This page last updated 2021/02/09

Education

2014 - 2018   PhD Cognitive Neuroscience   University of Calgary
Thesis: Disambiguating the Role of the Retrosplenial Complex in Human Navigation   🔗
Supervisor: Dr. Giuseppe Iaria

2012 - 2013   MSc Cognitive Neuroscience   University of Calgary
Thesis: The Development of a Practical Measure of Environmental-Scale Spatial Ability: The Spatial Configuration Task  
Supervisor: Dr. Giuseppe Iaria

2005 - 2010   BSc Psychology   University of Calgary

Positions Held

2018 - 2020   Postdoctoral Fellow   Rotman Research Institute
Supervisor: Dr. Randy McIntosh

2017 - Curr   Co-investigator   University of Calgary
Project: Canadian Space Agency: Wayfinding 🔗

2013 - 2014   Study Coordinator   University of Calgary
Project: Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research: Measuring Spatial Abilities... 🔗

Honours & Awards

2018   NSERC PDF$90000 /2 years
2017   UCalgary Psychology Graduate Student Achievement Award
2017   HBI Trainee Publication Award$100
2016   Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship$66000 /2 years not cumulative with NSERC
2015   NSERC PGS-D$63000 /3 years
2015   Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship$15000 declined
2014   UCalgary Psychology Graduate Student Achievement Award
2014   Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship$15000
2014   CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence
2014   Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship$3000
2013   Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship$3600
2012   Cdn. Spring Conf. on Behavior and Brain Best Graduate Presentation
2010   Dean’s List – Faculty of Social Sciences

Research

Skills

Functional activity and connectivity (fMRI), and structural neuroimaging analysis (MRI)
Event-Related Potential (EEG/ERP) analysis
Experimental methodology and statistical analysis
Scripting in MATLAB, C#, JavaScript, Python, & bash
Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases, HTML, CSS, and PHP

Interests

Cognitive neuroscience and functional neuroimaging
Neural correlates of spatial orientation
Meso-scale functional neuroanatomy

Teaching Experience

2020   Instructor   PSYC/NEUR 521: Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience
2017   Co-Instructor   PSYC/NEUR 521: Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience
2016   Co-Instructor   PSYC 619.22: Special Topic: Functional Neuroimaging
2016   Co-Instructor   PSYC 619.17: Special Topic: Neuroimaging Meta-analysis
2016   Co-Instructor   PSYC/NEUR 521: Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience
2015   TA   PSYC 615: Analysis of Variance   UCalgary
2012   TA   PSYC 463: Memory   UCalgary
2012   TA   PSYC 205: Principles of Psychology   UCalgary

Publications   26

2020 Behavioural and cognitive mechanisms of Developmental Topographical Disorientation
by F Burles, G Iaria
inScientific Reports🔗

2020 Egocentric navigation abilities predict episodic memory performance
by G Committeri, A Fragueiro, M Campanile, M Lagatta, F Burles, G Iaria, C Sestieri, A Tosoni
inFrontiers in Human Neuroscience🔗

2020 Aerobic fitness is unrelated to the acquisition of hippocampal-dependent memory in college-aged adults
by M Chandler, McGowan A, F Burles, C Scavuzzo, K Mathewson, M Pontifex
inJournal of Sport & Exercise Psychology🔗

2020 A pilot study evaluating the effects of concussion on the ability to form cognitive maps for spatial orientation in adolescent hockey players
by L McFarlane, F Burles, K Yeates, K Schneider, G Iaria
inBrain Injury🔗

2020 The emergence of cognitive maps for spatial navigation in seven- to ten-year-old children
by F Burles, I Liu, C Hart, K Murias, S Graham, G Iaria
inChild Development🔗

2020 A Novel Training Program to Improve Human Spatial Orientation: Preliminary Findings
by M McLaren-Gradinaru, F Burles, I Dhillon, A Retsinas, A Umiltá, J Hannah, K Dolhan, G Iaria
inFrontiers in Human Neuroscience🔗

2019 Revisiting mental rotation with stereoscopic disparity: a new spin for a classic paradigm
by F Burles, J Lu, E Slone, F Cortese, G Iaria, A Protzner
inBrain and Cognition🔗

2018 Expedition cognition: a review and prospective of subterranean neuroscience with spaceflight applications
by N Mogilever, L Zuccarelli, F Burles, G Iaria, G Strapazzon, L Bessone, E Coffey
inFrontiers in Human Neuroscience🔗

2018 Sleep quality and its association with the insular cortex in emotional empathy
by V Guadagni, F Burles, M Ferrara, G Iaria
inEuropean Journal of Neuroscience🔗

2018 Ventral - dorsal functional contribution of the posterior cingulate cortex in human spatial orientation: A meta-analysis
by F Burles, A Umiltá, L McFarlane, K Potocki, G Iaria
inFrontiers in Human Neuroscience🔗

2018 Largely typical electrophysiological affective responses to special interest stimuli in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
by K Rivard, A Protzner, F Burles, M Schuetze, I Cho, K Ten Eycke, A McCrimmon, D Dewey, F Cortese, S Bray
inJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders🔗

2018 Poor sleep quality affects empathic responses in experienced paramedics
by V Guadagni, E Cook, C Hart, F Burles, G Iaria
inSleep and Biological Rhythms🔗

2017 Dorso-medial and ventro-lateral functional specialization of the human retrosplenial complex in spatial updating and orienting
by F Burles, E Slone, G Iaria
inBrain Structure and Function🔗

2016 The effects of selective amygdalo-hippocampectomy on different spatial orientation skills
by G Iaria, G Wentzel, J Boon, F Burles, I Liu, P Federico
inCurrent Trends in Neurology

2016 Familial aggregation in developmental topographical disorientation (DTD)
by S Barclay, F Burles, K Potocki, K Rancourt, M Nicolson, T Bech-Hansen, G Iaria
inCognitive Neuropsychology🔗

2016 Poor sleep quality affects spatial orientation in virtual environments
by S Valera, V Guadagni, E Slone, F Burles, M Ferrara, T Campbell, G Iaria
inSleep Science🔗

2016 Developmental Topographical Disorientation
by G Iaria, F Burles
inTrends in Cognitive Sciences🔗

2016 The relationship between quality of sleep and emotional empathy
by V Guadagni, F Burles, S Valera, E Hardwicke-Brown, M Ferrara, T Campbell, G Iaria
inJournal of Psychophysiology🔗

2016 Environmental layout complexity affects neural activity during navigation in humans
by E Slone, F Burles, G Iaria
inEuropean Journal of Neuroscience🔗

2016 Getting lost: Topographic skills in acquired and developmental prosopagnosia
by J Corrow, E Lee, S Corrow, R Pancaroglu, F Burles, B Duchaine, G Iaria, J Barton
inCortex🔗

2014 The effects of sleep deprivation on emotional empathy
by V Guadagni, F Burles, M Ferrara, G Iaria
inJournal of Sleep Research🔗

2014 Developmental topographical disorientation and decreased hippocampal functional connectivity
by G Iaria, A Arnold, F Burles, I Liu, E Slone, S Barclay, T Bech‐Hansen, R Levy
inHippocampus🔗

2014 Neuroticism and self-evaluation measures are related to the ability to form cognitive maps critical for spatial orientation
by F Burles, V Guadagni, F Hoey, A Arnold, R Levy, T O’Neill, G Iaria
inBehavioural Brain Research🔗

2014 Floor plan connectivity influences wayfinding performance in virtual environments
by E Slone, F Burles, K Robinson, R Levy, G Iaria
inEnvironment and Behavior🔗

2014 Differential neural network configuration during human path integration
by A Arnold, F Burles, S Bray, R Levy, G Iaria
inFrontiers in Human Neuroscience🔗

2013 Cognitive mapping in humans and its relationship to other orientation skills
by A Arnold, F Burles, T Krivoruchko, I Liu, C Rey, R Levy, G Iaria
inExperimental Brain Research🔗

Posters   16

2020 The varied influence of prior knowledge on perception, retention, and new learning
by E Wing, F Burles, J Ryan, A Gilboa
atCNSin virtual

2018 Age-related differences in the variability of BOLD signal manifest differently across tasks, and influence information processing capacity
by H Wang, M Rajah, F Burles, S Pasvanis, A Protzner
atSFNin San Diego

2018 Effect of Acute Exercise on Spatial Navigation
by D Olafson, F Burles, G Iaria, K Mathewson, C Scavuzzo
atBASICSin Banff

2018 Wayfinding: The Behavioural and Neurological Effects of Spaceflight on Astronauts' Spatial Orientation Skills
by F Burles, G Iaria
atNASA Human Research Program IWSin Galveston

2017 Ventrolateral-Dorsomedial Specialization of Human Posterior Cingulate Cortex in Spatial Processing
by F Burles, E Slone, A Umiltá, L McFarlane, K Potocki, G Iaria
atOHBMin Vancouver

2017 Sleep quality modulates activity and connectivity of the left anterior insula in emotional empathy
by V Guadagni, F Burles, C Hart, M Ferrara, G Iaria
atOHBMin Vancouver

2017 Tracking altitude-related changes in processing capacity with brain signal variability
by A Heard, J Hart, F Burles, S Hartmann, M Furian, M Lichblau, L Muralt, P Bader, S Ulrich, K Bloch, J Rawling, P Pexman, M Poulin, A Protzner
atHypoxiain Banff

2016 Functional specialization of the posterior cingulate in spatial updating and orienting
by F Burles, E Slone, G Iaria
atiNavin Bad Gastein

2016 The relationship between quality of sleep and emotional empathy
by V Guadagni, F Burles, S Valera, E Hardwicke-Brown, M Ferrara, T Campbell, G Iaria
atEuropean Sleep Research Societyin Bologna

2014 Environmental Connectivity Influences Wayfinding Performance and Neural Mechanisms in Virtual Environments
by E Slone, F Burles, G Iaria
atNeuroGamingin San Francisco

2014 Decreased functional connectivity between the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex is associated with lifelong history of getting lost
by G Iaria, A Arnold, F Burles, I Liu, E Slone, S Barclay, T Bech-Hansen, R Levy
atCognitive Neuroscience Societyin Boston

2014 The behavioural and neurological effects of stereoscopic presentation of mental rotation stimuli
by F Burles, E Slone, J Lu, F Cortese, G Iaria, A Protzner
atHBI Research Dayin Calgary

2014 The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Emotional Empathy
by V Guadagni, F Burles, M Ferrara, G Iaria
atHBI Research Dayin Calgary

2014 Evidence of a Genetic Basis for Developmental Topographical Disorientation
by S Barclay, T Bech-Hansen, F Burles, G Iaria
atAmerican Society of Human Geneticsin San Diego

2012 Neural sources of behavioural variability in landmark orientation
by A Arnold, F Burles, A Protzner, S Bray, B Goodyear, R Levy, G Iaria
atFENSin Barcelona

2011 Developmental Topographical Disorientation: A Newly Discovered Cognitive Disorder
by A Arnold, F Burles, J Barton, G Iaria
atCognitive Neuroscience Societyin San Francisco

Presentations   6

2018 The cartographer and the navigator: The retrosplenial cortex in spatial orientation and navigation
by F Burles
at theRotman Research Rounds in Toronto   🔗

2017 The cartographer and the navigator
by F Burles
at theUCalgary Dept. of Psychology Research Achievement Day in Calgary

2017 Functional specialization within the retrosplenial complex for spatial encoding versus orienting
by F Burles, E Slone, G Iaria 
at theHBI Advanced Imaging Seminar Series in Calgary

2015 Retrosplenial complex activity and connectivity in spatial updating and orienting
by F Burles, E Slone, G Iaria 
at theUCalgary Dept. of Psychology Cognitive Science Seminar in Calgary

2014 The behavioural and neurological effects of stereoscopic presentation of mental rotation stimuli
by F Burles, E Slone, J Lu, F Cortese, G Iaria, A Protzner
at theUCalgary Dept. of Psychology Cognitive Science Seminar in Calgary

2012 Dissecting human spatial orientation: The contribution of different cognitive strategies to orient in familiar and unfamiliar surroundings
by F Burles, A Arnold, T Kivoruchko, I Liu, C Rey, R Levy, G Iaria
at theCanadian Spring Conference on Behaviour and Brain in Fernie