The Dynamic Brain & Mind Lab (Kucyi Lab) is in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

We study how the brain self-organizes its activity to give rise to the mind. Our major research focus is on the neural basis of subjective experiences that occur during spontaneous thought, mind-wandering and rumination. These types of inner experience occupy up to half of a person's typical waking life and have a major impact on mental health. With an improved understanding of the variability in mental life across different individuals, we aim to facilitate development of personalized approaches to promote wellbeing.

We use a variety of techniques in human neuroscience, including functional MRI (fMRI), intracranial electroencephalography (iEEG), and scalp EEG. We conduct studies with healthy individuals and various clinical populations. Current projects involve simultaneous EEG-fMRI, real-time fMRI, experience sampling paradigms, and computational analyses of brain network data.

Lab News

  • January 2023: We have been awarded a new R21 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health: "Real-time fMRI for insular cortex brain state-triggered experience sampling."

  • October 2022: The lab has been awarded a Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. This grant will support new research on brain network dynamics, mind-wandering, and neuromodulation.

  • September 2022: The lab is so excited to join the Psychological & Brain Sciences department, the Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences program and the wider community at Drexel University!