Peer-Reviewed Publications

In Press

Hall, N., Johnston, A.M., Bray, E., Otto, C., MacLean, E., & Udell, M. (in press). Working dog training for the 21st century. Frontiers in Veterinary Science.

Johnston, A. M., Arre, A. M., Bogese, M. J., & Santos, L. R. (in press). How do communicative cues shape the way that dogs (Canis familiaris) encode objects? Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Johnston, A. M., Chang, L. W., Wharton, K., & Santos, L. R. (in press). Dogs (Canis familiaris) prioritize independent exploration over looking back. Journal of Comparative Psychology.


Bray, E., Otto, C., Udell, M., Hall, N., Johnston, A. M., & MacLean, E. (2021). Enhancing the selection and performance of working dogs. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8, 644431. PDF

Pelgrim, M., Espinosa, J., Tecwyn, E, Marton, S., Johnston, A. M., Buchsbaum, D. (2021). What’s the point? Domestic dogs’ sensitivity to the accuracy of human informants. Animal Cognition, 24, 281-297. PDF

Silver, Z., Furlong, E., Johnston, A. M., & Santos, L. R. (2021). Training differences predict dogs’ (Canis lupus familiaris) preferences for prosocial others. Animal Cognition, 24, 75-83. PDF


Byrne, M., Bray, E., MacLean, E., Johnston, A. M. (2020). Evidence of win-stay-lose-shift in puppies and adult dogs. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2884-2889). PDF

Royka, A. L., Johnston, A. M., Santos, L. R. (2020). Metacognition in canids: A comparison of dogs (Canis familiaris) and dingoes (Canis dingo). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 134(3), 303-317. PDF

Rottman, J., Johnston, A. M., Bierhoff, S., Pelletier, T., Grigoreva, A. D., Benitez, J. (2020). In sickness and in filth: Developing a disdain for dirty people. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 196, 104858. PDF


Johnston, A. M., Sheskin, M., & Keil, F. C. (2019). Learning the relevance of relevance and the trouble with truth: Evaluating explanatory relevance across childhood. Journal of Cognition and Development, 20(4), 555-572. PDF


Johnston, A. M., Byrne, M., & Santos, L. R. (2018). What is unique about shared reality? Insights from a new comparison species. Current Opinion in Psychology, 23, 30-33. PDF

Johnston, A. M., Huang, Y., & Santos, L. R. (2018). Dogs do not demonstrate a human-like bias to defer to communicative cues. Learning & Behavior, 46(4), 449-461. PDF

Johnston, A. M., Sheskin, M., Johnson, S. G. B., & Keil, F. C. (2018). Preferences for explanation generality develop early in biology, but not physics. Child Development, 89(4), 1110-1119. PDF


​Johnston, A. M., Holden, P. C., & Santos, L. R. (2017). Exploring the evolutionary origins of overimitation: A comparison across domesticated and non-domesticated canids. Developmental Science, 20(4), e12460. PDF

Johnston, A. M., Johnson, S. G. B., Koven, M. L., & Keil, F. (2017). Little Bayesians or little Einsteins? Probability and explanatory virtue in children’s inferences. Developmental Science, 20(6), e12483. PDF

Johnson, S. G. B., Johnston, A. M., Koven, M. L., & Keil, F. C. (2017). Principles used to evaluate mathematical explanation. In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 612-617). PDF

Johnston, A. M., Turrin, C., Watson, L., Arre, A. M., & Santos, L. R. (2017) Uncovering the origins of dog-human eye contact: Dingoes establish eye contact more than wolves, but less than dogs. Animal Behaviour, 133, 123-129. PDF


Johnston, A. M., Johnson, S. G. B, Koven, M. L., & Keil, F. C. (2015). Probabilistic versus heuristic accounts of explanation in children: Evidence from a latent scope bias. In Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2453-2458). PDF

Johnston, A. M., McAuliffe, K. & Santos, L. R. (2015). Another way to learn about teaching: What dogs can tell us about the evolution of pedagogy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, e44. PDF

Johnston, A. M., Mills, C. M., & Landrum A. R. (2015). How do children weigh competence and benevolence when deciding whom to trust? Cognition, 144, 76-90. PDF


​Johnson, S. G. B., Johnston, A. M., Toig, A. E., & Keil, F. C. (2014). Explanatory scope informs causal strength inferences. In Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2453-2458). PDF


Landrum, A. R., Mills, C. M., & Johnston, A. M. (2013). When do children trust the expert? Benevolence information influences children’s trust more than expertise. Developmental Science, 16, 622-638. PDF

Book Reviews and Popular Press

Turrin, C., Johnston, A. M., & Santos, L., R. (2016). [Review of the book Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition, by Á. Miklósi]. Quarterly Review of Biology, 91, 88. PDF

​Johnston, A. M. (2015, December 4). Getting inside the mind of a dog. Science Matters! Hartford Courant. PDF

Submitted Manuscripts

McAuliffe, K., Johnston, A. M., Bogese, M., & Santos, L. R. (submitted). Do dogs and dingoes eavesdrop on conspecifics?


For electronic copies of my posters, see my Open Science Framework profile here.