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Jeffrey S. Johnson, Ph.D.



Department of Psychology

Center for Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience

North Dakota State University
Office: 316C Minard Hall
Phone: (701)231-8934


Fax: (701)231-8426



Research Interests

The overarching goal of my research program is to characterize the psychological and neural systems underlying attention and working memory and to identify how these systems are coordinated to promote stable, flexible, and adaptive visually-guided behavior. I am also interested in how alterations in these systems may contribute to the cognitive and behavioral deficits observed in pathological conditions, such as schizophrenia. To address these issues, my lab uses a combination of behavioral, electrophysiological (EEG), neural stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation; TMS), and computational modeling techniques.


Ph.D., 2008, Psychology, University of Iowa
M.A., 2002, Psychology, Northern Arizona University
B.S., 1999, Psychology, Northern Arizona University

Academic Appointments

2012-Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, North Dakota State University
2008-2012, Postdoctoral Fellow, Postlab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

Psyc 461/661: Memory and Knowledge

Selected Publications


Johnson, J.S., Kundu, B., Casali, A., Postle, B.R. (2012). Task-dependent changes in cortical excitability and effective connectivity: A   combined TMS-EEG study. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107:2383-2392.

Johnson, J.S., Sutterer, D.W., Acheson, D.J., Lewis-Peacock, J.A., Postle, B.R. (2011). Increased alpha-band power during the retention of shapes and shape-location associations in visual short-term memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 2:128. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00128

*Hamidi, M., *Johnson, J.S., Feredoes, E., & Postle, B.R. (2011). Does high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation produce residual and/or cumulative effects within an experimental session? Brain Topography, 23, 355-67.  *co-first authors

Johnson, J.S., Hamidi, M., & Postle, B.R. (2010). Using EEG to explore how rTMS produces its effects on behavior. Brain Topography, 22, 281-293.

Johnson, J.S., Spencer, J.P., & Schöner, G. (2009). A layered neural architecture for the consolidation, maintenance, and updating of representations in visual working memory. Brain Research, 1299, 17-32.

Johnson, J.S., Spencer, J.P., Luck, S.J, & Schöner, G. (2009). A dynamic neural field model of visual working memory and change detection. Psychological Science, 20, 568-577.

Johnson, J.S., Hollingworth, A., & Luck, S.J. (2008). The role of attention in binding features in visual short-term memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34, 41-55.

Johnson, J.S., Spencer, J.P., & Schöner, G. (2008). Moving to higher ground: The dynamic field theory and the dynamics of visual cognition. New Ideas in Psychology, 26, 227-251.

Johnson, J.S., Woodman, G.F., Braun, E., & Luck, S.J.  (2007). Implicit memory influences the allocation of attention in visual cortex.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 834-839.


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