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Erika Nyhus

Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Bowdoin College

Erika Nyhus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience at Bowdoin College. Her research program focuses on human executive function and memory using behavioral and EEG methods. Specifically, she is interested in how neural oscillations provide a mechanism for interaction among brain regions during memory retrieval and how we can change oscillatory activity to improve memory through non-invasive brain stimulation and mindfulness meditation.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Bowdoin College


  • 2010 
    University of Colorado at Boulder, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology


  • 2022
    Brain activity patterns underlying memory confidence, European Journal of Neuroscience
  • 2022
    Theta oscillations support active exploration in human spatial navigation., NeuroImage
  • 2022
    Alpha modulation in younger and older adults during distracted encoding, European Journal of Neuroscience
  • 2020
    Combining behavior and EEG to study the effects of mindfulness meditation on episodic memory, Journal of Visualized Experiments
  • 2019
    Increases in theta oscillatory activity during episodic memory retrieval following mindfulness meditation training, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • 2018
    Brain networks related to beta oscillatory activity during episodic memory retrieval, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2018
    MAO-A phenotype effects response sensitivity and the parietal old/new effect during recognition memory, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • 2017
    Individual differences in EEG correlates of recognition memory due to DAT polymorphisms, Brain and Behavior
  • 2016
    Incorporating an ERP project into undergraduate instruction, Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education
  • 2015
    Genetic variation in the serotonin transporter gene influences the ERP old/new effect during recognition memory, Neuropsychologia
  • 2015
    EEG and fMRI correlates of dynamic decision parameters during reinforcement learning, Journal of Neuroscience
  • 2013
    ERPs and neural oscillations during volitional suppression of memory retrieval, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2012
    Midazolam induced amnesia reduces memory for details and affects the ERP correlates of recollection and familiarity, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2010
    Neural inhibition enables selection during language processing, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2010
    Functional role of gamma and theta oscillations in episodic memory, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review
  • 2009
    Semantic and perceptual effects on recognition memory: Evidence from ERP, Brain Research
  • 2009
    The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and the cognitive assessment of prefrontal function, Brain and Cognition
  • 2008
    Event-related potential correlates of interference effects on recognition memory, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
  • 2008
    An information theoretical approach to task-switching: Evidence from cognitive brain potentials in humans, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Identifying the role of theta oscillations in the transient network dynamics involved in episodic memory
    Funding Source:
    National Institute of Mental Health

Professional Memberships

  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Society for Neuroscience