Nick Byrd

Assistant Professor

School: College of Arts and Letters



  • PhD (2020) Florida State University (Philosophy)
  • Other (2019) Florida State University (Preparing Future Faculty – Graduate Certificate)
  • MA (2014) University of Colorado, Boulder (Philosophy)
  • Other (2013) University of Colorado at Boulder (Cognitive Science – Graduate Certificate)
  • BA (2009) Palm Beach Atlantic University (Philosophy)
  • Other (2009) Palm Beach Atlantic University (Biblical Studies – Minor)

intuition, reflection, critical thinking, (de)polarization, belief systems, bias, ethics, religion, politics, decision science, judgment and decision-making, experimental philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, well-being, digital technology

General Information

Byrd’s research explores the arguments and evidence about how differences in reasoning relate to differences in beliefs, judgments, decisions, and well-being.

Professional Service
  • Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Educational Research and Reviews, Ergo, Erkenntnis, National Science Foundation, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophies, Review of Philosophy and Psychology, Synthese, WIRES Cognitive Science. Reviewer.
Consulting Service

2021 | Advised John Templeton Funded project “Humble Self-reliance in Reasoning and Belief” PIs James Beebe, Jonathan Matheson, and Joshua Wilt about how to encourage and measure reflective reasoning among research participants.

2021 | Consulted with Spring Hill College Philosophy Department about testing whether philosophy coursework improves critical thinking abilities.


2021 – Present | Assistant Professor & Intelligence Community Fellow, Stevens Institute of Technology
2020 – 2021 | Fellow, Intelligence Community Research Fellowship Program, Carnegie Mellon University

Honors and Awards

2021 | Summer Seminar in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) & Fellowship ($1000)
2020 | Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Materials Grant ($250). Florida State University’s Center for Undergraduate Research & Academic Engagement.
2019 | 1st Place in Poster Competition ($150), Conference of Florida Graduate Schools.
2019 | Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award ($1,000), Florida State University
2017 | Dissertation Research Grant ($1000), Florida State University Graduate School
2009 | Outstanding Graduate of Philosophy, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Professional Societies
  • APA – American Psychological Association Member
  • SPSP – Society for Personality and Social Psychology Member
  • SPP – Society for Philosophy and Psychology Member
  • NRM – Network for Research on Morality Member
  • SSPP – Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology Member
  • APA – American Philosophical Association Member
  • ASPP – Australasian Society for Philosophy & Psychology Member
Grants, Contracts, and Funds

2022 – 2024 “Religiosity & Reflection Across Cultures”. Massive, pre-registered replication and extension of cross-cultural reflection-philosophy correlations. Co-PIs: Steve Stich & Justin Sytsma. ($246,403)

2021 – 2022 “A Beginner’s Guide to Neural Mechanism”. A free, online, introductory video series for teachers and students of philosophy, neuroscience, and their intersections via the Summer Seminar for Philosophy and Neuroscience. Co-PIs: Fabrizio Calzavarini, Zina Ward, Raphael Gerraty, Shadab Tabatabaeian. ($30,000)

2020 – 2022 “Reducing Belief-Driven Thinking”. Intelligence Community Research Program via US Office of the Director of National Intelligence and US Department of Energy. Advised by Simon Cullen, Ashley Lytle, and Steve Rieber. ($194,000)

Patents and Inventions

Cullen, S., Chapkovski, P., & Byrd, N. Experiments In Reflective Equilibrium Using The Socrates Platform.

Selected Publications
Book Chapter
  1. Byrd, N. (2021). Online Conferences: Some History, Methods, and Benefits. Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene (pp. 435-462). Open Book Publishers.
  2. Byrd, N. (2020). Causal Network Accounts of Ill-Being: Depression & Digital Well-Being. Ethics of Digital Well-Being: A Multidisciplinary Approach (pp. 221-245).
Journal Article
  1. Byrd, N. (2021). On Second Thought, Libet-style Unreflective Intentions May Be Compatible With Free Will. Logoi (23 ed., vol. 39, pp. 17-28).
  2. Byrd, N.; Białek, M. (2021). Your Health vs. My Liberty: Philosophical beliefs dominated reflection and identifiable victim effects when predicting public health recommendation compliance. Cognition (vol. 212).
  3. Byrd, N.; Conway, P. (2019). Not all who ponder count costs: Arithmetic reflection predicts utilitarian tendencies, but logical reflection predicts both deontological and utilitarian tendencies. Cognition (vol. 192).
  4. Byrd, N. (2019). What we can (and can’t) infer about implicit bias from debiasing experiments. Synthese (2 ed., vol. 198, pp. 1427-1455).

Philosophy of Mind
Cognitive Science
Business Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Philosophy