David Prime

Position: Instructor

Department: Psychology/Social Science

Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: NW N3426

Office Phone: (604) 527-5513

Email: primed@douglascollege.ca

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D, Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • M.A., Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • B.A.(1st Class Honors), Psychology, Simon Fraser University

Teaching Concentrations

I have experience in teaching introductory psychology, cognition, cognitive neuroscience methods, and statistics.


  • PSYC 1100
  • PSYC 2360
  • PSYC 3370


I am an expert in applying EEG measures of brain activity to investigate cognitive processes. I have conducted studies on attention, perception, decision making, and working memory. In particular, I have published several studies investigating the attention related phenomenon known as Inhibition of Return (IOR). Recently, I have began investigating the effect of biases on high level decision making and belief formation.

Open to Supervising Honours Students for 2021-22: YES

Selected Refereed Publications:

Gaspar, John M.; Christie, Gregory J.; Prime, David J.; Jolicoeur, Pierre; McDonald, John J. (2016). Inability to suppress salient distractors predicts low visual working memory capacity. PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, 3693-3698, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523471113.

Prime, David J., Pluchino, Patrik, Dell’Acqua, Roberto, & Jolicoeur, Pierre. (2011). Object-substitution masking modulates spatial attention and the encoding of information in visual short term memory: Insights from occipito-parietal ERP components. Psychophysiology, 48, 687-696.

Prime, David J., & Jolicoeur, Pierre (2010). Mental rotation requires visual short-term memory: Evidence from human electric cortical activity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 2437-2446.

Prime, David J., & Jolicoeur, Pierre (2009). On the relationship between occipital cortex activity and inhibition of return. Psychophysiology, 46, 1278-1287.

Prime, David J., & Jolicoeur, Pierre. (2009). Response-selection conflict contributes to inhibition of return. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 991-999.

Prime, David J., McDonald, John J., Green, Jessica, & Ward, Lawrence, M. (2008). When cross-modal attention fails. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 192-197.

Leblanc, Émilie, Prime, David J., & Jolicoeur, Pierre. (2008). Tracking the Location of Visuospatial Attention in a Contingent Capture Paradigm. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 657-671.

Prime, David J., Visser, Troy A. W., Ward, Lawrence M. (2006). Reorienting attention and inhibition of return. Perception & Psychophysics, 68(8), 1310-1323.

Prime, David J., & Ward, Lawrence, M. (2006). Cortical expressions of inhibition of return. Brain Research, 1072, 161-174.

Prime, David J., & Ward, Lawrence M. (2004). Inhibition of return from stimulus to response. Psychological Science, 15, 272-276.