Warren S. Brown

Director of the Lee Edward Travis Research Institute and Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical PsychologySchool of Psychology

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BA, Point Loma Nazarene University
MA, PhD, University of Southern California
Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA Brain Research Institute

Warren Brown has been at Fuller since 1982 and serves as director of the Travis Research Institute and professor of psychology. Currently, he is most actively involved in neuroscience research related to the cognitive and psychosocial disabilities in a congenital brain malformation called agenesis of the corpus callosum. Brown has also studied callosal function in dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease; and has done research on brain wave changes associated with aging and dementia, language comprehension, dialysis treatment for kidney disease, and attention deficits in schizophrenia.

Most recently, Brown and colleagues from other institutions have been involved in research into the psychology and neuroscience of exemplars of the virtues of compassion and generosity. This research has resulted in a $1.2 million grant from the Templeton Foundation (Love, Compassion, and Care: Virtue Science and Exemplarity in Real Life and in the Laboratory).

Brown has authored or coauthored over 75 scholarly articles in such peer-reviewed scientific journals as Neuropsychologia, Psychophysiology, Biological Psychiatry, Developmental Neuropsychology, Cortex, Nature Review Neuroscience, and Science; 15 chapters in edited scholarly books; and over 150 presentations at scientific meetings.

Brown has also written and lectured on the integration of neuroscience and Christian faith, and was principal editor and contributor to Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature (1998). He was also editor and contributor to Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science and Society (2000), and wrote (with Nancey Murphy) Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (2007). He is also coauthor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities of Human Nature (with Malcolm Jeeves, 2009) and The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church (with Brad Strawn, 2012).

Brown and his colleagues recently received a grant from the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences for interdisciplinary study on the nature of virtue. He is a past recipient of a prestigious National Institute of Mental Health Research Career Development Award, and a National Science Foundation Exchange of Scientists and Engineers Grant, as well as National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and U.S. Public Health Service research contracts and grants. He is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Scientific Affiliation, and a fellow of Divisions 6 and 40 of the American Psychological Association.

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Neuropsychology and psychophysiology (including study of cognitive deficits associated with pathology of the corpus callosum and the study of EEG potentials in mental activity and psychopathology), neuroscience and philosophy (i.e., free will, wisdom, and virtue), science and faith

Recent Publications

  • Brown, W. S., & Strawn, B. D. (2012). The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jeeves, M. A., & Brown, W. S. (2009). Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature. Radnor, PA: Templeton Press. Spanish translation: Neurociencia psicología y religión: Ilusiones, espejismos y realidades acerca de la naturaleza humana. España: Editorial Verbo Divino, 2010. Japanese translation: 脳科学とスピリチュアリティTokyo: Igaku-Shoin Ltd, 2011. Chinese translation: 神经科学、心理学与宗教 ——人性的迷幻和现实 Education Science Publishing House, 2014.
  • Murphy, N., & Brown, W. S. (2007). Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Brown, W. S. (Ed.). (2000). Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science, and Society. Radnor, PA: Templeton Press. Contributed chapter: “Wisdom and Human Neurocognitive Systems: Perceiving and Practicing the Laws of Life.”
  • Brown, W. S., Murphy, N., & Malony, H. N. (Eds.). (1998). Whatever Happened of the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. Contributed chapters: “Cognitive Contributions to Soul,” “Conclusions: Reconciling Scientific and Biblical Portraits of Human Nature.”
Articles and Chapters:
  • Brown, W.S., Van Slyke, J., and Garrels, S. “Internal or Situated Religiousness: A Girardian Solution,” P. Antonello, P. Gifford (eds), How We Became Human: Mimetic Theory and the Science of Evolutionary Origins (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2015), 402 pp. ISBN: 978-1-61186-173-0.
  • Brown, W.S. and Strawn, B.D. (2015) “Self-organizing Personhood: Complex Emergent Developmental Relational Neurophysiologicalism”. Joshua Ferris & Charles Taliaferro, eds., Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology.
  • Erickson, Roger L., Paul Lynn K., and Brown, Warren S. (2014) “Verbal Learning and Memory in Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum” Neuropsychologia. 60, 121–130.
  • Brown, W.S. (2014) “The Emergence of Human Distinctiveness.” In Michael Welker (ed.) The Depth of the Human Person: A Mulitdisciplinary Appoach. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • Garrels, S., Reimer, K.S., and Brown, W.S. (2013) “Redeeming Imitation: Virtue Formation by Mimetic Compassion in Communities” G.H. Stassen, R.L. Petersen, and T.A. Norton (eds) Formation for Life: Just Peacemaking & Twenty-First-Century Discipleship (Wipf & Stock Publishers, Inc.)
  • Brown, W.S., & Reimer, K.S. (2013). “Embodied Cognition, Character Formation, and Virtue.” Zygon 48(3), 832-845. DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2013.768536.
  • Strawn, B.D. & Brown, W.S. (2013). “Living with Evangelical Paradoxes” Religion, Brain, and Behavior. DOI:10.1080 /2153599X.2013.768536.
  • Strawn, B. D. & Brown, W. S. (2013). Liturgical animals: What psychology and neuroscience tell us about formation and worship. Liturgy, 28(4), 3-14.
  • Brown, W.S. (2012) “Neuroscience and Religion” and “Determinism and Free Will” In A. Truesdale, Ed., The Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press.
  • Jeeves, M.A. and Brown, W.S. (2012) “The Human Primate: A Quantum Leap” in J.W. van Huyssteen and K. Chamcham, eds., The Templeton Science and Religion Reader. Radnor, Penn: Templeton Press. [Chapter reproduced from: Jeeves and Brown (2009) Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature. Radnor, Penn: Templeton Press.]
  • Brown, W.S., Anderson, L., Symington, M. F. & Paul, L.K. (2012). “Decision-Making in Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: Expectancy Value in the Iowa Gambling Task” Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 27(5), 532-544.
  • Hinkley, L.B.N., Elysa J. Marco, Anne M. Findlay, Susanne Honma, Rita J. Jeremy, Zoe Strominger, Polina Bukshpun, Mari Wakahiro, Warren S. Brown, Lynn K. Paul, A. James Barkovich, Pratik Mukherjee, Srikantan S. Nagarajan, Elliott H. Sherr (2012) "The role of corpus callosum development in functional connectivity and cognitive processing" PLoS ONE. 10,1371.
  • Marco, E.J., Harrell, K.M., Brown, W.S., Hill, S.S., Jeremy, R.J., Kramer, J.H. Sherr, E.H., and Paul, L.K. (2012). “Processing speed delays contribute to executive function deficits in individuals with agenesis of the corpus callosum” Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 521-52.
  • Brown, W. S., Spezio, M.L., Reimer, K.S., Van Slyke, J. and Peterson, G. (2012) “Empirical Studies of Exemplary Virtue.” In Van Slyke, J., Peterson, G., Brown, W.S., Reimer, K., and Spezio, M. Theology and the Science of Moral Action: Virtue Ethics, Exemplarity, and Cognitive Neuroscience New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Reimer, K.S., Young, C., Birath, B., Spezio, M.L., Peterson, G., Van Slyke, J. and Brown, W. S. (2011) “Maturity is explicit: Self-importance of traits in humanitarian moral identity.” Journal of Positive Psychology. 7, 36-44.
  • Reimer, K.S., Young, C., Birath, B., Spezio, M.L., Peterson, G., Van Slyke, J. and Brown, W. S. (2011). “From Novice to Expert: Moral Prototype Knowledge in Humanitarian Self-Understanding.” Journal of Positive Psychology. 7, 36-44.
  • Brown, W.S., Garrels, S. and Reimer, K. (2011). “Mimesis and Compassion in Care for the Disabled” Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health. 15(4), 377-394.
  • Brown, W.S. and Strawn, B.D. (2011) “Human Bodies and Church Bodies: Spiritual Flourishing and Formation” in I. Noth, C. Morgenthaler, and K. J. Greider (eds) Pastoral Psychology and Psychology of Religion in Dialogue. Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer.
  • Brown, W.S. (2010) “Neuroscience of Religion,” The International Society for Science and Religion, Website http://www.issr.org.uk/neuroscience-of-religion.asp.
  • Brown, W.S., Marion, S.D., and Strawn, B. (2010) “Human Relationality, Spiritual Formation, and Wesleyan Communities.” In M.K. Armistead, B. Strawn, and R. Wright, Wesleyan Theology and Social Science: The Dance of Practical Divinity and Discovery. Cambridge University Press, 95-112.
  • Brown, W.S. (2010) “Nonreductive Human Uniqueness: Immaterial, Biological, or Psychosocial?” In Nancey Murphy and Christopher C. Knight (Eds). Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Religion. Farnham, Surrey, UK, 97-116.
  • Mueller, K.O., Marion, S. D., Paul, L.K., and Brown, W.S. (2010) “Bimanual Motor Coordination in Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum.” Behavioral Neuroscience. 123(5), 1000-1011.
  • Turk, A., Brown, W.S., Symington, M., and Lynn K. Paul, (2010) “Social Narratives in Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: Linguistic Analysis of the Thematic Apperception Test.” Neuropsychologia. 49, 43-50.
  • Symington, S.H., Brown, W.S., Symington, M., Ono, M., Paul, L.K. (2010) “Social Inference in Individuals with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum.” Social Neuroscience. 5, 296-308.

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