Bethany Kok holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Degree in Psychology, Statistics, and Computer Science from St. Olaf College. Her peer-reviewed publications on the science of meditation appear in leading scientific journals including Psychological Science, Science Advances, and JAMA Psychiatry, and her award-winning thesis work has been covered by The Economist and Scientific American. Bethany studied comparative meditation as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences before leaving academia for the private sector in 2017.
- Influences of Oxytocin and Respiratory Sinus Arrythmia on Emotions and Social Behavior in Daily Life
- Effects of Contemplative Dyads on Engagement and Perceived Social Connectedness Over 9 Months of Mental Training: A Randomized Clinical Trial
- Specific Reduction in Cortisol Stress Reactivity After Social But Not Attention-Based Mental Training
- 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
- Helping From the Heart: Voluntary Upregulation of Heart Rate Variability Predicts Altruistic Behavior