2008 - B.S., Psychology, Christopher Newport University
I joined the psychology faculty at California State University San Marcos in the fall of 2017 after completing my Ph.D. in social psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. My program of research adopts a multiple methodologies approach to understand the role of attention and awareness in social well-being. My most recent projects examine how mindfulness training enhances empathy and prosociality. I address these questions through lab-based and diary indicators of in vivo social behavior and through the lens of psychophysiology (i.e., EEG/ERP).
2008 - B.S., Psychology, Christopher Newport University
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Berry, D. R., *Hoerr, J. P., *Cesko, S., *Alayoubi, A., *Carpio, K., *Zirzow, H., *Walters, W., *Scram, G., *Rodriguez, K., *Beaver, V. (in press)., Does mindfulness training without explicit ethics-based instruction promote prosocial behaviors? A meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. [IF: 2.603, 5-year IF: 3.557]
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 Settings. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Sciences, 1(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: 3.498, 5-year IF: 5.301]
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 Processes. NY: Oxford University Press.
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.
*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.
Our research program: Mindfulness has a number of definitions, but most converge to suggest that it is a receptive quality of attention to what one is presently experiencing. The SAP Lab implements a social and affective neuroscience approach to studying the wholesome social outgrowths of mindfulness and its training. Within this line of inquiry we have a number of research foci.
Does mindfulness training promote prosocial responsiveness toward others? Kindness begins by paying attention to others in need, and contemplative traditions have long regarded mindfulness and related forms of mental training as promoters of virtuous behavior. Recent research from multiple labs that use secularized derviations of these trainings shows them to predict prosocial behaviors. Little is known, however, about what ingredients in these trainings promote prosociality. For example, some trainings include explicit instruction intended to cultivate compassion and care for others, making it difficult to isolate the effects of mindfulness itself. To address this question, we are conducting a meta-analysis that asks does mindfulness training without ethics-laden instruction promote prosocial behaviors? Related to this, recent work that Dr. Berry conducted while a graduate student suggests that short-term (4-day) mindfulness training, relative to sham-mindfulness medtiation training, increases real-world helping behavior toward racial outgroup members. This is important because despite our best efforts to promote intergroup harmony, interracial helping behavior continues to lag behind that directed twoard racial ingroup members.
Other ongoing lines of inquiry include.
Dr. Berry encourages his graduate students and research assistants to form their own programmatic interests. Research questions on social and affective neuroscience, prosocial emotions and behaviors, mindfulness and its training, hypo-egoic phenomena, intergroup processes and relations, and stress resiliency are encouraged!
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: Dr. Berry generally accepts one or two graduate students each academic year. He plans to interview graduate students and may accept as many as one new student for Fall 2020 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about graduate study in the SAP Lab.
Research Assistants: The SAP Lab is committed to the education and training of bright, motivated undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students; we depend heavily upon your hard work to complete lab studies. Our current research is focused on how practicing mindfulness can lead to more wholesome social relationships with others, particularly by promoting 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 - 20 students in total. Each research assistant given opportunity to help conduct 2 to 4 research projects a semester, and are offered a variety of tasks to choose from. Students can serve as experimenters, record and manipulate psychophysiological data, code and analyze data, conduct literature searches for meta-analyses, and even design and lead their own studies. If you are interested in the lab, please apply!.