Joseph F Johnson

About meJJC

My name is Joseph F. Johnson, a current Neuropsychology PhD candidate at  Maastricht University in the lovely southern province of the Netherlands. I as well hold a posting as a Research Fellow and the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. Originally hailing from Vancouver, Canada, my journey has lead me all over, gathering a broad perspective on life and hopefully an even broader set of experience and skills along the way.

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Voice adaptation and vocal learning

To put it short, the research I am working on deals with the question of why certain people hear voices when no one else is speaking, and on a deeper level with auditory perception, feedback monitoring and processing, and decisions of self or other source attribution. Through the clever use of fMRI (and EEG) and voice morphing methods, our team aims to determine the parts of the brain responsible for determining who speaks when circumstance or dysfunction makes that task more difficult.

  • Audio verbal hallucinations
  • Auditory perception
  • Source attribution
  • Voice identity
  • Sensorimotor feedback (-prediction, -monitoring, -error)


  • Functional MRI
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • Behavioural Measures
  • Neuroimaging Meta-analysis
  • Software: GingerALE, NBS Presentation, SPSS, SPM, FSL
  • programming: SDL, PCL, Python, HTML

Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • 2016-Current: PhD Candidate Researcher in the Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University (Maastricht, the Netherlands)
  • 2016-2019: Research Fellow at University of Minho (Braga, Portugal)
  • 2015-2016: Research Assistant at Maastricht University (Maastricht, the Netherlands)
  • 2015: Research Internship at University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • 2014-2015: Master of Science Degree in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University (Maastricht, the Netherlands)
  • 2012: Erasmus Student at Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • 2009-2012: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)
  • 2007-2009: Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology at Langara College (Vancouver, Canada)

Selected Publications

  • Johnson, J. F., Belyk, M., Schwartze, M., Pinheiro, A. P., & Kotz, S. A. (2019). The role of the cerebellum in adaptation: ALE meta‐analyses on sensory feedback error. Human brain mapping40(13), 3966-3981.
  • Belyk, M., Johnson, J. F., & Kotz, S. A. (2018). Poor neuro-motor tuning of the human larynx: a comparison of sung and whistled pitch imitation. Royal Society Open Science5(4), 171544.

For more details please refer to Joseph’s CV here or send an email to