Gunes Sevinc, Ph.D.

Gunes Sevinc, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Gunes Sevinc

Gunes is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School. Her PhD dissertation focused on neural networks associated with moral cognition, especially those involved in the detection of morally relevant stimuli. Her current research interests include the relationship between mindfulness meditation and moral cognition. She is specifically interested in the structural and functional changes associated with mindfulness practice as they relate to moral behavior and prosociality. Currently, she is utilizing multivariate neuroimaging analysis methods to investigate the effects of mindfulness practice in improving cognition.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

1. Sevinc, G., Hölzel, B.K., Greenberg, J., Gard, T., Brunsch, V., Hashmi, J., Vangel, M., Orr, S., Milad, M., Lazar, S.W. (2019). Stregnthened Hippocampal Circuits Underlie Enhanced Retrieval of Extinguised Fear Memories Following Mindfulness Training. Biological Psychiatry. [pdf]

2. Sevinc, G., & Lazar, S.W. (2018). How does mindfulness training improve moral cognition: A theoretical and experimental framework for the study of embodied ethics. MindRxiv. [pdf]

3. Greenberg, J., Datta, T., Shapero, B. G., Sevinc, G., Mischoulon, D., & Lazar, S. W. (2018). Compassionate hearts protect against wandering minds: Self-compassion moderates the effect of mind-wandering on depression. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 5(3), 155-169. [pdf]

4. Sevinc, G., Gurvit, H., & Spreng, R. N. (2017). Salience network engagement with the detection of morally laden information. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, nsx035. [pdf]

5. Sevinc, G., & Spreng, R. N. (2014). Contextual and perceptual brain processes underlying moral cognition: a quantitative meta-analysis of moral reasoning and moral emotions. PloS one9(2), e87427. [pdf]

6. Sevinc, G., Hölzel, B.K., Hashmi, J., Greenberg, J., McCallister, A., Treadway, M., Schneider, M.L., Dusek, J.A., Carmody, J. and Lazar, S.W., 2018. Common and Dissociable Neural Activity Following Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Relaxation Response Programs. Psychosomatic Medicine. [pdf]




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