Ray Johnson Jr.

Ray Johnson Jr.

Title: Professor
Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
PhD: University of Illinois/Champaign
Email: ray.johnson@qc.cuny.edu
Office: A-316 Science Building
Office Phone: 718-997-3241
Lab: E-343 Science Building
Lab Phone: 718-997-3263

Professional Activities

  • Director, Undergraduate Neuroscience Major (2011-2019)
  • Honors and Awards:
    -  Queens College Presidential Research Award, 1999
    -  Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychophysiology, 1985
  • Associate Editorships:
    -  Cortex (2005-2018)
    -  Psychophysiology (2003-2007)
  • Society Memberships:
    -  Cognitive Neuroscience Society
    -  Society for Psychophysiological Research
    -  International Organization of Psychophysiology
    -  Sigma Xi (Fellow)
    -  Google Scholar:  https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=Bi-eFjIAAAAJ

Research Description

Dr. Johnson’s research  uses event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to characterize and quantify the nature of the neural processes and systems underlying such cognitive processes as evaluative judgments, perceptual and conceptual decision making, executive functions,  and long term memory.

United States Patents

6,754,524, A Method for Detecting Deception, issued June 22, 2004

Selected Publications

  1. 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.
  2. Friedman, D. and Johnson, R., Jr.  Inefficient encoding as an explanation for age-related deficits in recollection-based processing.  Journal of Psychophysiology28(3), 148-161, 2014.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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