I'm a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
My specialization is in the application of statistical methodologies to
psychological and behavioral investigations, particularly with respect to longitudinal
data analysis. I'm currently engaged in several research initiatives: (1)
The Manchester Longitudinal Study of Cognition - an investigation of life-style factors
as predictors of age-related declines in mental functioning, (2) The Shamatha Project - a
study of the psychophysiological effects of intensive meditation practice, and (3)
Savanas Forever Tanzania - an effort to identify behavioral features among rural African youth
linked to increased risk for contracting HIV/AIDS.
Jacobs, T.L., Epel, E. S., Lin, J. Blackburn, E. H., Wolkowitz, O. M., Bridwell, D.A.,
Zanesco, A.P., Aichele, S.R., Sahdra, B.K., Maclean, K. A, King, B.G., Shaver, P.R.,
Rosenberg, E.L., Ferrer, E., Wallace, B. A. & Saron, C.D. (2011).
Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological
mediators. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 36, 664-681.
Sahdra, B. K., MacLean, K. A., Shaver, P. R., Ferrer, E., Rosenberg, E., Jacobs, T. L., Zanesco, A.,
Aichele, S., King, B., Bridwell, D., Lavy., S. Mangun, G. R., Wallace, B. A.,
& Saron, C. D. (in press). Dynamic influence of cognitive response inhibition on adaptive psychological
functioning during intensive meditation training.
MacLean, K.A., Ferrer, E., Aichele, S.R.,
Bridwell, D.A., Zanesco, A.P., Jacobs, T.L., King, B.G., Rosenberg, E.L.,
Sahdra, B.K., Shaver, P.R., Wallace, A.B., Mangun, G.R., & Saron, C.D.
(2010). Intensive meditation training leads to improvements in
perceptual discrimination and sustained attention.
Psychological Science, 21, 829-839.
MacLean, K.A., Aichele, S.R., Bridwell, D.A.,
Mangun, G.R., Wojciulik, E., & Saron, C.D. (2009). Interactions between
Endogenous and Exogenous Attention during Vigilance.
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 71, 1042-1058.