Attention Dynamics Lab

Research Overview

We are interested in the ways children and adolescents think and act.  We investigate how children focus on one task amidst a sea of choices.  We research how children receive and respond to information.

We are particularly interested in the cognitive and physiological deficits associated with developmental disorders, especially Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism.

We use a variety of neuroscience methods, including response time analysis, genetic risk markers, movement kinematics, EEG and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to further our understanding of how children and adolescents develop.

Research Publications

  • Johnson KA, Burrowes E, Coull JT (2015) Children Can Implicitly, but Not Voluntarily, Direct Attention in Time. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0123625. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123625
  • Badawy, R., Johnson, K.A., Cook, M.J., Harvey, A.S. A mechanistic appraisal of cognitive dysfunction in epilepsy. Accepted in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 13/5/2012.
  • Adamo, N., Di Martino, A., Esu, L., Petkova, E., Johnson, K.A., Kelly, S., Castellanos, F.X., Zuddas, A. Increased RT variability across different cognitive tasks in children with ADHD. Accepted in Journal of Attention Disorders 26/1/2012.

Research Projects

Currently no project details available

Research Themes


Areas of Excellence

Neuropsychology,Developmental Psychology,Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact
Dr Katherine Johnson.

Department / Centre

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences