Kirk Brown, Ph.D.
808 W Franklin, rm 202
Fellow, Society of Experimental Social Psychology
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
Academic Editor, PLOS ONE
Implicit in many approaches to the enhancement of well-being is the importance of becoming aware of ones cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and social ecological circumstances. My research examines the role of attention and awareness, and specifically mindfulness, in self-regulation and psychological, physical and social well-being. More broadly, I am interested in the study of consciousness and its role in human functioning. Conducted in both laboratory and naturalistic settings, my research program addresses both theoretical and applied issues.
- What helps us express compassion toward people for whom we may not otherwise feel concern?
- Do mindful people show less defensiveness when their sense of self is threatened by a confrontation with their own mortality?
- Are mindful people better at regulating their emotions?
Brown, K. W., Creswell, J. D., & Ryan, R. M. (Eds.) (2015). Handbook of mindfulness: Theory, research, and practice. New York: Guilford.
Brown, K .W., Coogle, C., & Wegelin, J. (2015). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for caregivers of family members with early stage dementia. Aging and Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1065790
Quaglia, J. T., Goodman, R. J., & Brown, K. W. (2015). Trait mindfulness predicts efficient top-down attention to and discrimination of facial expressions. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12167
Kirk, U., Brown, K. W., & Downer, J. (2015). Adaptive neural reward processing during anticipation and receipt of monetary rewards in mindfulness meditators. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 752-759.
Brown, K. W., Goodman, R., & Inzlicht, M. (2013). Dispositional mindfulness and the attenuation of neural responses to emotional stimuli. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8, 93-99.
- Full publication list [PDF]
- Introduction to Psychology, undergraduate level
- Research Methods in Social Psychology, graduate level
- Statistics for Psychological Research I, graduate level
- Positive Psychology, graduate level
The effects of mindfulness training on neural activation to incentive delay: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Principal Investigator. 2015-2017. Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging, Virginia Commonwealth University, $20,000.
Mindfulness as a buffer against peer exclusion-related distress. Co-Principal Investigator.
2015-2017. University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center, $11,000.
Using mindfulness meditation training to transform social relationships among lonely older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, J.D. Creswell). 2014-2016. 1440 Foundation, $20,000.
Depression and insulin resistance in adolescents. Consultant (Principal Investigator, L. Shumaker). 2013-2016. National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), 5R00HD069516-05, $994,193.
Recent Sponsored Student Grants
Berry, D. (K. W. B Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: Bridging the empathy gap: Effects of brief mindfulness training on helping out-group members in need.2014-2016.p
Goodman, R. J. (K. W. B. Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: The effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on episodic and prospective memory function in aging adults. 2013-2016.p
Quaglia, J. T. (K. W. B. Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: From intra- to inter-personal: Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on emotion regulation in social contexts. 2013-2016.
Cordon, S. L. (K. W. B. Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: Mindful interactions: Effects on couple conflict-related stress and relationship functioning. 2010-2013.
- Mindfulness training leads to kindness toward socially ostracized strangers, VCU study finds
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology profiles Brown