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Erika Nyhus



I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences department at Brown University where 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. 



Ph.D. Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010

M.A. Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006

B.A. Psychology and Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 2003



Course Instructor, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (2145-005), 2009

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (2145-001/002), 2005

Teaching Assistant, Sensation and Perception (4164-100), 2004


Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting Poster Download pdf


Unpublished dissertation Download pdf



Nyhus, E. & Badre, D. (in revision). Memory retrieval and the functional organization of frontal cortex. To appear in D.R. Addis, M. Barense, A. Duarte (Eds), The Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell. Download pdf

Depue, B.D., Ketz, N., Mollison, M.V., Nyhus, E., Banich, M.T., & Curran, T. (in press) Event related potentials and neural oscillations during volitional suppression of memory retrieval: Electrophysiological analysis of the TNT task. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Download pdf

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. Download pdf

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

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

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

Nyhus, E. & Barceló, F. (2009). The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and the cognitive assessment of prefrontal executive functions: A critical update. Brain and Cognition, 71, 437-451. Download pdf

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

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


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Other than school I volunteer with BeadforLife and enjoy traveling, hiking, and photography.


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