Professor Nyhus' Lab

Memory retrieval network identified with fMRI.
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The Nyhus Lab is focused on human executive function and memory.  We approach these topics from a cognitive neuroscience perspective with the goals of understanding the characteristics of mental processes and how they are realized within the brain.  Currently, students in my lab are using brain electrical activity (ERPs) to study the brain processes that underlie attention and memory.  These studies show how attention modulation affects later memory.  In addition, we are interested in how neural oscillations provide a mechanism for interaction among brain regions during memory retrieval.  The lab regularly uses EEG along with behavioral paradigms to examine the moment by moment neural dynamics involved in human learning and memory. 

Lab News 

Our research was recently highlighted in the Bowdoin News (read the articles herehere, and here) and in the Coastal Journal (read the article here).

Gibbons fellows, including lab members Helen Wieffering, Eric Mercado, and Jessica Solis, were recently highlighted in the Bowdoin News (read the articles here, here, and here).

Summer Research

Leigh Andrews presenting his honors project at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, DC.
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The Neuroscience department awards its outstanding students with the opportunity to do serious lab research over the Summer. Stipends are available and projects are often co-authored for publication. This Summer has again yielded outstanding original research in the filed. Here are some sample projects:

Andrew Engel '16
Effect of Mindfulness Meditation on Long-term Memory

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Jacob MacDonald '16
Attentional Inhibition of a Distractor on Memory Facilitation

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Kylie Moore '16
The Effect of Inhibition of Return on Memory Encoding

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Helen Wieffering '16
Interactions Among Brain Areas During Memory Retrieval

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