Janice M Johnson

Professor emeritus

Locations / Contact Info:

246 BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 66214

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 1982
York University


Janice Johnson is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University, Toronto. She has been invited visiting professor at universities in Italy, the USA, and Chile. Her research interests are in cognitive development, individual differences, and cognitive process analysis. Her current research focuses on culture-fair assessment of cognitive capacity in mainstream and special developmental samples; children's reasoning in mathematics; measurement of cognitive inhibition and executive functions in children and adults; cognitive-developmental factors in metaphor comprehension; and mental arousal/motivation as factors in cognitive performance. 

Selected Publications


Arsalidou, M., Pascual-Leone, J., & Johnson, J. (2010). Misleading cues improve   developmental assessment of attentional capacity: The colour matching task. Cognitive Development, 25, 262-277.

Agostino, A., Johnson, J., & Pascual-Leone, J. (2010). Executive functions    underlying  multiplicative reasoning: Problem type matters. Journal of Experimental Child  Psychology, 105, 286-305.

Im-Bolter, N., Johnson, J., & Pascual-Leone, J. (2006). Processing limitation in children with    specific language impairment: The role of executive function. Child Development, 77, 1822-1841.

Johnson, J., Im-Bolter, N., & Pascual-Leone, J. (2003). Development of mental attention in gifted and mainstream children: The role of mental capacity, inhibition, and speed of processing. Child Development, 74, 1594-1614.

Johnson, J., Prior, S., & Artuso, M. (2000). Field dependence as a factor in second language communicative production. Language Learning, 50, 529-567.

Pascual-Leone, J., & Johnson, J. (in press). A developmental theory of mental attention: Its applications to measurement and task analysis. In P. Barrouillet & V. Gaillard (Eds.), Cognitive development and working memory: A dialogue between neo-Piagetian and cognitive approaches. New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Pascual-Leone, J., & Johnson, J. (2005). A dialectical constructivist view of developmental intelligence. In O. Wilhelm & R. Engle (Eds.), Handbook of understanding and measuring intelligence (pp. 177-201). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Pascual-Leone, J., & Johnson, J. (2004). Affect, self-motivation, and cognitive development:   A dialectical constructivist view. In D. Dai & R.S. Sternberg (Eds.), Motivation, emotion, and cognition: Perspectives on intellectual development and functioning (pp. 197-235). Mahwah, NJ:    Erlbaum.

Pascual-Leone, J., Johnson, J., & Agostino, A. (in press). Mental attention, multiplicative structures, and the causal problem of cognitive development. In M. Ferrari & L. Vuletic (Eds.), Developmental interplay between mind, brain and education: Essays in honor of Robbie Case. New York, NY: Springer.

Pascual-Leone, J., Johnson, J., Baskind, D., Dworsky, S., & Severtston, E. (2000). Culture-fair assessment and the processes of mental attention. In A. Kozulin & Y. Rand (Eds.), Experience of mediated learning: An impact of Feuerstein's theory in education and psychology (pp 191-214). New York: Pergamon Press.

Pascual-Leone, J., Romero Escober, E.M., & Johnson, J. (in press). Logic: Development of  logical operations. In W. Hirstein (section ed.), Encyclopedia of human behavior (2nd  ed.). New York, NY: Elsevier.



Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research