Doctoral student in Integrative Neuroscience


Kim is a graduate student in Integrative Neuroscience working with Dr. Marc Berman. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012, where she worked in Dr. Christine Larson’s Affective Neuroscience Lab performing ERP studies of emotion. Following graduation, she worked primarily in a multi-modal imaging lab at the Medical College of Wisconsin, conducting parallel and simultaneous EEG-fMRI studies.

Research Interests

Broadly, Kim is interested in the role of environmental factors on cognitive function, emotion, and social behavior. Currently, she is conducting projects to examine the role of environmental preferences in the benefits of nature exposure, employing both behavioral and functional neuroimaging (fNIRS) methods.


Meidenbauer, K. L., Stenfors, C., Young, J., Layden, E. A., Schertz, K. E., Kardan, O., Decety, J., & Berman, M. G. (2019). The gradual development of the preference for natural environments. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 65. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101328

Meidenbauer, K. L., Cowell, J. M., & Decety, J. (2018). Children’s neural processing of moral scenarios provides insight into the formation and reduction of in-group biases. Developmental Science., e12676. doi: 10.1111/desc.12676

Decety, J., Meidenbauer, K. L., & Cowell, J. M. (2017). The development of cognitive empathy and concern in preschool children: A behavioral neuroscience investigation. Developmental Science. doi: 10.1111/desc.12570

Meidenbauer, K. L., Cowell, J. M., Killen, M., & Decety, J. (2016) A developmental neuroscience study of moral decision-making regarding resource allocation. Child Development. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12698

Decety, J., Lewis, K. L.,& Cowell, J. M. (2015). Specific electrophysiological components distinguish affective sharing and empathic concern in psychopathy. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(1), 493-504. doi: 10.1152/jn.00253.2015

Lewis, K. L., Taubitz, L. E., Duke, M. W., Steuer, E. L., & Larson, C. L. (2015) State rumination enhances elaborative processing of negative material as evidenced by the late positive potential. Emotion, 15(6), 687-693. doi: 10.1037/emo0000095

Humphries, C., Sabri, M., Lewis, K. & Liebenthal, E. (2014). Hierarchical organization of auditory cortex in speech perception. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8:406. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00406