Assistant Professor Christopher L Asplund obtained his AB in Cognitive Psychology from Princeton University in 2003, having spent part of his undergraduate career at University College London and Ohio State. His interest in the neural basis of cognition then led him to Vanderbilt University, where he studied the limits of human attention, working memory, and reasoning using both behavioural measures and functional neuroimaging (fMRI). Soon after receiving his PhD in 2010, he moved to Singapore, where he was a Research Fellow at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School before he joined Yale-NUS in May 2013.
Asst Prof Asplund studies attentional control and its relationship to consciousness. Attentional focus is influenced by multiple factors, including goals, action history, cognitive state, and events in the environment. Although these influences usually lead to successful behaviours, attention may be misallocated or overwhelmed. For example, we may fail to see something right before our eyes or to do two things at once.
Asst Prof Asplund’s research addresses how such limitations arise, how they might be circumvented, and what they reveal about control and consciousness. To explore these ideas, he and his colleagues conduct behavioural and neuroimaging (fMRI) experiments. These investigations centre on fundamental research in vision but extend to audition and somatosensation, as well as to applied work with training and human-computer interactions.
Kee, T., Weiyan, C., Blasiak, A., Wang, P., Chong,J.K., ,Yeo, B.T.T., Ho, D., & Asplund, C.L.. (2019). Harnessing CURATE.AI as a digital therapeutics platform by identifying N-of-1 learning trajectory profiles. Advanced Therapeutics. https://doi.org/10.1002/adtp.201900023
Tamber-Rosenau, B.J., Asplund, C.L., & Marois, R. (2018). Functional dissociation of the inferior frontal junction from the dorsal attention network in top-down attentional control. Journal of Neurophysiology, 120: 2498-2512.https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00506.2018
Yeo, B.T.T., Krienen, F.M. Eickhoff, S.B., Yaakub, S.N., Fox, P.T., Buckner, R.L., Asplund, C.L., & Chee, M.W.L. (2015). Functional specialization and flexibility in human association cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 25: 3654-3672.
Asplund, C.L., Fougnie, D., Zughni, S., Martin, J.W., & Marois, R. (2014). The attentional blink reveals the probabilistic nature of discrete conscious perception. Psychological Science, 25(3): 824-831.
Asplund, C.L., Todd, J.J., Snyder, A.D., Gilbert, C.M., & Marois, R. (2010). Surprise-induced Blindness: A stimulus-driven attentional limit to conscious perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 36(6): 1372-81.
Asplund, C.L., Todd, J.J., Snyder, A.D., & Marois, R. (2010). A central role for the lateral prefrontal cortex in goal-directed and stimulus-driven attention. Nature Neuroscience, 13(4): 507-12.
Dux, P.E., Ivanoff, J.G., Asplund, C.L., & Marois, R. (2006). Isolation of a central bottleneck of information processing with time-resolved fMRI. Neuron, 52(6), 1109-20.
Understanding Behaviour & Cognition