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John Gaspar


John Gaspar is the Director of Human Factors Research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator. He has experience in the design, implementation, and analysis of translational research studies, with a focus on understanding the role of cognition and attention in the context of complex real-world tasks. His graduate research examined driver distraction and investigation mitigation strategies. Other past areas of research include cognitive aging, cognitive training and transfer, and divided attention.

His current research efforts focus on driver impairment from drowsiness and distraction, countermeasure design, and using simulation as a transportation research tool. His research utilizes a combination of traditional laboratory techniques and advanced simulation to study the role of attention in real-world tasks. He has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers and has delivered many presentations at national conferences on the topics of cognitive psychology and human factors. Dr. Gaspar is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Society of Automotive Engineers, Transportation Research Board, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Dr. Gaspar received his Ph.D. in Visual Cognition and Human Performance Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014.

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Gaspar, J., Ward, N., Neider, M., Crowell, J., Carbonari, R., Kaczmarski, H., Loschky, L., Ringer, R., Johnson, A., Kramer, A. (2016). Measuring the useful field of view during simulated driving with gaze-contingent displays. Human Factors, Jun 2016, 630-641.
Banducci, S., Ward, N., Gaspar, J., Crowell, J., Schab, K., Kaczmarski, H., Kramer, A. (2016). The effects of cell phone and text message conversations on simulated street crossing performance. Human Factors, Feb 2016, 150-162.
Jang, K., Han, S. Y., Xu, S., Mathewson, K., Zhang, Y., Jeong, J., Kim, G., Webb, R. C., Lee, J. W., Gaspar, J., al., e. (2014). Rugged and breathable forms of stretchable electronics with adherent composite substrates for transcutaneous monitoring. Nature Communications, Sep 2014.
Gaspar, J., Street, W., Windsor, M., Carbonari, R., Kaczmarski, H., Kramer, A., Mathewson, K. (2014). Ameliorating the distracting effects of cell phone driving. Psychological Science, Aug 2014.
Gaspar, J., Neider, M., Crowell, J., Lutz, A., Kaczmarski, H., Kramer, A. (2014). Are gamers better crossers? An examination of action video game experience and dual task effects in a simulated street crossing task. Human Factors, May 2014, 443-452.
Gaspar, J., Neider, M., Simons, D., McCarley, J., Kramer, A. (2013). Change Detection: Training and Transfer. PLOS ONE, Jun 2013.
Gaspar, J., Neider, M., Kramer, A. (2013). Falls risk and simulated driving performance in older adults. Journal of Aging Research, Jan 2013.
Chaddock, L., Neider, M., Voss, M., Gaspar, J., Kramer, A. (2011). Do athletes excel at everyday tasks? . Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Oct 2011, 1920-1926.
Neider, M., Gaspar, J., McCarley, J., Crowell, J., Kaczmarski, H., Kramer, A. (2011). Walking and talking: Dual-task effects on street crossing behavior in older adults. Psychology and Aging, Jun 2011, 260-268.
Nagamatsu, L., Voss, M., Neider, M., Gaspar, J., Handy, T., Kramer, A., Liu-Ambrose, T. (2011). Increased cognitive load leads to impaired motor decisions in seniors at risk for falls: A virtual reality experiment. Psychology and Aging, Jun 2011, 253-259.

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