Natalie Shook, PhD (PI)

Associate Professor


Research Interests

The goal of my research is to understand the cognitive and affective processes underlying attitude formation and change, as well as how attitudes guide behavior. To do this, I examine attitudes across a variety of domains from psychological well-being to physical health to social attitudes (e.g., political ideology, prejudice). In particular, I am interested in cognitive and affective negativity biases.

There are four general lines of research in my lab:
1) I study the cognitive negativity biases underlying depression and anxiety, as well as the role mindfulness may play in reducing these negativity biases.
2) I examine the disease-avoidance function of disgust and the role of disgust in shaping health behaviors.
3) I study the use of mindfulness practice in managing pain and increasing preventative health behaviors.
4) I examine the extent to which affective and cognitive processes change across the lifespan and the consequences of these changes for emotional well-being.


Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2007

Recent Publications

Delaney, R. K., Strough, J., Shook, N. J., Ford, C. G., & Lemaster, P. (in press). Don’t risk it. Older adults perceive fewer future opportunities and avoid social risk taking. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development.

Wilson, J., Weiss, A., & Shook, N. J. (2020). Mindfulness, self-compassion, and savoring: Factors that explain the relation between perceived social support and well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 152.

Shook, N. J., Thomas, R., & Ford, C. G. (2019). Testing the relation between disgust and avoidance behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 150.

Sevi, B., Altman, N., Ford, C. G., & Shook, N. J. (2019). To kneel or not to kneel: Right-wing authoritarianism predicts attitudes toward NFL kneeling protests. Current Psychology.

Shook, N. J., Delaney, R. K., Strough, J., Wilson, J., Sevi, B., & Altman, N. (2019). Playing it safe: Dispositional mindfulness partially accounts for age differences in health and safety risk-taking propensity. Current Psychology.

Oosterhoff, B., Shook, N. J., & Iyer, R. (2018). Disease avoidance and personality: A meta-analysis. Journal of Research in Personality, 77, 47-56.

Hernandez, P. R., Hopkins, P. D., Masters, K., Holland, L., Mei, B. M., Richards-Babb, M., Quedado, K., & Shook, N. J. (2018). Student integration into STEM careers and culture: A longitudinal examination of summer faculty mentors and project ownership. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 17, 1-14.

Ford, C. G., & Shook, N. J. (2018). Negative cognitive bias and perceived stress: Independent mediators of the relation between mindfulness and emotional distress. Mindfulness, 10, 100-110.

Kiken, L. G., Shook, N. J., Robins, J. L., & Clore, J. N. (2018). Association between mindfulness and interoceptive accuracy in patients with diabetes: Preliminary evidence from blood glucose estimates. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 36, 90-92.

Oosterhoff, B., Shook, N. J., & Metzger, A. (2018). A Matter of fact? Adolescents’ informational assumptions about crime, laws, and authority and their domain-specific beliefs about punishment. Journal of Adolescence, 62, 87-95.

Costello, A. H., Shook, N. J., Wallace, N., & McNeil, C. B. (2018). Examining factors associated with elevated Lie Scale responding on the Child Abuse Potential Inventory. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 56-64.

Oosterhoff, B., Shook, N. J., & Ford, C. G. (2018). Is that disgust I see? Political ideology and biased visual attention. Behavioural Brain Research, 336, 227-235.

Shook, N. J., Ford, C. G., Strough, J., Delaney, R., & Barker, D. (2017). In the moment and feeling good: Age differences in mindfulness and positive affect. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 3, 338-347.

Hopkins, P. D., & Shook, N. J. (2017). Development of an intergroup anxiety toward Muslims scale. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 61, 7-20.

Shook, N. J., Ford, C. G., & Boggs, S. (2017). Dangerous worldview: A mediator of the relation between disgust and social conservatism. Personality and Individual Differences, 119, 252-261.

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-0913
Mailing Address231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026, Storrs, CT, 06269, United States