Bethany E. Kok, Ph.D.

I am a data scientist and statistical consultant. In the past, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher 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 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. (2017). Effects of contemplative dyads on engagement and perceived social connectedness over 9 months of mental training: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry.

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.