About Me

I am excited to announce that I'll be joining the Psychology Department at Boston College as an Assistant Professor starting in the fall of 2019.


In my research, I investigate the evolutionary origins of human teaching and learning. In earlier work, I approached this question from a developmental perspective, examining how children evaluate the information they learn from others. In more recent work, I investigate this question from a comparative perspective, examining which aspects of human learning are unique and which are shared across other species. In particular, I compare human learning to that of domesticated dogs, as dogs demonstrate striking similarities to humans in their capacity to learn from others. To read more about why dogs are an ideal species for testing these questions, see a short commentary here.


For a full list of publications, see my CV, my publications page, or my Google Scholar profile. For recent media coverage, please see my media page. For any additional information, you can contact me via email at angie.johnston@bc.edu.