Kyle Nash

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept



Previously, I held a Lecturer position (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury (2015-2017). I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Bern and the University of Basel in the Social Neuroscience lab of Dr. Daria Knoch (2012-2015). I received my PhD in 2012 in Social Psychology and a Neuroscience graduate diploma at York University under the supervision of Dr. Ian McGregor. I received my BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 2006.


My research is grounded in the neuropsychology of motivation and goal-regulation. People feel distress when two goals or impulses come into conflict. Distress promotes disengagement from the conflicted goal and subsides when a viable goal is pursued or the conflict is actively resolved. Goals focused on moving towards positive outcomes (i.e., approach-motivated goals) are particularly effective at regulating distress. Approach-motivated goals initiate a kind of ‘tunnel-vision’ or focus that increases the salience of rewarding stimuli and decreases the salience of irrelevant, potentially obstructive stimuli. Conflict may also be resolved through self-control—the process in which thoughts, emotions, or impulses are inhibited to pursue a more focal goal.

From this perspective, I investigate the interface between basic neural, motivational, and affective mechanisms with personal convictions, social decision-making, and intergroup behaviors. I currently have four related lines of research. First, I examine individual differences in distress and conflict. Second, I examine social decision-making and self-control. Third, I examine individual differences in intergroup bias. Fourth, I examine the neuropsychology of threat and ideological convictions. 


PSYCO 241 - Social Psychology

A survey of theories and research on the individual in a social context. Prerequisites: PSYCO 104 or SCI 100, and PSYCO 105 or equivalent. Note: PSYCO 241 and SOC 241 may not both be taken for credit. [Faculty of Arts]

Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
PSYCO 403 - Recent Advances in Experimental Psychology: Models and Theories

Discussion of advanced concepts and theories developed by selected fields within experimental psychology. The course will examine the relation between theory and data in these fields. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or 151 or 161 or SCI 151 and a 300-level PSYCO course. Students must check with the Department for the topics for the year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Science]

Winter Term 2022

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Clocking the social mind by identifying mental processes in the IAT with electrical neuroimaging
Author(s): Bastian Schiller, Lorena RR Gianotti, Thomas Baumgartner, Kyle Nash, Thomas Koenig, Daria Knoch
Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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Group-focused morality is associated with limited conflict detection and resolution capacity: Neuroanatomical evidence
Author(s): Kyle Nash, Thomas Baumgartner, Daria Knoch
Publication: Biological psychology
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Individual differences in inhibitory control—Relationship between baseline activation in lateral PFC
Author(s): Bastian Schiller, Lorena RR Gianotti, Kyle Nash, Daria Knoch
Publication: Cerebral Cortex
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Muted neural response to distress among securely attached people
Author(s): Kyle Nash, Mike Prentice, Jacob Hirsh, Ian McGregor, Michael Inzlicht
Publication: Social cognitive and affective neuroscience
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Neural signatures of different behavioral types in fairness norm compliance
Author(s): Lorena RR Gianotti, Kyle Nash, Thomas Baumgartner, Franziska M Dahinden, Daria Knoch
Publication: Scientific Reports
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Neuroanatomy of intergroup bias: A white matter microstructure study of individual differences
Author(s): Thomas Baumgartner, Kyle Nash, Christopher Hill, Daria Knoch
Publication: NeuroImage
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