About Me

Aaron Kucyi, PhD


I am a neuroscientist currently appointed as Principal Research Scientist within the Department of Psychology at Northeastern University. I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto (2014) and trained further as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital (2014-2016) and Stanford University (2016-2019), supported by a Banting Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


My research addresses the fundamental question of how spontaneous thoughts—such as mind wandering and rumination—arise from the coordinated, dynamic activity across networks within the human brain. The goal of this research is to understand, and predict, how brain function gives rise to adaptive and maladaptive patterns of spontaneous thoughts that occur in daily life. My work involves various human neuroscience techniques, including functional MRI (fMRI), intracranial EEG (iEEG), and peripheral physiology, and spans healthy and clinical populations.


I can be contacted at a.kucyi@northeastern.edu and @neuroperson on Twitter.