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Elliott Johnson


Post-Doctoral Researcher

Temple University

Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory and Research in Spatial Cognition (RISC) Laboratory

Recent Publications:

  • Johnson, E.G., Prabhakar, J., Mooney, L., & Ghetti, S. (2020). Neuroimaging the sleeping brain: Insight on memory functioning in infants and toddlers. Infant Behavior and Development, 58, 101427.
  • Lee, J., Fandakova, Y., Johnson, E.G., Cohen, N., Bunge, S., & Ghetti, S. (2020). Changes in anterior and posterior hippocampus differentially predict item-space, item-time, and item-item memory improvement. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 41, 100741.
  • Johnson, E.G., Leckey, S., Davinson, K., & Ghetti, S. (2020). Associative binding in early childhood: Evidence from a preferential looking paradigm. Developmental Psychobiology, 60(2), 266-278.
  • Prabhakar, J., Johnson, E.G., Nordahl, C.W., & Ghetti, S. (2018). Memory-related hippocampal activation in the sleeping toddler. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A., 15(25), 6500-6505.
  • Lee, J.K., Johnson, E.G., & Ghetti, S. (2017).  Hippocampal development: Structure, function and implications. In D.E. Hannula & M. Duff (Eds.), The hippocampus from cells to systems – Structure, connectivity, and functional contributions to memory and flexible cognition. New York, NY: Springer.


Research Interests:

Elliott is interested in examining the development of learning and memory abilities in children using both behavioral and neuroimaging methods. So far, he has primarily examined how hippocampal structure and function supports episodic memory abilities in very young children, but has also recently expanded this approach to the examination of the overlap between memory and word learning. He has additionally dabbled in metamemory, and in the continuing development of episodic memory through adolescence.

About Me:

Elliott is a Post-Doctoral Fellow working for Drs. Olson and Newcombe. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Carleton College in 2013 and his Ph.D. in Human Development at the University of California, Davis in 2020. He enjoys metal music, hanging out with his cats and very small dog, brewing beer, and sci-fi.