffrey Woodman
Vanderbilt University

Consulting Editors

Wendy Adams
University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

Elkan Akyurek
University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

F-Xavier Alario
Aix-Marseille Université & CNRS, Marseille, France

Eric Amazeen
Arizona State University

Ulrich Ansorge
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Anthony P. Atkinson,
University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom

Benjamin Backus
State University of New York

Michael Barnett-Cowan
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Mark W. Becker
Michigan State University

Artem V. Belopolsky
VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Derek Besner
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Walter R. Boot
Florida State University

Bruno Breitmeyer
University of Houston

Marc Brysbaert
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Nancy Carlisle
University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

Kyle Cave
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Barbara A. Church
University of Buffalo

Josh Cosman
University of Iowa

Massimiliano Di Luca
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Chris Donkin
The University of New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia

Knut Drewing
Giessen University, Giessen, Germany

Frank Durgin
Swarthmore College

Paul E. Dux
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Charles Folk
Villanova University

Sophie Forster
University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

Thomas W. Foulsham
University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom

Carol A. Fowler
University of Connecticut and Haskins Laboratories

Gregory Francis
Purdue University

Christian Frings
University of Trier, Trier, Germany

M. Gareth Gaskell
University of York, York, United Kingdom

Bradley S. Gibson
University of Notre Dame

Barry Giesbrecht
University of California, Santa Barbara

Stefan Glasauer
Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

Scott Glover
Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Jonathan Grainger
Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France

Gina M. Grimshaw
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

William G. Hayward
University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Heiko Hecht
Johannes Gutenberg-Universiät Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Clayton Hickey
University of Trento, Roveretto, Italy

Michael C. Hout
New Mexico State University

Timothy L. Hubbard
Texas Christian University

Amelia Hunt
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Helene Intraub
University of Delaware

Luis Jimenez
University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago, Spain

Todd A. Kahan
Bates College

Sachiko Kinoshita
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Andrew Leber
Ohio State University

Juan Lupiáñez
Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain

Stephen J. Lupker
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Michael E. J. Masson
University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Robert D. McIntosh
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Lynden K. Miles
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Jeff Miller
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Suvobrata Mitra
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Marko Nardini
University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom

Mark R. Nieuwenstein
University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

Christian N. L. Olivers
VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

John Philbeck
University of Wollongong, Wonnongong, Australia

Alexander Pollatsek
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Jane E. Raymond
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Anina N. Rich
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Michael J. Richardson
University of Cincinnati

Timothy J. Ricker
University of Missouri

Jelena Ristic
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Rachel A. Robbins
University of Western Sydney, Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Eric Ruthruff
University of New Mexico

Thomas Sanocki
University of South Florida

Glenn Schellenberg
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Natalie Sebanz
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Adriane Seiffert
Vanderbilt University

Kimron Shapiro
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Jeroen Smeets
VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Daniel Smilek
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Joel S. Snyder
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mitchell S. Sommers
Washington University in St. Louis

Thomas A. Stoffregen
University of Minnesota

Petroc Sumner
Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Yehoshua Tsal
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Rolf Ulrich
University of Tuebingen, Tübingen, Germany

Erik Van der Burg
University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Troy Visser
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Derrick G. Watson
University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

Simon Watt
Bangor University, Gwynedd, United Kingdom

Jessica K. Witt
Colorado State University

Alan C.-N. Wong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Brad Wyble
Pennsylvania State University

Melvin J. Yap
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Frank T. J. M. Zaal
University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands

Editorial Manuscript Coordinator

David Roddy
American Psychological Association

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Instructions to Authors

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


Submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal (.rtf, PDF, or .doc).

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

James T. Enns, Editor
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
2136, West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor.

If you encounter difficulties with submission, please email David Roddy or call 202-336-5659.

In addition to addresses and phone numbers, please supply email addresses and fax numbers, if available, for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.

Keep a copy of the manuscript to guard against loss.

Masked Review Policy

Most papers are reviewed for this journal with author identity visible to reviewers (unmasked review). However, masked reviews are available upon request. Authors seeking masked review should make every effort to ensure that the manuscript contains no clues to author identity.

When requesting masked review, please ensure (1) the cover letter includes all authors' names and institutional affiliations, and (2) the first manuscript page includes only the title of the manuscript and the date of submission.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Related Journals of Experimental Psychology

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Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

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    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


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Ethical Principles

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