IMG_1046 I’m a PhD candidate at Northeastern University in the Emotion and Social Cognition Lab and the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab.

My research examines the social dynamics of emotion, compassion, and meditation and incorporates methods from social psychology and affective science. I am particularly interested in the ongoing dialogue between science and contemplative traditions and seek to integrate contemplative models of compassion, emotion, and human flourishing in my research. My work has been funded by the Mind and Life Institute.

The work of my colleagues and I has been featured in various blogs. See coverage by the NYT Sunday Reviewthe Mind and Life Institute, and the Greater Good Science Center covering our research on meditation and compassionate behavior. See NYT Sunday Review covering our research on compassion and forgiveness.

My email address is condon.pc at


Condon, P., & Barrett, L.F. (2013). Conceptualizing and experiencing compassion. Emotion, 13, 817-821.

Condon, P., Desbordes, G., Miller, W.B., & DeSteno, D. (2013). Meditation increases compassionate responses to suffering. Psychological Science, 24, 2125-2127.

Bartlett, M.Y., Condon, P., Cruz, J., Baumann, J., & DeSteno, D. (2012). Gratitude: Prompting behaviours that build relationships. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 2-13.

Condon, P., & DeSteno, D. (2011). Compassion for one reduces punishment for another. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 698-701.

Book Chapters

Condon, P., Wilson-Mendenhall, C.D., & Barrett, L.F. (2014). The psychological construction of positive emotion as a window onto well-being. In J. Gruber & J. Moskowitz,  (Eds.), Positive emotion: Integrating the light sides and dark sides (pp. 11-33). New York: Oxford University Press.

Condon, P., Wilson-Mendenhall, C.D., & Barrett, L.F. (2014). What is a positive emotion? The psychological construction of pleasant fear and unpleasant happiness. In M. Tugade, M.N. Shiota, & L.D. Kirby, (Eds.), Handbook of positive emotions (pp. 60-81). New York: Guilford Press.