Nick Byrd

Assistant Professor

School: College of Arts and Letters

Email: nbyrd@stevens.edu

Website

Education
  • 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)
Research

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.

Appointments

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.
    https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0213.28.
  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).
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50585-1_11.
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).
    https://revistasenlinea.saber.ucab.edu.ve/index.php/logoi/article/view/5025.
  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).
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2021.104649.
  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).
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.06.007.
  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).
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02128-6.
Courses

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