IMG_1046 I’m a Post-doctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab. I completed my PhD at Northeastern University in the Emotion and Social Cognition Lab.

My research centers on emotion, compassion, and meditation, which takes an interdisciplinary approach that uses methods from social psychology, affective science, and peripheral psychophysiology.  My research also seeks to integrate contemplative traditions to develop models of compassion, emotion, and human flourishing.

My work has been funded by the Mind and Life Institute.

My email address is condon.pc at

Media Coverage

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.


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.

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.