- 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
Byrd’s research explores the arguments and evidence about how differences in reasoning relate to differences in beliefs, judgments, decisions, and well-being.
- 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.
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
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
- 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
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)
Cullen, S., Chapkovski, P., & Byrd, N. Experiments In Reflective Equilibrium Using The Socrates Platform.
- 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.
- Byrd, N. (2020). Causal Network Accounts of Ill-Being: Depression & Digital Well-Being. Ethics of Digital Well-Being: A Multidisciplinary Approach (pp. 221-245).
- Byrd, N. (2021). On Second Thought, Libet-style Unreflective Intentions May Be Compatible With Free Will. Logoi (23 ed., vol. 39, pp. 17-28).
- 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).
- 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).
- 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
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Philosophy