Kristy Johnson

Affective Computing, ML Learning
  • Research Assistant

Kristy Johnson is a doctoral student in the Affective Computing group. She researches how motivation, reinforcement, and physiological regulation affect learning. To explore these interactions, she builds devices that enable play-based learning, especially for children with complex neurodevelopmental differences. Paired with wearable physiological sensors, these devices capture and quantify the process of learning.

Kristy grew up in a small town in Indiana and earned her BS and MS in physics, focusing on topics in astronomy, plasma physics, and superfluids. After her son was born with a rare genetic disorder involving global developmental delays and autism, Kristy began researching neurodevelopmental disorders in an effort to build technology to better assist and understand neurodiverse individuals. Prior to joining the Media Lab, Kristy was a scientific editor, adjunct faculty in astronomy, and a full-time mom.

Kristy Johnson is a doctoral student in the Affective Computing group. She researches how motivation, reinforcement, and physiological regulation affect learning. To explore these interactions, she builds devices that enable play-based learning, especially for children with complex neurodevelopmental differences. Paired with wearable physiological sensors, these devices capture and quantify the process of learning.

Kristy grew up in a small town in Indiana and earned her BS and MS in physics, focusing on topics in astronomy, plasma physics, and superfluids. After her son was born with a rare genetic disorder involving global developmental delays and autism, Kristy began researching neurodevelopmental disorders in an effort to build technology to better assist and understand neurodiverse individuals. Prior to joining the Media Lab, Kristy was a scientific editor, adjunct faculty in astronomy, and a full-time mom.