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Aaron Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Psychology

Aaron Johnson, PhD
Office: L-PY 123-14 
Psychology Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2480
Website(s): Concordia Vision Labs


PHD (Glasgow)

Research interests

My research focuses on how various visual (e.g., macular degeneration), cognitive  (e.g., stress, dual-tasking), and the loss of other senses (e.g., hearing loss) effect the visual system, attention, and in particular, eye movements. This research employed traditional techniques such as psychophysics and eye tracking, as well as new techniques such as computational neuroscience, gaze-contingent stimuli modifications, augmented virtual reality, as well as studying the underlying neural activity using EEG. Recently, I have also employed these techniques in the area of aviation, to study stress and fatigue in pilots

My research has been funded by NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, FRQSC, FRQNT, FRQS, and the Office of Naval Research.

Teaching activities

PSYC363 Fundamentals of Sensation and Perception

PSYC460 Vision

PSYC452 Neurobiology of Sensation and Perception

PSYC727 Special Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience: Eye tracking theory and practice

PSYC316 Statistical Analysis 2

Selected publications

(underline denotes student author)

Richard, B., Hansen, B.C., Johnson, A.P.,& Shafto, P. (2019). The spatial summation of broadband contrast. Journal of Vision, 19(5):1-19. doi:10.1167/19.5.16

Poulin-Dubois, D., Hastings, P.D., Chiarella,S.S., Geangu, E., Hauf, P., Ruel, A., & Johnson, A.P. (2019) The eyes know it:Toddlers' visual scanning of sad faces is predicted by their theory of mindskills. PLOS One, 13(12): 1-17. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208524

Wittich, W., Jarry, J., Morrice, E., &Johnson, A.P., (2018) Effectivenessof the Apple iPad as a Spot-Reading Magnifier. Optometry and Vision Science, 95(9), 704-710, doi:10.1097/OPX.0000000000001269

Brand, J., & Johnson, A.P. (2018) Theeffects of distributed and focused attention on rapid scene categorization. Visual Cognition, 26:6, 450-462, doi:10.1080/13506285.2018.1485808

Ward, N., Gaspar, J.G., Neider, M.B., Crowell, J., Carbonari, R.,Kaczmarski, H., Ringer ,R.V., Johnson,A.P., Loschky L.C., Kramer, A.F. (2018). Older Adult MultitaskingPerformance Using a Gaze-Contingent Useful Field of View. Human Factors, 60(2):236-247. doi: 10.1177/0018720817745894.

Morrice, E., Johnson,A.P., Marinier, J-A.,& Wittich, W. (2017) Assessment of the Apple iPad as a low-vision reading aid. Eye 31(6), 865-871. doi: 10.1038/eye.2016.309

Johnson,A.P., Woods-Fry, H., &Wittich, W., (2017) Effects of Magnification on Emotion Perception in Patientswith Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Investigative Ophthalmology & VisualScience, 58, 2520-2526, DOI:10.1167/iovs.16-21349.

Gaspar, J.G., Ward, N., Neider, M.B., Crowell, J.,Carbonari, R., Kaczmarski, H., Ringer, R.V., Loschky, L.C., Johnson, A.P., & Kramer, A.F. (2016)Measuring the useful field of view during simulated driving withgaze-contingent displays. Human factors.58(4), 630-41. doi: 10.1177/0018720816642092.

Ringer, R.V., Throneburg, Z., Johnson, A.P., Kramer, A.F., & Loschky, L.C. (2016) Impairing the Useful Field of View in Natural Scenes: Tunnel Vision Versus General Interference. Journal of Vision: Special Issue on Scene Perception. 16, 7. doi:10.1167/16.2.7.

Hansen, B., Haun, A.A., Johnson, A.P., & Ellemberg, D. (2016) On the Differentiation of Foveal and PeripheralEarly Visual Evoked Potentials. Brain Topography, 29(4), 506-514. doi: 10.1007/s10548-016-0475-5.

Wittich, W., Southall, K., & Johnson, A.P. (2016) Usability of assistive listening devices by older adults with low vision. Disability and Rehabilitation: AssistiveTechnology, 2016 Oct;11(7):564-71. doi:10.3109/17483107.2015.1042076.

Richard, B., Johnson, A.P., Thompson, B., & Hansen, B.C. (2015) The effects of tDCS across the Spatial Frequencies and Orientations that comprisethe Contrast Sensitivity Function. Frontiersin Psychology: Perception Science. 6,

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