Holding a preserved human brain at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Dr. Brian Kurilla is a psychological scientist with training in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, research design, and quantitative data analysis. He’s a former college professor and academic, whose past research combined behavioral and electrophysiological methods (e.g., event-related potentials or ERP‘s) to investigate the basic cognitive processes and decision strategies in memory. His scholarly work (listed below) has been published in peer-reviewed journals – including Memory & CognitionThe Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & CognitionThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Brain Research –  and in an edited volume alongside the work of leading experts in the field of memory.

Despite enjoying teaching undergraduate psychology courses, Brian left academia at the end of 2014 to become a full-time stay-at-home dad to his two young boys. In his spare time, he is now a contract data analyst and freelance writer and blogger. His blogging work focuses on using data to answer pressing questions about science and politics, and has been featured in various outlets, including American Scientist (where he contributed one of the most popular posts of 2016 on the Macroscope blog), Real Clear Science, Retraction Watch (here and here), and Research Square.

Brian is a proud geek in a number of respects, from his lifelong enthusiasm for such things as Star Trek and Indiana Jones (note the custom made fedora in the picture above) to his boundless fascination with numbers and data. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two sons, and cats, and can frequently be found awake late at night on his living room couch writing or toiling away with some new programming challenge in R.

You can follow Brian on Twitter @briankurilla

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Scholarly Publications:

Kurilla, B.P., & Gonsalves, B.D. (2012). An ERP investigation into the strategic regulation of the fluency heuristic during recognition memory. Brain Research, 1442, 36-46.

Kurilla, B.P. (2011). Enhanced processing fluency leads to biases in source memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 1609-1631.

Kurilla, B.P. & Westerman, D.L. (2011). Inferential processes in subjective reports of recollection. In P.A. Higham & J.P. Leboe (Eds.), Constructions of Remembering and Metacognition: Essays in Honor of Bruce Whittlesea (pp. 79-90). Palgrave Macmillan.

Kurilla, B.P. & Westerman, D.L. (2010). Source memory for unidentified test items. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 398-410.

Kurilla, B.P. & Westerman, D.L. (2008). Processing fluency affects subjective claims of recollection. Memory and Cognition, 36, 82-92.

Kurilla, B.P. & Crawley, E.J. (2005). Inhibition of return across conditions of location- and object-based attention. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 10, 153-160.