GASPAR, JOHN MANUEL

 

Description: C:\Users\John Gaspar\Desktop\1330373783371.jpg  Simon Fraser University

Department of Psychology
8888 University Drive

Burnaby, British Columbia

V5A 1S6

604.505.4619

jmg2@sfu.ca

Canadian citizenship

EDUCATION

 

Graduate:

 

2012 ‐ present     Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Ph.D.  in Psychology, Cognitive and Neural Studies

 

2009 ‐ 2012          Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

M.A. in Psychology, Cognitive and Neural Studies

Thesis: Within- versus cross-dimensional capture in fixed-feature visual search

 

Undergraduate:

 

2005 ‐ 2009          Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

B.A. in Psychology

 

2000 ‐ 2001          University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Certificate in Internet Publishing

 

Courses:

 

2013                      Dartmouth College, Lebanon, NH, USA

Pathology and Genetics of Human Cognition (invitation)

 

2012                      Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK

The Visceral Mind (competitive selection)

 

2010                       San Diego, CA, USA

BESA® Research Workshop

 

AWARDS

 

2014 -2015           Postgraduate Scholarship - Doctoral, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ($42,000)

 

2014                       Ph.D. Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University ($6,250)

 

2013                       Graduate Student Research Award, Simon Fraser University ($12,500)

 

2013                       Ph.D. Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University ($3,125)

 

2012                       Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence

 

2012                       British Columbia Psychological Association Graduate Medal in Psychology

 

2011                       M.A. Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University ($6,250)

 

2009                       M.A. Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University ($6,250)

 

2009                       Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Simon Fraser University ($7,000)

 

2008                       Undergraduate Student Research Award, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ($4,500)

 

RESEARCH AND RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

 

2009 - present     Simon Fraser University, Human Electroencephalography Lab, Burnaby, BC

Researcher/Graduate Student

Human Research: training research assistants, scheduling participants, and purchasing lab supplies and equipment. Also responsible for programming experiments using Neurobehavioral Systems Presentation® software, analyzing behavioural and EEG data using numerous software packages, including ERPSS, BESA®, Mathworks MATLAB®, and SPM.

 

2009 - present     Simon Fraser University, Psychology Department, Burnaby, BC

Teaching Assistant

Teaching, exam marking, assignment designing/marking for various psychology department courses (see below).

 

2013                       Langara College, Psychology Department, Vancouver, BC

Tutor-marker

Grading term-papers for psychology department course (see below).

2009 - 2010          University of British Columbia, Human Early Learning Partnership, Vancouver, BC

Research Assistant

Human research: EEG, ECG, GSR, & respiratory data collection, analysis, DNA sample collection for Gene Expression Collaborative for Kids Only (GECKO) project.

 

2007 ‐ 2010          Simon Fraser University, Human Brain Research Laboratory, Burnaby, BC

Research Assistant

Human research: programming experiments using Neurobehavioral Systems Presentation® software, analyzing behavioural and MEG/EEG data using numerous software packages, including Mathworks MATLAB®, BESA®, and SPM.

 

2006 ‐ 2007          Simon Fraser University, Behavioural Endocrinology Laboratory, Burnaby, BC

Research Assistant

Animal research: Immunocytochemistry (ICC), polymerase chain reaction (PCR), as well as various surgical techniques.

 

2006 ‐ 2007          Simon Fraser University Human Neuropsychology Laboratory, Burnaby, BC

Research Assistant

Human research: Database design and implementation for large datasets of standardized neuropsychological measures.

 

2006 ‐ 2007          North Shore Association for the Mentally Handicapped, North Vancouver, BC

Respite Caregiver

Provided respite care on a regular weekly basis for family with two children with autism.

 

ACCADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

Teaching Assistantships (Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University):

 

Summer 2014 semester, Instructor: Dr. George Alder

Introduction to Research Methods and Psychology (PSYC 201W)

Responsible for preparing and teaching weekly tutorials on writing skills, marking weekly assignments, and providing extensive feedback for multiple drafts of term papers.

 

Spring 2014 semester, Instructor: Dr. Richard Wright

Attention (PSYC 330)

Responsible for marking exams and assignments, preparing and running review sessions, and assisting students with course materials.

 

Fall 2013 and Fall 2011 semester, Instructor: Dr. John McDonald

                                                Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC 282)

Responsible for marking exams, preparing and running review sessions, and assisting students with course materials.

 

Spring 2013 and Fall 2011 semester, Instructor: Dr. Mario Liotti

                                                Memory and Mind (PSYC 325)

Responsible for marking exams and assignments, preparing and running review sessions, conducting invited guest lectures, and assisting students with course materials.

 

Summer 2012 semester, Instructor: Dr. Neil Watson

                                                Introduction to Biological Psychology (PSYC 280)

Responsible for marking exams, preparing and running review sessions, and assisting students with course materials.

 

Spring 2012 and Spring 2011 semester, Instructor: Dr. Tom Spalek

                                                Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 221)

Responsible for marking exams and quizzes, conducting an invited guest lecture, and assisting students with course materials.

 

Summer 2011 semester, Instructor: Dr. Ralph Mistlberger 

                                                Introduction to Biological Psychology (PSYC 280)

Responsible for marking exams, preparing and running review sessions, and assisting students with course materials.

 

Fall 2010 semester, Instructor: Dr. Richard Wright

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 221)

Responsible for marking exams and term papers, preparing and running review sessions, and assisting students with course materials.

 

Spring 2010 semester, Instructor: Dr. Tony Herdman

                                                Biological Psychology (PSYC 280)

Responsible for marking exams and assignments, maintaining online message boards, and assisting students with course materials.

 

Fall 2009 semester, Instructor: Dr. Gordon Rose

Brain, Mind, and Society (PSYC 109W)

Responsible for preparing and teaching weekly tutorials on writing skills, marking weekly assignments, and providing extensive feedback for multiple drafts of term papers.

 

Teaching Assistantships (Department of Psychology, Langara College):

 

Spring 2013 semester, Instructor: Dr. Susan Numerow

                                                Developmental Psychology (PSYC 2324)

Responsible for marking and providing feedback for term papers.

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

 

2008 - present     CIHR Synapse Mentorship Program

                                Youth mentor

                                Volunteer judge at Youth Science Canada science fairs for the Greater Vancouver Area.

2013                       Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning

Graphic designer

                                Created brand identity and logo for annual conference.

 

2005 ‐ 2006          British Columbia Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC

Graphic designer and webmaster

Organized and assisted at workshops put on by the BCPA as well as directed web and print design for all backend user services.

 

2004                       Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, BC

                                Patient visitor program worker

Provided regular one‐to‐one social contact with an individual patient to enhance socialization and accompanied patient on outings both on the hospital grounds and into the community.

 

SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE

 

I have provided training and mentorship in the design and implementation of cognitive neuroscience research to a number of students, including supervision of experimental design, programing, data collection and analysis, and reporting of research results.

 

Research Assistants:

 

2013 - present     Alannah Wallace – current B.A. student of Simon Fraser University

 

2012 - present     Andrew Lowry – current B.A. Hons. student of Simon Fraser University

 

2011 - 2013          Ashley Livingstone – current M.A. student of Simon Fraser University

 

2012 - 2013          Chad Williams – current B.Sc. student of University of Victoria

 

2011 - 2012          Ulrich Anglas – B.A. graduate of Simon Fraser University

 

2011                       Christina Hull – current Ph.D. student of Simon Fraser University

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION AFFILIATIONS

 

2013 - present     Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science

 

2012 - present     Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning

 

2008 - present     Society for Neuroscience

 

2011                       Cognitive Neuroscience Society

 

2011                       The Psychonomic Society

 

ACTIVITIES AND CONTRIBUTIONS

 

Guest Speaker:

 

2013                       Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada: ‘Active suppression of salient-but-irrelevant items increases visual working memory capacity’ (October, 2013).

 

2013                       Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA: ’Attention and Visual Short Term Memory – Potential Genetic Studies’ (June, 2013).

 

2011                       Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada: ‘Within- versus cross-dimensional capture in fixed-feature visual search’ (November, 2011).

 

Guest Lecturer:

 

2013                       Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada (PSYC 382): ‘Principles of Cerebral Organization and Lateralized Specialization’ (November, 2013).

 

2013                       Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada (PSYC 325): ‘How Does Visual Short Term Memory Work?’ (January, 2013).

 

2012                       Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada (PSYC 221): ‘The Evolution of Language’ (March, 2012).

 

2010                       Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada (PSYC 221): ‘Language and the Brain’ (March, 2010).

 

2008                       Saint Thomas More Collegiate, Burnaby, BC, Canada (grades 11 & 12): ‘An Introduction into the Structure and Function of the Brain – A Dissection Study’ (September, 2008).

 

Workshop Organizing Committees:

 

2008 ‐ 2010          Co‐organizer, Human Brain Lab and Science Alive! Present: Brain Camp – A Neuroscience Workshop for Children.

 

Interviews and Media Relations

 

Print:

 

2014                       Psych Central (April 21, 2014): ‘The Neuroscience of Focus: Taking Back Control of Our Minds’ by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

 

2014                       Toronto Sun (April 19, 2014): ‘Canadian scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system’ by QMI Agency.

 

2014                       Huffington Post (April 19, 2014): ‘Study on the brain: Scientists discover anti-distraction brain activity’ by Maxime Bourdier.

 

2014                       Science World Report (April 18, 2014): ‘Brain Distractions: Genetic, Environmental Factors Play a Role’ by Kathleen Lees.

 

2014                       News 1130 (April 17, 2014): ‘Hopes new research from SFU can impact ADD treatment’ by Alison Bailey.

 

2014                       The Tricities Now (April 17, 2014): ‘Research looks at how brains focus’ by John Kurucz.

 

Radio:

 

2014                       CKNW AM 980, Vancouver, BC, Canada (April 19, 2014): Live broadcast interview on The World Today Weekend with Sean Leslie, produced by Devon Taylor and Grace Sullivan.

 

PUBLICATIONS LIST

 

Articles in Refereed Journals:

 

Gaspar, J.M., and McDonald, J.J. (2014). Suppression of salient objects prevents distraction in visual search. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(16), 5658-5666.

 

Janatti, A., Gaspar, J.M., and McDonald, J.J. (2013). Tracking target and distractor processing in fixed-feature visual search: Evidence from human electrophysiology. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39(6), 1713-1730.

 

Moiseev, A., Gaspar, J.M., Schneider, J.A., and Herdman, A.T. (2011). Application of multi-source minimum variance beamformers for reconstruction of correlated neural activity. NeuroImage, 58(2), 481-496.

 

Hamson, D.K., Csupity, A.S., Gaspar, J.M., and Watson, N.V. (2009). Sex difference in Foxp2 expression in the rat cerebellum but not in the caudate/putamen. Neuroreport, 20(6), 611-616.

 

Papers:

 

Gaspar, J.M., Lagroix, H.E.P., Di Lollo, V., Jolicoeur, P., McDonald, J.J. (2014, July). Observers are unable to suppress salient visual-search distractors during the attentional blink. Talk to be presented at Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning, Hood River, Oregon, USA.

 

Gaspar, J.M., Lagroix, H.E.P., Di Lollo, V., Jolicoeur, P., McDonald, J.J. (2014, May). Efficient visual search is impaired during the attentional blink: an event-related potential study. Talk to be presented at Pacific Northwest Chapters Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Victoria, BC, Canada.

 

Gaspar, J.M., Christie, G.J., Livingstone, A.C., McDonald, J.J. (2013, July). Active suppression of salient-but-irrelevant items increases visual working memory capacity. Talk presented at Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Christie, G.J., Livingstone, A.C., Gaspar, J.M., McDonald, J.J. (2013, July). Efficient attentional selection despite inefficient search. Talk presented at Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Gaspar, J.M., Christie, G.J., Livingstone, A.C., McDonald, J.J. (2013, May). Visual working memory capacity predicts electrophysiological measures of attentional suppression. Talk presented at Pacific Northwest Chapters Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

Gaspar, J.M., McDonald, J.J. (2012, July). Within- versus cross-dimensional capture in fixed-feature visual search. Talk presented at Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning, Hood River, Oregon, USA.

 

Gaspar, J.M., McDonald, J.J. (2011, May). Uni- versus multi-dimensional capture of visual attention. Talk presented at Pacific Northwest Chapters Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

Posters:

 

McDonald, J.J. and Gaspar, J.M. (2013, November). Active suppression of salient distractors in a within-dimension additional singleton task. Poster presented at presented at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

 

Gaspar, J.M., Christie, G.J., and McDonald, J.J. (2013, April). Neural activity associated with attentional suppression predicts visual working memory capacity. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

 

Gaspar, J.M., Jannati, A., and McDonald, J.J. (2011, November). Attentional selection in uni- and cross-dimensional visual search tasks. Poster presented at Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

 

Cheung, T., Liotti, M., Herdman, A., Van Snellenberg, J., and Gaspar, J.M. (2009, May). Time-Frequency Analysis of Response Inhibition Using Magnetoencephalography. Poster presented at Society of Biological Psychiatry Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

Herdman, A.T. and Gaspar, J.M. (2009, March). Neural connectivity of experienced visual information. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.

 

Gaspar, J.M., and Herdman, A.T. (2008, November). Beamforing event-related fields to highly experienced single-letter and word stimuli. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.

 

Gaspar, J.M., and Herdman, A.T. (2008, April). Experience with text modifies early event related visual fields. Poster presented at Pacific Northwest Chapters Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.