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Ray Johnson Jr.
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: 718-997-3241
Room Number: A-316 Science Building
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of Illinois
Professional Activities:
Director, Undergraduate Neuroscience Major (2011-present)

Honors and Awards:
Queens College Presidential Research Award, 1999
Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology, 1985

Associate Editorships:
Cortex (2005-present)
Psychophysiology (2003-2007)

Society Memberships:
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Society for Psychophysiological Research
International Organization of Psychophysiology
Sigma Xi (Fellow)
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Research Description:
Dr. Johnson’s research is concerned with using event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to characterize and quantify the nature of the processes and neural systems underlying such cognitive processes as evaluative judgments, executive functions, deception, and long term memory. Current scientific collaborations are aimed at investigating the cognitive and neural basis of changes in memory and executive function with aging.

Selected Publications:
Johnson, R., Jr. A cognitive neuroscience approach to credibility assessment. Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment: An Agenda for Credibility Assessment Research. in press.

Johnson, R., Jr. The neural basis of deception and credibility assessment: A cognitive neuroscience perspective. In: D.C. Raskin, C.R. Honts and J.C. Kircher (Eds.) Credibility Assessment: Scientific Research and Applications. Academic Press, 217–300, 2014.

Friedman, D. and Johnson, R., Jr. Inefficient encoding as an explanation for age-related deficits in recollection-based processing. Journal of Psychophysiology, 28(3), 148-161, 2014.

Berwid, O.G., Halperin, J.M., Johnson, R.E., Jr. and Marks, D.J. Preliminary evidence for reduced post-error reaction time slowing in hyperactive/inattentive preschool children. Child Neuropsychology, 20(2), 196-209, 2014.

Johnson, R., Jr., Nessler, D. and Friedman, D. Temporally-specific divided attention tasks in young adults reveal the temporal dynamics of episodic encoding failures in elderly adults. Psychology and Aging, 28(2): 443–456, 2013.

Nessler, D., Friedman, D. and Johnson, R., Jr. A new account of the effect of probability on task switching: ERP evidence following the manipulation of switch probability, cue informativeness and predictability. Biological Psychology, 91: 245-262, 2012.

Johnson, R., Jr., Simon, E.J., Henkell, H. and Zhu, J. The role of episodic memory in controlled evaluative judgments about attitudes: An event-related potential study. Neuropsychologia, 49: 945-960, 2011.

Veselis, R.A., Pryor, K., Reinsel, R.A., Li, Y., Mehta, M. and Johnson, R., Jr. Propofol and midazolam inhibit conscious memory processes very soon after encoding: An event-related potential study of familiarity and recollection in volunteers. Anesthesiology, 110: 295–312, 2009.

Johnson, R., Jr., Henkell, H., Simon, E.J. and Zhu, J. The self in conflict: The role of executive processes during truthful and deceptive responses about attitudes. NeuroImage, 39: 469-482, 2008.

Nessler, D., Johnson, R., Jr., Bersick, M. and Friedman, D. Age-related ERP differences at retrieval persist despite age-invariant performance and left-frontal negativity during encoding. Neuroscience Letters, 432: 151–156, 2008.

Veselis, R.A., Pryor, K., Reinsel, R.A., Mehta, M., Pan, H. and Johnson, R., Jr. Amnesic doses of propofol do not affect the left inferior pre-frontal cortex during encoding of long term verbal memory. Anesthesiology, 109: 213–224, 2008.