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Daniel R. Berry, Ph.D.

Daniel R. Berry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor CHABSS Psychology


Office: SBSB 3208

Daniel R. Berry, Ph.D.

I joined the psychology faculty at California State University San Marcos in the fall of 2017 after completing my Ph.D. in General Experimental Psychology (social concentration) at Virginia Commonwealth University. My program of research broadly focuses on how people respond to others in need and show kindness to one another. Specifically, I adopt a multimethod social cognitive and affective (neuro)science approach to examine the role of attention and deliberate cognitive processes (e.g., mindfulness meditation) in enhancing empathy and kindness. Alongside neuroscientific techniques, our lab uses diary measures and lab-based simulations to capture social behaviors in everyday life, and self-report methodologies.

  • Check out the "SAP Lab" tab to learn more about our program of research.
  • If you'd like to join the SAP Lab please check out the "People" tab to fill out an application!
  • Dr. Berry does not plan to interview prospective MA students for Fall 2022 enrollment

 

Education

2017 - Ph.D., General Experimental Psychology (social concentration), Virginia Commonwealth University (Dissertation)

2011 - M.A., Experimental Psychology, East Tennessee State University (Thesis)

2008 - B.S., Psychology, Christopher Newport University 

Research

Research Lab information coming soon.

Courses

course titles are hyperlinks to most recent syllabi

Vitae

My Current CV


 *denotes student trainee

Recent Publications:

Berry, D. R., *Hoerr, J. P., *Cesko, S., *Alayoubi, A., *Carpio, K., *Zirzow, H., *Walters, W., *Scram, G., *Rodriguez, K., *Beaver, V. (2020)., Does mindfulness training without explicit ethics-based instruction promote prosocial behaviors? A meta-analysisPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin[IF: 4.38] 

  • Press on Berry et al. (2020): PsyPost

Klein, R. A., Vianello, M., Hasselman, F., Adams, B. G., Adamns, R. B., Alper, S...(13th Author) Berry, D. R....Nosek, B. A., (2018). Many Labs 2: Investigating Variability in Replicability across Samples and SettingsAdvances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Sciences1(4), 443-490. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245918810225 [New Journal, No IF]

Berry, D. R., Cairo, A. H., Goodman, R. J., Quaglia, J. T., Green, J. D., & Brown, K. W. (2018). Mindfulness increases prosocial responses toward ostracized strangers through empathic concern. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 147(1), 93-112. doi: 10.1037/xge0000392 [IF: 4.91] 

Berry D. R., & Brown, K. W. (2017). Transcending separateness with presence: How mindfulness catalyzes intergroup harmony. In J. C. T. M. Karremans & E. Papies (eds.). Handbook of Mindfulness in Social Psychology. NY: Routledge

Brown, K. W., Berry, D. R., & Quaglia, J. T. (2016). The hypo-egoic expression of mindfulness in interpersonal life. In K. W. Brown & M. R. Leary (eds.). Oxford Handbook of Hypo-egoic ProcessesNY: Oxford University Press.


Conference Presentations:

Symposia and Talks 

Daniel Berry presenting

Berry, D. R., (Chair), & Kiken, L. (Co-Chair) (2018, May). Mindfulness and its training promote positive interpersonal outcomes. Symposium accepted to the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Berry, D. R., & Grajalva R. (2018, May). Mindfulness promotes intergroup prosociality. In D. R. Berry (Chair) & L. Kiken (Co-Chair), Mindfulness and its training promote positive interpersonal outcomes. Symposium accepted to the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Berry, D. R., & Brown, K. W. (2016, November). The inherent kindness of presence: Brief mindfulness training catalyzes prosocial responses across social lines. Paper presented at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, San Diego, CA, USA. 

Brown, K. W., & Berry, D. R. (2016, June). From me to we: The hypo-egoic expression of mindfulness insocial life. Symposium presented at the 6th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Brown, K. W., Berry, D. R., & Cairo, A. H. (2015, February). Mindfulness enhances empathy and prosociality toward victims of social exclusion. Symposium presented at the 16th Annual Meeting for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA, USA.

Berry, D. R., Colwell, K., & Sellers E. W.  (2012, September). Single-trial classification of error-potentialsincreases P300 brain-computer interface information transfer rate. Symposium presented at the 2012 Joint Annual Meeting of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neuroscience, Bristol, TN, USA.

Representative Posters

*Radloff, A. R., *Wall, C. S. J., *Johnston, J., & Berry, D. R. (March, 2018).  Mindfulness mediation training modulates electrocortical and behavioral indicators of interracial prosociality. Poster accepted to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Atlanta, GA, USA.

*Raldiris, T. L., Berry D. R., Brown, K. W., & Britton, W. B. (March, 2018). How do focused attention vs. open monitoring meditation training compare in emotion regulation effect? An Event-Related Potential study. Poster accepted to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Athlanda, GA, USA.

Berry, D. R., *Bustamante, D., & Brown., K. W. (November, 2017). Electroencephalographic evidence that mindfulness training dampens emotion sharing but increases approach orientation toward racial outgroup members’ distress. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C., USA.

*Armanyous, M., Brown, K. W., & Berry, D. R. (April, 2017). Dispositional mindfulness predictsinteracial helping behavior. Poster presented at the VCU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Richmond, VA, USA.

*Calfat, A., *Fields, C., *Schramm, J., *Lee, M., *Anderson, J., *Bustamante, D., *Curran, L., *Tubbs, J., Brown, Brown, K. W., & Berry, D. R. (April, 2017). Mindfulness dampens emotion sharing and promotes empathy in interracial contexts. Poster presented at the VCU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Richmond, VA, USA.

*Lytle, S., *Boparai, A., *Tubbs, J., Brown, K. W., & Berry, D. R. (April, 2017). Deconstructing division: Mindfulness meditation promotes in vivo helping behavior. Poster presented at the VCU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Richmond, VA, USA.

Moloney, J. M., Berry, D. R., & Green, J. D. (January, 2017). The impact of trait mindfulness on state shame and social self-esteem. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX, USA.  

*Wall C. J., *Plonski, P. E., Berry, D. R., & Brown K. W. (2016, April). Promoting prosocial responsiveness across racial divides through mindfulness. Poster presented at the VCU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Richmond, VA, USA.

*Tubbs, J. D., Berry, D. R., & Brown, K. W. (2016, April). Abating prejudice with presence:Dispositional mindfulness increases interracial helping behavior. Poster presented at the VCU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Richmond, VA, USA.

*Clements, S., Griffin, B. J., & Berry D. R., Garthe, R., Worthington, E. L., jr. (2016, April). Who intervenes in bullying situations? Mindfulness and the role it plays in bystander behavior. Poster presented at the VCU Undergraduate Research Symposium, Richmond, VA, USA.

Berry, D. R., Brown, K. W., Cairo, A. H., & *Plonski, P. E. (2015, October). Transcending social boundaries with presence: Brief mindfulness training increases prosocial responsiveness toward dissimilar others. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Conference for the Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists, Winston Salem, NC, USA.

Goodman, R. J., Brown., K. W., West, T. N., Quaglia, J. T., & Berry, D. R. (2015, September). Uncertainty during anticipation increases late positive potential amplitude elicited by unpleasant emotional stimuli. Poster presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

*Easter, R., Moloney, J. M., Berry, D. R., Konstantinou, N., Panagiotou, G., & Vrana, S. R. (2015, April). Attention and automatic facial processing in individuals with social anxiety. Poster presented at the VCU University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Richmond, VA, USA.

Berry, D. R., Hensel, A. K., Green, J. D., & Brown, K. W. (2014, April). Prosocial orientation in a state of present-centered attention: Mindfulness induction enhances empathy and affiliative behaviors toward victims of social exclusion. Poster presented at the Inaugural Meeting of the Society for Affective Science, Washington D.C., USA.

*Kumar, A. K., Berry, D. R., & Cairo, A. K. (2014, April). Mindfulness buffers exclusion related distress. Poster presented at the VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, Richmond, VA. 

SAP Lab

Welcome to the Social and Affective Psychophysiology Lab!   saplab

Our research program: Perspectives on the motivated naure of empathy and prosocial behavior are key to understanding the role of focused attention in prosocial responsiveness. Others' suffering is often painful to observe or may lead to cognitive, affective, or social costs for the self. So people downregulate their empathic reponses to others, for example, by diverting their attention away from empathy inducing stimuli or situations. Within this line of inquiry our lab addresses three research questions.

  • What is the role of focused attention in prosocial cognition and behavior? Our lab has several ongoing projects to address this question. (1) We are examining how empathy unfolds during the course of a social interaction through the lens of event-related potentials (an EEG marker).  Research assistants who are interested in this project will receive training in establishing and monitoring high quality EEG recording, deliver and design experimental protocols, and design computer software paradigms to elicit brain responses. (2) Our lab is interested in individual differences in life experiences with suffering and how this relates to upregulation or downregulation of empathy. (3) We also conduct several experiments on self-regulation technique in focused attention called mindfulness meditation. These latter two research questions are addressed via experiments conducted remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and research assistants will receive training in delivery and design of experimental protocols and recruiting participants. 

  • Can mindfulness enhance intergroup empathy?  People often downregulate their empathy for and give less help to social outgroup members in need than ingroup members. Our research program has several ongoing projects that aim to address if and how a focused attention form of mindfulness meditation can upregulate empathy toward social outgroup members (e.g., racial, ethnic, and political). Research assistants who are interested in this line of inquiry will be trained on delivering (remotely) and designing experimental protocols, as well as participant recruitment. 
  • Improving research methods in the science of mindfulness. Research on mindfulness meditation has grown exponentially over the last 20 years, and scientists are now beginning to test the potential of mindfulness to promote interpersonal wellbeing outcomes. Our lab examines the quality of the science that is being conducted on mindfulness and interpersonal wellbeing. Research assistants will be trained in performing literature searches, coding empirical manuscripts, assessing risk of bias in studies, and developing protocols for meta-science projects. 

Research assistants and graduate students are included at all stages of the research process. Dr. Berry encourages graduate students and research assistants to form their own programmatic interests. Research questions on social cognitive and affective neuroscience, prosocial emotion and behaviors, mindfulness training and other forms of deliberate attention, intergroup processes, and meta-science are all encouraged!

People

Lab Members:

The SAP Lab is fortunate to have a dedicated, hard-working research team, and we are looking to expand! Scroll down for more details on applying to the lab, but first read about our team.

Graduate Students:

  • Larry Boman: Larry is a fourth-year Psychological Science MA student. He graduated with his BA in Psychology from CSU Channel Islands. He is interested in existential psychology, and is studying the effects of hypoegoic states on the deleterious cosequences of mortality salience. 
  • Jonathan Hoerr: Jonathan is a fourth-year Psychological Science MA student. He graduated with a BA in Psychological Science from CSUSM in 2017. He is interested in studying whether state mindfulness interacts with psychological traits to promote personal and social welfare.
  • Katie RodriguezKatie is a second-year Psychological Science MA student. She earned her BA in Psychological Science from CSUSM in Spring 2020. She is interested if structural manipulations that support equity can amplify the effects of mindfulness on intergroup empathy. 
  • Kaylee Ryan: Kaylee is a first-year Psychologoical Science MA student. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2020. She is interested in relationship between mindfulness and pro-environmental behavior. 

Research Assistants

  • Kiara Carmon: Kiara is a recent Psychology Science graduate from CSUSM. Her interests are in positive psychology and she intends to build confidence and further refine her research skills before applying to graduate school.
  • Kate Delos Reyes: Kate is in her final semester at CSUSM and plans to pursue her Master's to become an MFT.
  • Danny Doyle: Danny is in his final semester of his bachelors in Psychological Science at CSUSM, and plans to pursue graduate study in social psychology.
  • Anna Espinoza: Fall 2021 is Anna's first semester in the SAP Lab.
  • LaHiram Glenn: LaHiram is  a Post-Baccalaureate student specializing in Pre-Health. She graduated in Spring 2021 with a BA in Psychological Science from CSUSM. After completing her post-bacc, she plans to go to medical school to train as a psychiatrist. Her alternative plan is to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology so she can treat others who suffer from mental illnesses. She is interested in multiple research areas such as social psychology, cultural psychology, neuroscience, and mental illnesses. She hopes to gain research experience through this lab and make meaningful connections along the way.
  • Jessah Goldner: Jessah is a Psychological Science major, Biology minor, and a TRIO McNair Scholar graduating in the Spring of 2022. She enjoys studying the brain and the neural mechanisms that underlie behavior, namely neurobehavioral disorders. She plans on continuing her research experience in the SAP Lab and working towards pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Andrew Hong: Andrew is currently an undergraduate senior who plans to graduate in Fall 2021 with a BA in Psychological Science. He plans on pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) psychology after graduation.
  • Andrea Resendiz: Andrea graduated from CSUSM in Fall 2020 with a BS in Kinesiology and a double minor in Spanish and Psychological Science. She is planning to pursue her MA in Psychology and eventually her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience. She hopes to gain research experience through the SAP Lab.
  • Shaelyn Rusnak: Shaelyn is currently an undergraduate student earning her BA in Human Development and minor in Psychology. She plans to continue on to graduate school to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.
  • William Silvar: William earned his BA in Psychological Science from CSUSM in Fall 2020 and desires to pursue a Ph.D in Neuroscience. His goal involves researching depression and anxiety among the minority populations
  • Brittany Stanek: Fall 2021 is Brittany's first semester in the SAP Lab.
  • Karissa Tran: Karissa is a second-year student who plans to graduate in Spring 2024 with a BA in Psychological Science. She intends to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology upon graduating, allowing her to fulfill her long-term goal of having a career as a clinical scientist who specializes in researching the treatment of anxiety as well as obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.
  • Adam Vernetti: Adam earned his BA in Psychological Science from CSUSM in 2021. He aspires to continue his education in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology and severe mental illness.
  • Devanshi Upadhyaya: Devanshi  is an international student entering her 4th year of undergraduate study in Psychological Science. Upon graduation, she aims to pursue her master’s and eventually a doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology. She has a keen interest in conducting research in the field of Social Psychology and hopes to learn more about it at the SAP Lab.

 Former SAP Lab Trainees

  • Amir Alayoubi: PhD Student, Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neuroscience Program, Colorado State University 
  • Pearl Basaldua: MA student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, University of San Diego
  • Daniel Brock: MA Student, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, CSU San Bernardino
  • Selena Cesko: M.Ed Student, Education, Colorado State University
  • Catalina Kuenzi: PsyD Student, Alliant University School of Professional Psychology
  • Anthony Musick: MA Student, Counseling, Pacifica
  • Theresa Ngan Nguyen: MA student, Psychology, San Diego State University
  • Itzia Plascencia: PsyD Student, Alliant University School of Professional Psychology
  • Claudia Salzar: MA Student, Aging Services Management, University of Southern California, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
  • Gin Tasulis: MA, Psychological Science at CSUSM; Lecturer CSUSM and Palomar College
  • Kimber Thurman: BA, Psychological Science (Anthropology Minor)
  • Gianni Voytilla: MA Student, Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University
  • Wesley Walters: MS Student, Counseling Psychology, CSU East Bay
  • Daisy Zavala: PhD Student, Social and Health Psychology, Stony Brook University
  • Hannah Zirzow: JD Student, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California

Former Trainees

  • Daniel Bustamante, PhD. Student, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
  • Savannah Clements, Student, Teachers College of Columbia University
  • Tyler Henderson, PhD Student, I-O Psychology, South Florida University
  • Danielle Parada, PhD, 2020, Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University
  • Paul E. Plonski, MA, 2018, Psychological Science, Northern Arizon University; PhD Student, Social Psychology, Tufts University
  • Caroline Smith, PhD Student, Anthropology, Washington State University
  • Justin Tubbs, PhD Student, Behavioral Genetics and Biostatistics, University of Hong Kong
  • Donald Tweedie, MA, Human Factors, George Mason University
  • Catherine Wall, PhD Student, Virginia Commonwealth University

Join Us:

Graduate Students: Dr. Berry generally accepts one or two graduate students each academic year. However, he does not plan to interview graduate students for Fall 2022 entry into the MA program in Psychololgical Science. Qualities of a successful student include a commitment to conducting careful research on one or more of the following topics: mindfulness, empathy, compassion, prosociality, intergroup relations, social neuroscience, social threat. Background in EEG/ERP and Matlab (or other programming language) is a plus! Prospective students may find this information about our graduate program helpful when applying. Please contact Dr. Berry directly (drberry@csusm.edu) for more information about graduate study in the SAP Lab.

Research Assistants: The SAP Lab is committed to the education and training of undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students; we depend heavily upon your hard work to complete lab studies. Our current research is focused on the role of deliberate attention in empathy and kindness. We use a multimethod approach in the lab to research these topics including EEG, behavioral, daily diary, and subjective responses. Getting involved as a volunteer or PSYC 498/499 student is a great way to see if psychological science is the right career path for you. As part of your training, we host workshops to help you gain admission into psychology graduate programs, medical school, and other professional training programs. The SAP Lab accepts new researchers each semester and carries between 10 - 15 students in total. Each research assistant is given the opportunity to help with 1 - 2 projects a semester, and are offered a variety of tasks to choose from. Students can serve as experimenters, record and process psychophysiological (EEG) data, code and analyze data, conduct literature searches and related tasks for meta-analyses, and even design and lead their own studies. If you are interested in the lab, please apply!.

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