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?
Berry, D., Cairo, A., Quaglia, J., Goodman, R.J., Green, J.D. & Brown, K.W. (2018). Mindfulness increases prosocial responses toward ostracized strangers through empathic concern. Journal of Experimental Psychology – General, 147, 93-112.
Lindsay, E.K., Young, S., Smyth, J.M., Brown, K.W., & Creswell, J.D. (2018). Acceptance lowers stress reactivity: Dismantling mindfulness training in a randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology,87, 63-73.
Brown, K.W. & Leary, M.R. (Eds., 2016). Oxford Handbook of Hypo-egoic Phenomena. New York: Oxford University Press.
Brown, K. W., Creswell, J. D., & Ryan, R. M. (Eds.) (2015). Handbook of mindfulness: Theory, research, and practice. New York: Guilford.
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.
- Full publication list [Website]
- Introduction to Psychology, undergraduate level
- Statistics for Psychological Research, graduate level
- Research Methods in Social Psychology, graduate level
- Multilevel Modeling, graduate level
Mindfulness meditation training and loneliness in older adults. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, J.D. Creswell). 2015-2020. National Institutes of Health, $2,204,410.
The effects of mindfulness training on neural activation to incentive delay: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Principal Investigator. 2015-2018. Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging, Virginia Commonwealth University, $20,000.
Mindfulness as a buffer against peer exclusion-related distress. Co-Principal Investigator. 2015-2018. 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.
Creating and optimizing mindfulness measures to enhance and normalize clinical evaluation (COMMENCE). 2017-2022. Consultant (Principal Investigators, D. Victorson, C. Greco). National Institutes of Health, $3,717,633.
Depression and insulin resistance in adolescents. Consultant (Principal Investigator, L. Shumaker). 2013-2016. National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, $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