Warren Brown has been at Fuller since 1982 and serves as director of the Travis Research Institute and professor of psychology. Currently, he is most actively involved in neuroscience research related to the cognitive and psychosocial disabilities in a congenital brain malformation called agenesis of the corpus callosum. Brown has also studied callosal function in dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease; and has done research on brain wave changes associated with aging and dementia, language comprehension, dialysis treatment for kidney disease, and attention deficits in schizophrenia.
Most recently, Brown and colleagues from other institutions have been involved in research into the psychology and neuroscience of exemplars of the virtues of compassion and generosity. This research has resulted in a $1.2 million grant from the Templeton Foundation (Love, Compassion, and Care: Virtue Science and Exemplarity in Real Life and in the Laboratory).
Brown has authored or coauthored over 75 scholarly articles in such peer-reviewed scientific journals as Neuropsychologia, Psychophysiology, Biological Psychiatry, Developmental Neuropsychology, Cortex, Nature Review Neuroscience, and Science; 15 chapters in edited scholarly books; and over 150 presentations at scientific meetings.
Brown has also written and lectured on the integration of neuroscience and Christian faith, and was principal editor and contributor to Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature (1998). He was also editor and contributor to Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science and Society (2000), and wrote (with Nancey Murphy) Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (2007). He is also coauthor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities of Human Nature (with Malcolm Jeeves, 2009) and The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church (with Brad Strawn, 2012).
Brown and his colleagues recently received a grant from the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences for interdisciplinary study on the nature of virtue. He is a past recipient of a prestigious National Institute of Mental Health Research Career Development Award, and a National Science Foundation Exchange of Scientists and Engineers Grant, as well as National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and U.S. Public Health Service research contracts and grants. He is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Scientific Affiliation, and a fellow of Divisions 6 and 40 of the American Psychological Association.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Neuropsychology and psychophysiology (including study of cognitive deficits associated with pathology of the corpus callosum and the study of EEG potentials in mental activity and psychopathology), neuroscience and philosophy (i.e., free will, wisdom, and virtue), science and faith