Publications

Representative Publications

Articles and Chapters

Learning Mechanisms

Miller, M., Young, G. S., Hutman, T., Johnson, S. P., Schwichtenberg, A. J., & Ozonoff, S. (in press).  Early pragmatic language difficulties in siblings of children with autism: Implications for DSM-5 Social Communication Disorder?  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Goldenberg, E., & Johnson, S. P.  (2015).  Category generalization in a new context: The role of visual attention.  Infant Behavior and Development, 38, 49-56. View Abstract

Jeste, S. S., Kirkham, N., Senturak, D., Hasenstab, K., Sugar, C., Kupelian, C., Baker, E., Sanders, A., Shimizu, C., Norona, A., Paparella, T., Freeman, S. F. N., & Johnson, S. P. (2015).  Electrophysiological evidence of heterogeneity in visual statistical learning in young children with ASD.  Developmental Science, 18, 90-105. View Abstract

Slone, L. K., & Johnson, S. P.  (2015).  Infants’ statistical learning: 2- and 5-month-olds’ segmentation of continuous visual sequences.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 133, 47-56. View Abstract

ter Schure, S., Mandell, D. J., Escudero, P., Raijmakers, M. E. J., & Johnson, S. P. (2014). Learning stimulus-location associations in 8- and 11-Month-old infants: Multimodal versus unimodal information. Infancy, 19, 476-495. View Abstract

Krogh, L., Vlach, H. A., & Johnson, S. P. (2013). Statistical learning across development: Flexible yet constrained. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:598. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00598 View Abstract

Vlach, H. A., & Johnson, S. P. (2013). Memory constraints on infants’ cross-situational statistical learning. Cognition, 127, 375-382. View Abstract

Marcus, G. F., Fernandes, K. J., & Johnson, S. P. (2012). The role of association in early word-learning. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:283.  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00283 View Abstract

Rabagliati, H., Senghas, A., Johnson, S. P., & Marcus, G. F. (2012). Infant rule learning: Advantage language, or advantage speech?  PLoS ONE, 7, e40517. View Abstract

Bulf, H., Johnson, S. P., & Valenza, E. (2011). Visual statistical learning in the newborn infant. Cognition, 121, 127-132. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P. (2010). How infants learn about the visual world. Cognitive Science, 34, 1158-1184. View Abstract

Special Issue of Cognitive Science. Mechanisms of Cognitive Development: Domain-General or Domain-Specific Constraints? (Vladimir Sloutsky, Ed.)

Frank, M. C., Slemmer, J. A., Marcus, G. F., & Johnson, S. P. (2009). Information from multiple modalities helps 5-month-olds learn abstract rules. Developmental Science, 12, 504-509. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Fernandes, K. J., Frank, M. C., Kirkham, N. Z., Marcus, G. F., Rabagliati, H., & Slemmer, J. A. (2009). Abstract rule learning for visual sequences in 8- and 11-month-olds. Infancy, 14, 2-18. View Abstract

Kirkham. N. Z., Slemmer, J. A., Richardson, D. C., & Johnson, S. P. (2007). Location, location, location: Development of spatiotemporal sequence learning in infancy.  Child Development, 78, 1559-1571. View Abstract

Marcus, G. F., Fernandes, K. J., & Johnson, S. P. (2007). Infant rule learning facilitated by speech. Psychological Science, 18, 387-391. View Abstract

Amso, D., Davidson, M. C., Johnson, S. P., Glover, G., & Casey, BJ. (2005). Contributions of the hippocampus and the striatum to simple association and frequency-based learning. NeuroImage, 27, 291-298. View Abstract

Hannon, E. E., & Johnson, S. P. (2005). Infants use meter to categorize rhythms and melodies: Implications for musical structure learning. Cognitive Psychology, 50, 354-377. View Abstract

Kirkham, N. Z., Slemmer, J. A., & Johnson, S. P. (2002). Visual statistical learning in infancy: Evidence for a domain general learning mechanism. Cognition, 83, B35-B42. View Abstract

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Social Perception

Kim, H. I., & Johnson, S. P.  (2014).  Detecting "infant-directedness" in face and voice.  Developmental Science, 14, 621-627. View Abstract

del Rosario, M., Gillespie-Lynch, K., Johnson, S. P., Sigman, M., & Hutman, T.  (2014).  Parent-reported temperament trajectories among infant siblings of children with autism.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 381-393. View Abstract

Frank, M. C., Amso, D., & Johnson, S. P.  (2014).  Visual search and attention to faces in early infancy.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 118, 13-26. View Abstract

Escudero, P., Robbins, R. A., & Johnson, S. P. (2013). Sex-related preferences for real and doll's faces versus real and toy objects in young infants and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 116, 367-379. View Abstract

Frankenhuis, W. E., House, B., Barrett, C., & Johnson, S. P.  (2013).  Infants’ perception of chasing.  Cognition, 126, 224-233. View Abstract

Gillespie-Lynch, K., Elias, R., Escudero, P., Hutman, T., & Johnson, S. P.  (2013).  Atypical gaze following in autism:  A comparison of three potential mechanisms.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 2779-2792. View Abstract

Gluckman, M., & Johnson, S. P.  (2013).  Attentional capture by social stimuli in young infants.  Frontiers in Psychology, 4:527. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00527 View Abstract

Kim, H., & Johnson, S. P.  (2013).  Do young infants prefer an infant-directed face or a happy face?  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 125-130. View Abstract

Gaither, S. E., Pauker, K., & Johnson, S. P. (2012). Biracial and monoracial infant own-race face perception: An eye tracking study. Developmental Science, 15, 775-782. View Abstract

Navab, A., Gillespie-Lynch, K., Johnson, S. P., Sigman, M., & Hutman, T. (2012). Eye tracking as a measure of responsiveness to joint attention in infants at risk for autism. Infancy, 17, 416-431. View Abstract

Frank. M. C., Vul, E., & Johnson, S. P. (2009). Development of infants' attention to faces during the first year. Cognition, 110, 160-170. View Abstract

Slater, A., Bremner, G., Johnson, S. P., Sherwood, P., Hayes, R., & Brown, E. (2000). Newborn infants' preference for attractive faces: The role of internal and external facial features. Infancy, 1, 265-274. View Abstract

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Object Tracking

Bremner, J. G., Slater, A. M., & Johnson, S. P. (2015). Perception of object persistence: The origins of object permanence in infancy. Child Development Perspectives, 9, 7-13. View Abstract

Bremner, J. G., Slater, A. M., Mason, U. C., Spring, J., & Johnson, S. P.  (2013).  Trajectory perception and object continuity:  Effects of shape and color change on 4-month-olds’ perception of trajectory identity.  Developmental Psychology, 49, 1021-1026. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Bremner, J. G., Slater, A. M., Shuwairi, S. M., Mason, U., Spring, J., & Usherwood, B. (2012). Young infants’ perception of the trajectories of two- and three-dimensional objects.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 177-185. View Abstract

Bremner, J. G., Slater, A. M., Johnson, S. P., Mason, U. C., & Spring. J. (2012a). The effects of auditory information on 4-month-olds’ perception of trajectory continuity. Child Development, 83, 954-964. View Abstract

Bremner, J. G., Slater, A. M., Johnson, S. P., Mason, U. C., & Spring. J. (2012b). Illusory contour figures are perceived as occluding contours by 4-month-old infants. Developmental Psychology, 48, 398-405. View Abstract

Kirkham, N. Z., Wagner, J., Swan, K., & Johnson, S. P. (2012). Sound support: Intermodal information facilitates infants’ perception of an occluded trajectory. Infant Behavior & Development, 35, 174-178. View Abstract

Slater, A. M., Bremner, J. G., Johnson, S. P., Hayes, R. A. (2010). The role of perceptual and cognitive processes in addition-subtraction studies with 5-month-old infants. Infant Behavior & Development, 33, 685-688. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., & Shuwairi, S. M. (2009). Learning and memory facilitate predictive tracking in 4-month-olds. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 102, 122-130. View Abstract

Hall-Haro, C., Johnson, S. P., Price, T. A., Vance, J. A., & Kiorpes, L. (2008).  Development of object concepts in macaque monkeys. Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 278-287. View Abstract

Bremner, J. G., Johnson, S. P., Slater, A., Mason, U., Cheshire, A., & Spring, J. (2007). Conditions for young infants' failure to perceive trajectory continuity. Developmental Science,10, 613-624. View Abstract

Shuwairi, S. M., Curtis, C. E., & Johnson, S. P.  (2007).  Neural substrates of dynamic object occlusion.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 1275-1285. View Abstract

Bremner, J. G., Johnson, S. P., Slater, A. M., Mason, U., Foster, K., Cheshire, A., & Spring, J. (2005). Conditions for young infants' perception of object trajectories. Child Development, 74, 1029-1043. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Amso, D., & Slemmer, J. A. (2003). Development of object concepts in infancy: Evidence for early learning in an eye tracking paradigm. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 100, 10568-10573. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Bremner, J. G., Slater, A., Mason, U., Foster, K., & Cheshire, A. (2003). Infants' perception of object trajectories. Child Development, 74, 94-108. View Abstract

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Perceptual Completion

Soska, K. C., & Johnson, S. P.  (2013).  Development of three-dimensional completion of complex objects.  Infancy, 18, 325-344. View Abstract

Schlesinger, M., Amso, D., & Johnson, S. P. (2012). Simulating the role of visual selective attention during the development of perceptual completion. Developmental Science, 15, 739-752. View Abstract

Soska, K. C., Adolph, K. E., & Johnson, S. P. (2010). Systems in development: Motor skills acquisition facilitates 3D object completion. Developmental Psychology, 46, 129-138. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Davidow, J., Hall-Haro, C., & Frank, M. C. (2008). Development of perceptual completion originates in information acquisition.  Developmental Psychology, 44, 1214-1224. View Abstract

Soska, K. C., & Johnson, S. P. (2008). Development of 3D object completion in infancy. Child Development, 79, 1230-1236. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P. (2004). Development of perceptual completion in infancy. Psychological Science, 15, 769-775. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Cohen, L. B., Marks, K. H., & Johnson, K. L. (2003). Young infants' perception of object unity in rotation displays. Infancy, 4, 285-295. View Abstract

Smith, W. C., Johnson, S. P., & Spelke, E. S. (2003). Motion and edge sensitivity in perception of object unity. Cognitive Psychology, 46, 31-64. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Bremner, J. G., Slater, A., Mason, U., & Foster, K. (2002). Young infants' perception of unity and form in occlusion displays.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 81, 358-374. View Abstract

Mareschal, D., & Johnson, S. P. (2002). Learning to perceive object unity: A connectionist account. Developmental Science, 5, 151-185. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Bremner, J. G., Slater, A., & Mason, U. (2000). The role of good form in young infants' perception of partly occluded objects. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 76, 1-25. View Abstract

Jusczyk, P. W., Johnson, S. P., Spelke, E. S., & Kennedy, L. J. (1999). Synchronous change and perception of object unity: Evidence from adults and infants. Cognition, 71, 257-288. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P. (1997).  Young infants' perception of object unity: Implications for development of attentional and cognitive skills.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 6, 5-11. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., & Aslin, R. N. (1996). Perception of object unity in young infants: The roles of motion, depth, and orientation. Cognitive Development, 11, 161-180. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., & Aslin, R. N. (1995). Perception of object unity in 2-month-old infants. Developmental Psychology, 31, 739-745. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., & Náñez, J. E. (1995). Young infants' perception of object unity in two-dimensional displays. Infant Behavior & Development, 18, 133-143. View Abstract

Slater, A., Johnson, S. P., Brown, E., & Badenoch, M. (1996). Newborn infants' perception of partly occluded objects. Infant Behavior and Development, 19, 145-148. View Abstract

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Perceptual Development

Schlesinger, M., Johnson, S. P., & Amso, D. (2014). Prediction-learning in infants as a mechanism for gaze control during object exploration. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:441. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00441 View Abstract

Schonberg, C., Sandhofer, C. M., Tsang, T., & Johnson, S. P.  (2014).  Does bilingual experience affect early visual perceptual development?  Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1429. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01429 View Abstract

Shuwairi, S. M., & Johnson, S. P. (2013). Oculomotor exploration of impossible figures in early infancy. Infancy, 18, 221-232. View Abstract

Kirkham, N. Z., Richardson, D. C., Wu, R., & Johnson, S. P. (2012). The importance of "what": Infants use featural information to index objects. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 113, 430-439. View Abstract

Morgante, J. D., Zolfaghari, R., & Johnson, S. P. (2012). A critical test of temporal and spatial accuracy of the Tobii T60XL eye tracker. Infancy, 17, 9-32. View Abstract

Bremner, J. G., Slater, A. M., Johnson, S. P., Mason, U. C., Spring, J., & Bremner, M. E. (2011). Two- to 8-month-old infants’ cross-modal perception of dynamic auditory-visual spatial co-location. Child Development, 82, 1210-1223. View Abstract

Moore, D. S., & Johnson, S. P. (2011). Mental rotation of dynamic, three-dimensional stimuli by 3-month-old infants. Infancy, 16, 435-445. View Abstract

Morgante, J. D., & Johnson, S. P. (2011). Infants’ perception of object-surface interplays. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29, 999-1005. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P. (2010). Development of visual perception. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1002/wcs.128 View Abstract

Shuwairi, S. M., Tran, A., DeLoache, J. S., & Johnson, S. P. (2010). Infants' response to pictures of impossible objects. Infancy, 15, 636-649. View Abstract

Gredebäck, G, Johnson, S. P., & von Hofsten, C. (2010). Eye tracking in infancy research. Developmental Neuropsychology, 35, 1-19. View Abstract

Walker, P., Bremner, J. G., Mason, U., Spring, J., Mattock, K., Slater, A., & Johnson, S. P. (2010). Preverbal infants’ sensitivity to synaesthetic cross-modality correspondences. Psychological Science, 21, 21-25. View Abstract

Amso, D., & Johnson, S. P. (2008). Development of visual selection in 3- to 9-month-olds: Evidence from saccades to previously ignored locations. Infancy, 13, 675-686. View Abstract

pdf Moore, D. S., & Johnson, S. P. (2008). Mental rotation in human infants: A sex difference. Psychological Science, 19, 1063-1066. View Abstract

pdf Schlesinger, M., Amso, D., & Johnson, S. P.  (2007). The neural basis for visual selective attention in young infants:  A computational account.  Adaptive Behavior, 15, 135-148. View Abstract

Shuwairi, S. M., Albert, M., & Johnson, S. P. (2007). Discrimination of possible and impossible objects in infancy. Psychological Science, 18, 303-307. View Abstract

Amso, D., & Johnson, S. P. (2006). Learning by selection: Visual search and object perception in young infants. Developmental Psychology, 42, 1236-1245. View Abstract

Amso, D., & Johnson, S. P. (2005). Selection and inhibition in infancy: Evidence from the spatial negative priming paradigm. Cognition, 95, B27-B36. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., Slemmer, J. A., & Amso, D. (2004). Where infants look determines how they see: Eye movements and object perception performance in 3-month-olds.  Infancy, 6, 185-201. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., & Mason, U. (2002). Perception of kinetic illusory contours by 2-month-old infants. Child Development, 73, 22-34. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P. (2001). Visual development in human infants: Binding features, surfaces, and objects. Visual Cognition, 8, 565-578. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., & Aslin, R. N. (2000). Infants' perception of transparency. Developmental Psychology, 36, 808-816. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., & Johnson, K. L. (2000). Early perception-action coupling: Eye movements and the development of object perception. Infant Behavior and Development, 23, 461-483. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P., & Aslin, R. N.  (1998). Young infants' perception of illusory contours in dynamic displays. Perception, 27, 341-353. View Abstract

Aslin, R. N., & Johnson, S. P. (1996).  Suppression of the optokinetic reflex in human infants: Implications for stable fixation and shifts of attention.  Infant Behavior and Development, 19, 233-240. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P. (1996). Habituation patterns and object perception in young infants.  Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 14, 207-218. View Abstract

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Book chapters etc.

Johnson, S. P., & Hannon, E. H.  (in press).  Perceptual development.  In R. M. Lerner (Series Ed.) & L. Liben & U. M. Müller (Vol. Eds), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science: Vol. 2: Cognitive development (7th ed.).  New York:  Wiley.

Johnson, S. P.  (2013).  Development of the visual system.  In P. Rakic & J. Rubenstein (Series Eds.) & H. Tager-Flusberg (Section Ed.), Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience: Neural Circuit Development and Function in the Brain (Vol. 3, pp. 249-269).  Oxford, UK:  Elsevier.

Johnson, S. P. (2013). Object perception. In P. D. Zelazo (Ed.), Handbook of developmental psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 371-379). New York: Oxford University Press.

Frankenhuis, W. E., Barrett, H. C., & Johnson, S. P. (2013). Developmental origins of biological motion perception. In K. L. Johnson & M. Shiffrar (Eds.), Visual perception of the human body in motion (pp. 121-138). New York: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, S. P. (2011). A constructivist view of object perception in infancy. In L. M. Oakes, C. H. Cashon, M. Casasola, & D. H Rakison (Eds.), Infant perception and cognition: Recent advances, emerging theories, and future directions (pp. 51-68). New York: Oxford University Press.

Slater, A. M., Bremner, J. G., Johnson, S. P., & Hayes, R. (2011). The role of perceptual processes in infant addition/subtraction events. In L. M. Oakes, C. H. Cashon, M. Casasola, & D. H Rakison (Eds.), Infant perception and cognition: Recent advances, emerging theories, and future directions (pp. 85-110). New York: Oxford University Press.

Amso, D., & Johnson, S. P. (2010). Building object knowledge from perceptual input. In B. Hood & L. Santos (Eds.), The origins of object knowledge (pp. 211-226). New York: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, S. P. (2010). Perceptual completion in infancy. In S. P. Johnson (Ed.), Neoconstructivism: The new science of cognitive development (pp. 45-60). New York: Oxford University Press.

Kim, H., & Johnson, S. P. (2010). Infant perception. In B. Goldstein (Ed.), Encyclopedia of perception (pp. 496-501) . Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Johnson, S. P., Amso, D., Frank, M. C., & Shuwairi, S. M. (2008). Perceptual development in infancy as the foundation of event perception. In T. F. Shipley & J. Zacks (Eds.), Understanding events: How humans see, represent, and act on events (pp. 65-95). New York: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, S. P. (2008). Developmental origins of object perception. In A. Woodward & A. Needham (Eds.), Learning and the infant mind (pp. 47-65). New York: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, S. P., & Soska, K. C. (2008). Object concept. In M. M. Haith and J. B. Benson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of infant and early child development (pp. 469-478). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Johnson, S. P., & Slater, A. (2006). The development of intelligence in infancy. In A. Slater & M. Lewis (Eds.), Introduction to infant development (2nd ed., pp. 103-118). New York: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, S. P. (2005). Building knowledge from perception in infancy. In L. Gershkoff-Stowe & D. Rakison (Eds.), Building object categories in developmental time: 32nd Carnegie symposium on cognition (pp. 33-62). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Johnson, S. P., Hannon, E. E., & Amso, D. (2005). Perceptual development. In B. Hopkins (Ed.), Cambridge encyclopedia of child development (pp. 210-216). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Johnson, S. P. (2003). Development of fragmented vs. holistic object perception. In G. Schwarzer & H. Leder (Eds.), The development of face processing (pp. 3-17). Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe & Huber.

Johnson, S. P. (2003). The nature of cognitive development. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 102-104. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P. (2003). Theories of development of the object concept. In J. G. Bremner and A. M. Slater (Eds.), Theories of infant development (pp. 174-203). Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Johnson, S. P. (2001). Neurophysiological and psychophysical approaches to visual development. In A. F. Kalverboer & A. Gramsbergen (Series Eds.) & J. B. Hopkins (Section Ed.), Handbook of brain and behaviour in human development: IV. Development of perception and cognition (pp. 653-675). Amsterdam: Elsevier. View Abstract

Johnson, S. P. (2000).  The development of visual surface perception: Insights into the ontogeny of knowledge. In C. Rovee-Collier, L. Lipsitt, & H. Hayne (Eds.), Progress in infancy research (Vol. 1, pp. 113-154). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. View Abstract

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Books

Johnson, S. P. (Ed.) (2010). Neoconstructivism: The new science of cognitive development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hopkins, B., & Johnson, S. P., Eds. (2005). Prenatal development of postnatal functions. Westport, CT:  Praeger.

Hopkins, B., & Johnson, S. P., Eds. (2003). Neurobiology of infant vision. Westport, CT: Praeger.

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