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Nicholas Gaspelin

Assistant Professor



Summary of Research
In daily life, we are often overloaded by multiple competing stimuli and tasks. To function efficiently, we use mechanisms of attention to selectively process the most relevant sensory information and juggle our cognitive processing resources amongst the most important tasks. Dr. Gaspelin’s research focuses on understanding these attentional mechanisms using psychophysics, eye tracking, and event-related potentials (ERPs). These tools provide a powerful insight into the brain functioning of healthy individuals.His research has previously been funded by the UC Davis Center for Vision Science and the National Eye Institute.

Representative Publications
Gaspelin, N., & Luck, S. J. (2018). The role of inhibition in avoiding distraction by salient stimuli. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22(1), 79–92.

Gaspelin, N., & Luck, S.J. (2018).Combined electrophysiological and behavioral evidence for the suppression of salient distractors. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 30(9), 1265-1280.

Gaspelin, N., & Luck, S.J. (2018). Distinguishing among potential mechanisms of suppression. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 44(4), 626-644.

Gaspelin, N., Leonard, C. J., & Luck, S. J. (2015). Direct evidence for active suppression of salient-but-irrelevant sensory inputs. Psychological Science, 22(11), 1740-1750.

Luck, S.J., & Gaspelin, N. (2017). How to get statistically significant effects in any ERP experiment (and why you shouldn’t). Psychophysiology, 54(1), 146-157.


  • Postdoc, University of California at Davis
  • PhD, University of New Mexico
  • BA, University of Iowa

Research Interests

  • Visual Perception
  • Attention
  • Cognitive Control
  • Eye Tracking
  • Event-Related Potentials

Research Profile

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae