Kimberly Lewis Meidenbauer

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Peer-reviewed articles
Empirical | Methods | Review/Commentary

Schertz, K.E., Kotabe, H. P., Meidenbauer, K. L., Layden, E. A., Zhen, J., Bowman, J. E., Lakhtakia, T., Lyu, M., Paraschos, O. A., Janey, E. A., Samtani, A. L., Gehrke, K., Van Hedger, S. C., Vohs, S. D., & Berman, M. G. (2023). Nature’s path to thinking about the environment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 89, 102046. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2023.102046

Meidenbauer, K. L., Choe, K. W., Bakkour, A., Inzlicht, M., Meidenbauer, M. L., & Berman, M. G. (in press) Characterizing the role of impulsivity in costly, reactive aggression using a novel paradigm Behavior Research Methods. doi: 10.3758/s13428-023-02066-9

Meidenbauer, K. L.*, Niu, T.*, Choe, K. W., Stier, A. J., & Berman, M. G. Mouse movements reflect personality traits and task attentiveness in online experiments Journal of Personality, 00, 1–13. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12736 (*Authors contributed equally)

Zhuang, C.*, Meidenbauer, K. L.*,Kardan, O., Stier, A. J., Choe, K. W., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Huppert, T. J., & Berman, M. G. (2022) Scale Invariance in fNIRS as a Measurement of Cognitive Load. Cortex. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2022.05.009 (*Authors contributed equally)

Talen, E., Choe, K. W., Akcelik, G. N., Berman, M. G., & Meidenbauer, K. L. (2022). Street design preference: an on-line survey. Journal of Urban Design, 1–24. doi: 10.1080/13574809.2022.2066512

Meidenbauer, K. L., Choe, K. W., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Huppert, T.J., & Berman, M. G. (2021) Load-dependent Relationships between frontal fNIRS activity and Performance: A data-driven PLS approach NeuroImage, 230: 117795. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.117795

Berman, M.G., Stenfors, C.U.D., Schertz, K.E., & Meidenbauer, K. L. (2021). Response to “Conceptual replication study and meta-analysis suggest simulated nature does not reliably restore pure executive attention measured by the Attention Network Task.”. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 78, 101719. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101719

Meidenbauer, K. L., Stenfors, C. U. D., Bratman, G. N., Gross, J. J., Schertz, K. E., Choe, K. W., & Berman, M. G. (2020) The affective benefits of nature exposure: What’s nature got to do with it? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 72: 101498. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101498

Meidenbauer, K. L., Stenfors, C. U. D., Ingram, M. P., & Berman, M. G. (2019). A tablet-based task for assessing environmental preferences in children and adults. MethodsX, 6, 1901-1906. doi: 10.1016/j.mex.2019.08.002 (View experiment code on OSF)

Meidenbauer, K. L., Stenfors, C., Young, J., Layden, E. A., Schertz, K. E., Kardan, O., Decety, J., & Berman, M. G. (2019). The gradual development of the preference for natural environments. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 65. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101328

Meidenbauer, K. L., Cowell, J. M., & Decety, J. (2018). Children’s neural processing of moral scenarios provides insight into the formation and reduction of in-group biases. Developmental Science., e12676. doi: 10.1111/desc.12676

Decety, J., Meidenbauer, K. L., & Cowell, J. M. (2017). The development of cognitive empathy and concern in preschool children: A behavioral neuroscience investigation. Developmental Science, e12570. doi: 10.1111/desc.12570

Meidenbauer, K. L., Cowell, J. M., Killen, M., & Decety, J. (2016) A developmental neuroscience study of moral decision-making regarding resource allocation. Child Development, 89, 1177-1192. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12698

Decety, J., Lewis, K. L., & Cowell, J. M. (2015). Specific electrophysiological components distinguish affective sharing and empathic concern in psychopathy. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(1), 493-504. doi: 10.1152/jn.00253.2015

Lewis, K. L., Taubitz, L. E., Duke, M. W., Steuer, E. L., & Larson, C. L. (2015) State rumination enhances elaborative processing of negative material as evidenced by the late positive potential. Emotion, 15(6), 687-693. doi: 10.1037/emo0000095

Humphries, C., Sabri, M., Lewis, K. & Liebenthal, E. (2014). Hierarchical organization of auditory cortex in speech perception. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8:406. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00406

Sahni, P.S., Rajyaguru, C., Narain, K., Meidenbauer, K. L., Jyoti, K., Schonert-Reichl, K. A. (2022, June 17). Neural Dynamics of Nature Empathy in Children: An EEG/ERP study. (PsyArXiv preprint)
Book Chapters

Schertz, K. E.*, Meidenbauer, K. L.*, & Berman, M. G. (2021) Understanding the Affective Benefits of Interacting with Nature In E. Brymer, M. Rogerson, & J. Barton (Ed.) Nature, Physical Activity and Health London, UK: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003154419-2

Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Berman, M. G., & Meidenbauer, K. L. (2021) An Environmental Neuroscience Perspective on the Benefits of Nature. Proceedings from the 67th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation--Nature and Psychology.

Research Interests



Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Washington State University

Postdoc, University of Chicago, Department of Psychology (2020-2022)

Ph.D. in Psychology, Integrative Neuroscience Program, University of Chicago (2020)

M.A. in Psychology, Integrative Neuroscience Program, University of Chicago (2016)

B.A. in Psychology with Honors, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2012)

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I’m a social, cognitive, and environmental neuroscientist, and an Assistant Professor at Washington State University in the Department of Psychology and the Health Equity Research Center. I work on a variety of projects that address the broad question of “How does the physical environment affect our brains, our emotions, our cognitive functioning, and our social behaviors?” I love learning and developing new methods that I can use to study these questions, and am a huge proponent of open science practices!

In addition to my research, I greatly enjoy teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students! During my PhD program, I TA-ed for both psychology and public policy classes, and have since taught undergraduate courses on cognitive psychology, social psychology, and the psychology core course sequence at UChicago.

Outside of work, I love forcing encouraging my two cats to love me, biking and hiking, and endlessly listening to audiobooks and podcasts. Feel free to email me at or follow me on Twitter.