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
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.
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