Location: Bowdoin / Erika Nyhus


Erika Nyhus

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology

Contact Information

220 Kanbar Hall

Fall 2014

  • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC 2060)
  • Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC 2775)

Erika NyhusEducation

  • B.A. Psychology and Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 2003
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006
  • Ph.D. Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010
  • Post-doctoral education, Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University, 2010-2013

Research Interests:

I study the neural processes involved in higher-level cognition, including executive functioning and episodic memory. Specifically, my research has examined (1) the neural processes supporting executive functions, (2) the neural processes supporting episodic retrieval, and (3) how neural processes interact for top-down control of episodic retrieval. My research has addressed these topics through behavioral and neuroimaging (electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potential (ERP), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)) methods. This research has shown how multiple brain systems process information and interact to perform rich cognitive abilities.

 Professor Nyhus' Lab Page »

Nyhus, E. & Badre, D. Frontal Subregions Contributions to Retrieval. To appear in D.R. Addis, M. Barense, A. Duarte (Eds.), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Frank, M. J., Gagne, C., Nyhus, E., Masters, S., Wiecki, T.V., Cavanagh, J., & Badre, D. (in press). EEG and fMRI correlates of dynamic decision parameters during reinforcement learning. Journal of Neuroscience.

Depue, B.E., Ketz, N., Mollison, M.V., Nyhus, E.,  Banich, M.T., & Curran, T. (2013). ERPs and neural oscillations during volitional suppression of memory retrievalJournal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1624-1633.

Nyhus, E. & Curran, T. (2012). Midazolam induced amnesia reduces memory for details and affects the ERP correlates of recollection and familiarity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 416-427.

Snyder, H. R., Hutchison, N., Nyhus, E., Curran, T., Banich, M. T., O’Reilly, R. C., & Munakata, Y. (2010). Neural inhibition enables selection during language processing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 16483–16488.

Nyhus, E. & Curran, T. (2010). Functional role of gamma and theta oscillations in episodic memory. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 1023-1035.

Nyhus, E. & Curran, T. (2009). Semantic and perceptual effects on recognition memory: Evidence from ERP. Brain Research, 1283, 102-114.

Nyhus, E. & Barceló, F. (2009). The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and the cognitive assessment of prefrontal function. Brain and Cognition, 71, 437-451.

Norman, K. A., Tepe, K., Nyhus, E., & Curran, T. (2008). Event-related potential correlates of interference effects on recognition memoryPsychonomic Bulletin and Review, 15(1), 36-43.

Barceló, F., Periañez, J., Nyhus, E. (2008). An information theoretical approach to task-switching: Evidence from cognitive brain potentials in humansFrontiers in Human Neuroscience, 1(1).