About Nick Wan

For a PDF version, click here (last PDF update: April 2016; generally, the webpage will be more up-to-date than the PDF)

How to pronounce my last name:
Wan rhymes with "fan" or "man" or "tan".
Wan does not rhyme with "lawn" or "fawn".

Other aliases:
Nicholas John Alexander Wan (publishing name)
nickwan (general internet screen name)

I'm a data scientist for the Cincinnati Reds. 

My previous research interest involved the field of cognitive neuroscience, particularly with neuroeconomics and music processing. My method of measurement included the use of neuroimaging, with most of my experiences based in electroencephalography and functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Research projects involved human cooperation and decision making tasks; neurolinguistics and speech language pathology; complex landscape perception.

Education Experience

Ph.D student in Experimental Psychology (cognitive neuroscience emphasis)
2013 - Present
Experimental and Applied Psychological Sciences
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Advisor: Kerry Jordan

B.S. in Experimental Psychology/Neuroscience
2010 - 2012
Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA
Advisor: Mary TrueHiroko Nakano

Publications

Wan, N., Hancock, A., Moon, T.K. & Gillam, R.B. (2016). A Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Investigation of Speech Production During Reading. Under review.

Call, B. J., Goodridge, W. H., Villanueva, I., Wan, N. J. A., & Jordan, K.E. (2015). Utilizing Electroencephalography Measurements for Comparison of Task-Specific Neural Efficiencies: Spatial Intelligence Tasks. JoVE. In press.

Goodridge, W. H., Villanueva, I., Call, B. J., Valladares, M. M., Wan, N. J. A., & Green, C. (June, 2014). Frontiers in Education. Conference Proceedings: Cognitive Strategies and Misconceptions in Introductory Statics Problems.

Oral Presentations

Wan, N. (2016, April) Are Blowout Losses in Sports "Demoralizing"?. Utah State University's Research Week. Lecture conducted from Logan, UT.

Prather, R., Scott, S., Voytek, B., & Wan, N. J. A. (2016, March) Professional Networking Using Social Media. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting. Workshop conducted from New York, NY.

Wan, N. J. A. (2015, February) Middle/Late Childhood Brain Development. Human Development. Lecture conducted from Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Wan, N. J. A. (2014, April) Neuroimaging Methods. Cognitive Psychology. Lecture conducted from Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Wan, N. J. A. (2014, March) What is EEG. Research Methods. Lecture conducted from Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Wan, N. J. A. (2014, January) What is EEG. HPER Research Seminar. Lecture conducted from Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Wan, N. J. A. (2013, November) How to EEG. Methods in Neuroscience. Lecture conducted from Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Wan, N. J. A. (2013, November) How to EEG. Advanced Development. Lecture conducted from Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Wan, N. J. A. (2013, September) Importance of Science Outreach. Logan Nerd Night. Lecture conducted from Death Ray Comics, Logan, UT.

Mahamane, S. & Wan, N. J. A. (2013, September) Multisensory Cognition Lab: Electroencephalography. Undergraduate Apprenticeship Fair. Lecture conducted from Utah State University, Logan, UT.

Poster Presentations

Wan, N.J.A., Hancock, A.S., Gillam, S.L., & Gillam, R.B. (2015, March). Effects of concussion on working memory, selective attention, and hemodynamic response. Presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2015, San Francisco.

Wan, N. J. A., Wilson, A.J., Robinson, B.S. & Jordan, K.E. (2014, November). Cooperation and strategy during social dilemmas: An EEG hyperscan investigation. Presented at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2014, Washington, D.C.

Wan, N. J. A., Hancock, A. S., Baker, J. M. & Gillam, R. B. (2014, April). Neural correlates of syntax comprehension in children with specific language impairments. Presented at Utah State University: Research Week 2014, Logan, UT.

De Dios, C., Wan, N. J. A., Rosario, M. & Nakano, H. (2012, April). Music processing in experienced dancers and non-dancers: An EEG spectral analysis. Presented at Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research, Moraga, CA.

De Dios, C., Wan, N. J. A., Rosario, M. & Nakano, H. (2012, April). Music processing in experienced dancers and non-dancers: An EEG spectral analysis. Presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Meeting, Chicago, IL.

De Dios, C., Wan, N. J. A., Rosario, M. & Nakano, H. (2011, October). Music processing in experienced dancers and non-dancers: An EEG spectral analysis. Presented at Saint Mary’s College of California Student Research Symposium, Moraga, CA.

De Dios, C., Wan, N. J. A., Rosario, M. & Nakano, H. (2011, April). Music processing in dancers and non-dancers: A preliminary EEG frequency analysis. Presented at Saint Mary’s College of California Spring Symposium, Moraga, CA.

De Dios, C., Wan, N. J. A., Rosario, M. & Nakano, H. (2011, April). Music processing in dancers and non-dancers: A preliminary EEG frequency analysis. Presented at Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research, Moraga, CA.

Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. A Neural Investigation into Strategy Usage and People with High Suicidal Ideation (2016). Not awarded.

Utah State University Graduate Research & Creative Opportunity. A Neural Investigation into Strategy Usage and Personality Traits (2016). Awarded: $1,000.

Utah State University Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity (advising role). Theory of Mind and the Game of Chicken (2016). Awarded: $2,000.

Utah State University Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity (advising role). The Effect of Cognitive Dissonance in Social Dilemmas: An EEG Analysis (2015). Awarded: $1,357.

NSF Graduate Research FellowshipNeural Markers of Human Cooperation: An EEG and fNIRS Hyperscanning Analysis (2014). Not awarded.

NIH R21 (graduate student role). On-line analysis of neural activation in children with SLI using NIRS (2014, revision). Not awarded.

Utah State University Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Opportunity (advising role). Risk perception in dynamic social dilemma models: an EEG analysis (2014). Awarded: $2,000.

Utah State University Office of Research and Graduate Studies Research Assistantship. The Neuroscience of Social Interactions: EEG-fNIRS Hyperscan Investigations (2014). Not awarded.

NIH R21 (graduate student role). On-line analysis of neural activation in children with SLI using NIRS (2013). Not awarded.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Human Cooperation: An EEG Hyperscan Investigation (2013). Not awarded.

Honors and Awards

Utah State University Research and Graduate Studies Travel Award ($600; 2015a, 2015b, 2016)
Utah State University Department of Psychology Travel Award
($600; 2014, 2015, 2016)
Utah State University Research Week Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award (2015)
Utah State University Research Week Graduate Student Oral Presentation Honorable Mention
(2014)
Utah State University Department of Psychology Tuition Award (2013, 2014, 2015)
Saint Mary's School of Science Travel Award ($500; 2012)
Saint Mary's Undergraduate Summer Research Award ($2000; 2011)
Time Magazine's Person of the Year (Co-awarded; 2006)

In The News

Zimmerman, K. (2015, February 13). Statistics support impact of ASU's Curtain of DistractionFox Sports.
Wolfers, J. (2015, February 12). How Arizona State Reinvented Free-Throw DistractionThe New York Times.
Burnett, M. (2013, October 21). Nerds assemble at Logan comic book storeThe Utah Statesman.
Cannon, K. (2013, September 25). USU grad student begins 'Logan Nerd Night' science outreachThe Herald Journal.

Lab Experience

Graduate Researcher
2013 - Present
Multisensory Cognition Lab
Psychology Department
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Advisor: Kerry Jordan

Research Assistant
2013 - Present
Learning, Education and Auditory Processing Laboratory
College of Education
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Advisor: Ron Gillam

Summer Research Assistant
Summer 2015
Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research
Stanford University
Advisor: Joe Baker

Research Assistant
2012 - 2013
Gazzaley Lab
Department of Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
Advisor: David A. Ziegler & Adam Gazzaley

Research Assistant
2010 - 2012
Nakano Lab
Psychology Department
Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA
Advisors: Hiroko Nakano & Mari-Anne Rosario

Outreach Experience

Guest Data Analyst
2015
The New York Times

Guest Blogger
2014 - Present
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Science Consultant
2014 - Present
Spider Ham Radio
Logan, UT
Podcast about Spider-man

Co-Founder
2013 - Present
Logan Nerd Night
Logan, UT
Monthly casual science outreach presentations and discussions.

Founder
2013 - Present
Multisensory Cognition Lab: EEG Club
Logan, UT
Weekly meetings discussing literature related to electroencephalography, seminal and current.

This page is constantly being updated! Last updated December, 2016.