The human brain is both the world’s most adept learner and greatest translator. From infancy and throughout development our brains rapidly learn how to take basic physical properties such as light, pressure, and time and transform them into the most complex of human capacities such as thought, memory and imagination. This translation arises via billions of nanoscopic transmissions that flow across a vast yet infinitesimal labyrinth of neurons. Once opaque, the immense neural maze of the brain is now recognized as being organized into coordinated yet discrete specialized systems, each composed of a series of distributed regions throughout the brain.

My specific research questions: 

  1. How do our neural systems change as we grow?

  2. How do our experiences impact these systems, and thus how we engage with the world around us?

  3. Is there a relationship between aberration in these systems and mental illness?

  • Experimental Psychopathology PhD Candidate

  • Harvard University, Psychology Department

  • Mentor: Dr. Katie McLaughlin 


McLaughlin, K. A., Flournoy, J., Dennison, M. J., Rodman, A., Bryce, N. V., McNeilly, E., Lurie, L.,

Bitran, D., Reid-Russell, A., Vidal-Bustamente, C.M., Allen, M. B., & Madhyastha, T., (In Prep) A Precision Neuroscience Approach to Mapping Within-Person Variability in Brain Activation During Emotion Processing: Implications for Reliability of Task-Based fMRI.


Bryce, N., Flournoy, J. C., Moreira, J. F. G., Rosen, M. L., Sambook, K. A., Mair, P., & McLaughlin, K. A. (2021). Brain parcellation selection: An overlooked decision point with meaningful effects on individual differences in resting-state functional connectivity. NeuroImage, 243, 118487.[PDF] (cover art -- see left)


Potter, T.*, Bryce, N.*, Hartley, C., (2016). Cognitive Components Underpinning the Development of Model-Based Learning. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. *Denotes equal author contribution​ [PDF]

Bryce, N., Lenkic, P., Enns, J., (under revision). Pupil dilation fails to predict spontaneous insight. Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics, and the Arts.


“The Aha! Moment. A step-by-step guide to your next creative breakthrough”. (Winter 2019). Scientific American Mind. Print. (Feature Article and Cover story) [PDF] (Also published in Genius Special Issue Winter 2015 and initially in standard issue in July 2014)

Magnetic Stimulation May Halt Rumination in Depression” (January 2015). Scientific American Mind. Print. (Article for Head Lines department) [LINK]

Creative Spark: Neuroscientist-Turned-Artist Shares His Process”. Online. (July 2014). Scientific American Mind. Online. [LINK]

The early bird makes the moral decision”. (March 2014). Scientific American Mind. Print. (Article for the Head Lines department) [LINK]