Bethany E. Kok, Ph.D.

Department of Social Neuroscience
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Office C329
Stephanstrasse 1A
Leipzig, Germany 04103

I am a postdoctoral researcher and statistical consultant in the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. I conducted my graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab.

My research explores the intertwined relationships that link physiological processes and social behavior, as described by the socio-autonomic spiral model of social connection.

My statistical work is conducted primarily in R with a focus on visualizing and analysing hierarchical and complex datasets.

Recent publications

Kok, B.E. & Singer, T. (2016). Phenomenological fingerprints of four meditations: Differential state changes in affect, mind-wandering, meta-cognition, and interoception before and after daily practice across 9 months of training. Mindfulness, 1-14.

Bornemann, B., Kok, B.E., Boeckler, A. & Singer, T. (2016). Helping from the heart: Voluntary upregulation of heart rate variability predicts altruistic behavior. Biological Psychology, 119, 54-63.

Lumma, A-L., Kok, B.E. & Singer, T. (2015). Is meditation always relaxing? Investigating heart rate, heart rate variability, experienced effort and likeability during training of three types of meditation. International Journal of Physiophysiology, 97(1), 38-45.

Kok, B.E. & Fredrickson, B.L. (2015). Evidence for the Upward Spiral stands steady: A response to Heathers, Brown, Coyne, and Friedman (2015). Psychological Science, 26(7), 1144-1146.

Pek, J., Chalmers, R.P., Kok, B.E. & Losardo, D. (2015). Visualizing confidence bands for semiparametrically estimated nonlinear relations among latent variables. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 40, 402-423.

Kok, B.E., Coffey, K.A., Cohn, M.A., Catalino, L.I., Vacharkulksemsuk, T., Algoe, S., Brantley, M. & Fredrickson, B. L. (2013). How positive emotions build physical health: Perceived positive social connections account for the upward spiral between positive emotions and vagal tone. Psychological Science, 24(7), 1123-1132. Supplemental material. Public access data available as part of the Open Science Framework.