John Gaspar

Research Scientist & Brain Enthusiast
PhD, Experimental Psychology


Location

Mountain View, CA

Phone

530.219.6780

Intro

What I am all about.

Over the years I've had the opportunity to work with countless talented people in both industry and academia to produce impactful and meaningful research. At Google, my focus has been on evaluating virtual and augmented reality experiences (with an emphasis on hardware experiences). By combining both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, my work serves to inform stakeholders and motivate the design of future products. During my time in academia I became proficient in a variety of highly specialized research techniques, including electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), eye-tracking, and psychophysical testing. With these skills, my research interests were geared towards understanding how much control we have over what we pay attention to. This work has been published in high-impact journals and featured in a number of prominent pop-sci publications.

Expertise

Stuff I know.
01

Research Experience

I have collaborated with cross-functional teams that include industrial designers, product designers, mechanical engineers, product managers, interaction designers, researchers, and doctors to convert research findings into meaningful scientific and product advancements. This has done using a range of both qualitative and quantitive research techniques. I have experience conducting research with a wide variety of participant populations, including special clinical populations.

02

Experimental Design

I am experienced in both qualitative and quantitative experimental design. I have designed experimental paradigms using several programming languages and tools, including MATLAB (Psychtoolbox), Unity, Presentation, and E-Prime. In addition to creating the paradigms, I am also effective at conveying the justification for my methods to stakeholders, granting agencies, and research ethics boards.

03

Statistical Analyses

I have a strong background in both frequentist and Bayes factor statistical testing using methods that include regression analyses, correlational analyses, ANOVAs, ANCOVAs,and t-tests. I am proficient doing analyses in MATLAB, R, SPSS, JASP, Excel, Sheets,and Prism.

04

Public Speaking and Research Dissemination

My research has appeared in top-tier journals and has been featured in several pop-sci publications. I have given 10 invited talks and guest lectures at universities and colleges throughout North America. In addition to this, I have personally presented my research 14 times and have had my research presented by collaborators an additional nine times at national and international conferences.

05

Teaching and Public Education

I have been a teaching assistant 20 times since 2009 for a variety of college and university courses and have given numerous university lectures. I havementored undergraduate and graduate students and was a member ofthe Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Synapse Mentorship Program.

Highlighted Interviews and Media Relations

People I've talked to about my research.

Professional Appointments

What I've been up to.
2018 – present

Google

Contracted through Adecco

UX Research Associate

Supervisor: Dan Odell

Mountain View, CA, USA

2016 – 2018

Center for the Mind & Brain

Postdoctoral Scholar

Supervisor: Steve Luck

Davis, CA, USA

2009 – 2016

Simon Fraser University

Teaching Assistant

Burnaby, BC, Canada

Behavioural Endocrinology (PSYC 381)
Spring 2016 semester, Instructor: Dr. Bryan Jones
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 221)
Fall 2015, Fall 2014, and Fall 2010 semester, Instructor: Dr. Richard Wright
Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC 382)
Summer 2015, Fall 2013, and Fall 2011 semester, Instructor: Dr. John McDonald
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 221)
Spring 2015, Spring 2012, and Spring 2011 semester, Instructor: Dr. Tom Spalek
Introduction to Research Methods (PSYC 201W)
Summer 2014 semester, Instructor: Dr. George Alder
Attention (PSYC 330)
Spring 2014 semester, Instructor: Dr. Richard Wright
Memory and Mind (PSYC 325)
Spring 2013 and Fall 2011 semester, Instructor: Dr. Mario Liotti
Introduction to Biological Psychology (PSYC 280)
Summer 2012 semester, Instructor: Dr. Neil Watson
Introduction to Biological Psychology (PSYC 280)
Summer 2011 semester, Instructor: Dr. Ralph Mistlberger
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 221)
Fall 2010 semester, Instructor: Dr. Richard Wright
Introduction to Biological Psychology (PSYC 280)
Spring 2010 semester, Instructor: Dr. Tony Herdman
Brain, Mind, and Society (PSYC 109W)
Fall 2009 semester, Instructor: Dr. Gordon Rose

Education

Places I've learned.
2012 – 2016

Simon Fraser University

Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive and Neural Studies

Advisory committee: John McDonald, Urs Ribary, Mario Liotti

Burnaby, BC, Canada

Thesis: Mechanisms of attentional processing during visual search: how distraction is handled by the brain

2009 – 2012

Simon Fraser University

Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive and Neural Studies

Advisory committee: John McDonald, Urs Ribary

Burnaby, BC, Canada

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

2005 – 2009

Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Burnaby, BC, Canada
2000 – 2001

University of British Columbia

Certificate in Internet Publishing

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Awards

Funding and kudos I've received.

2017

Vision Sciences Society 17th Annual Meeting Graphics Competition ($350)


2014-2016

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


2012

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


2010

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)