My main research focus is on testing how compassion meditation training can help relieve stress, especially the stress of difficult interpersonal relations.
PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin, Madison
My main research focus is on testing how compassion meditation training can help relieve stress, especially the stress of difficult interpersonal relations. In my most recent grant, I have developed a Smartphone app to assist in applying meditation techniques for daily stress relief, and will be examining the neural, physiological and behavioral changes that may come from such training.
I serve as the neuroimaging liaison for the Center for Advanced Imaging. Anyone looking to develop a reseach project involving MRI, PET, EEG, or TMS can feel free to contact me. I can help provide training in these techniques and the analyses that are involved, assist with experimental design and IRB, and help connect people with others who may have similar interests. Current CAI projects include studies on working memory, mindfulness, trust, cognition in neonates, structual analyses of airways in pediatric sleep disorders, stroke studies in humans and animal models, PET changes with depression, testing a stand along or MRI insert brain-dedicated PET helmet, and auditory processing in disorded populations.We have a weekly group of neuroimagers that meets at Mondays at 4:00 in the CAI conference room.
- Gong K, Majewski S, Kinahan PE, Harrison RL, Elston BF, Manjeshwar R, Dolinsky S, Stolin AV, Brefczynski-Lewis JA, Qi J. Designing a compact high performance brain PET scanner-simulation study. Phys Med Biol (2016). 61(10): 3681-97. PMCID: PMC4863179.
- Puce A, McNeely ME, Berrebi ME, Thompson JC, Hardee J, Brefczynski-Lewis JA. Multiple faces elicit augmented neural activity. Front Hum Neurosci (2013) 7: 282. PMCID: PMC3682123
- Lewis JW, Frum C, Brefczynski-Lewis JA, Talkington WJ, Walker NA, Rapuano KM, Kovach AL. Cortical network differences in the sighted versus early blind for recognition of human-produced action sounds. Hum Brain Mapp (2011) 32(12): 2241-55. PMCID: PMC3517890
- Brefczynski-Lewis JA, Berrebi ME, McNeely ME, Prostko AL, Puce A. In the blink of an eye: neural responses elicited to viewing the eye blinks of another individual. Front Hum Neurosci (2011) 5:68. PMCID: PMC3151614
- Brefczynski-Lewis JA, Datta R, Lewis JW, DeYoe EA. The topography of visuospatial attention as revealed by a novel visual field mapping technique. J Cogn Neurosci (2009) 21(7): 1447-60. PMCID: PMC2749240
- Brefczynski-Lewis J, Lowitszch S, Parsons M, Lemieux S, Puce A. Audiovisual non-verbal dynamic faces elicit converging fMRI and ERP responses. Brain Topogr (2009) 21(3-4): 193-206. PMCID: PMC2707948
- Lewis JW, Talkington WJ, Walker NA, SPirou GA, Jajosky A, Frum C, Brefczynski-Lewis JA. Human cortical organization for processing vocalizations indicates representation of harmonic structure as a signal attribute. J Neurosci (2009) 29(7): 2283-96. PMCID: PMC2774090
- Lutz A, Brefczysnki-Lewis J, Johnstone T, Davidson RJ. Regulation of the neural circuitry of emothion by compassion meditation: effects of meditative expertise. PLoS One (2008) 3(3): e1897. PMCID: PMC2267490