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Tyler Gabbard‑Rocha

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Global Cultures & Languages
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Tyler Gabbard‑Rocha Pronouns: He/Him/His


Global Cultures & Languages

Specialty area(s)

Neurohumanities; Microrrelatos (Flash Fiction); 20th and 21st century Peninsular Spanish literature and media

Current courses at UWL

Spanish 103

Spanish 201

Spanish 202

Spanish 307

Spanish 333

Spanish 370

Spanish 382


PhD in Spanish Literature, Purdue University, 2020

MA in Spanish, Saint Louis University—Madrid, 2015

BA in Spanish, The Ohio State University, 2012


Teaching history

Purdue University

Ivy Tech Community College

Saint Louis University

Research and publishing

I specialize in the "Neurohumanities," sometimes referred to as "cognitive literary studies." I research the way the mind interacts with fiction: how we're able to laugh, cry, fear, and feel love for people or events that do not exist, how fictional stories are often the better at conveying messages than direct communication, and the social effects of exposure to fiction. I conduct this research with Contemporary Peninsular Spanish media (20th and 21st centuries) such as microrrelatos, graphic novels, film, and more.

Articles published

“A Cognitive Approach to Sinister, Very Short Fiction in Casa de muñecas”. Spanish and Portuguese Review 3.1, 2017, pp 87-98.

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

“'Yo no puedo más': el cansado y deprimido caballero de la Mancha". Actas Electrónicas del Sexto Simposio Anual de Español. Madrid. 2016. 

“Narrative and the Brain: Human Cognition Approach to Teaching Foreign Language Literature.”     Conference Proceedings INTED. Valencia. 2016. 

Current projects

“On the Development in Empathy through Exposure to Literature.”
"The Prototype and the microrrelato" (under review)
"Feeling Arrugas: Embodied Cognition and the Graphic Novel" (under review)
"Empathy and the L2 Literature Classroom" (under review)