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.
Our research has been highlighted in the Bowdoin News and in the Coastal Journal.
- Brain Waves, Phobias, and Bacterial Sugars: Bowdoin Research in Human Health, (Bowdoin News, January 2015)
- Welcome to the Nyhus Lab, (Bowdoin News, January 2016)
- Neuroscientist Erika Nyhus Studies Memory, With Hope of Improving It One Day (Bowdoin News, October 2015)
- Can Mindfulness Meditation Improve Memory? (Bowdoin News, July 2018)
- A Sense of Direction: Neuroscience Project Analyzes Spatial Memory (Bowdoin News, October 2018)
- Six Women Scientists Receive Prestigious External Grants in Spring Semester (Bowdoin News, October 2018)
Gibbons fellows, including lab members Helen Wieffering, Eric Mercado, and Jessica Solis, were also highlighted in the Bowdoin News.
- Bowdoin’s Gibbons Fellows Get Technical (Bowdoin News, July 2015)
- Gibbons Student Eric Mercado ’18: Tracking Eyes to Better Understand Memory (Bowdoin News, July 2016)
- Video: Nyhus Lab: F-shaped patterns & Eric Mercado '18