Bethany E. Kok, Ph.D.

I am Lead Data Scientist at EmpowerTheUser. 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 data science work is conducted primarily in Python with a focus on NLP.

Recent publications

Isgett, S.F., Kok, B.E., Baczkowski, B.M., Algoe, S.B., Grewen, K.M. & Fredrickson, B.L. (2017). Influences of oxytocin and respiratory sinus arrhythmia on emotions and social behavior in daily life. Emotion, 17(8), 1156-1165.

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.

Engert, V., Kok, B. E., Papassotiriou, I., Chrousos, G. P. & Singer, T. (2017). Specific reduction in cortisol stress reactivity after social but not attention-based mental training. Science Advances.

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.