Warren S. Brown

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Warren Shelburne Brown
Born (1944-09-08) September 8, 1944 (age 73)
Education B.A. Psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University (1966, magna cum laude)
M.A. Experimental Psychology at the University of Southern California (1968)
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology at the University of Southern California (1971)
Spouse(s) Janet Brown
Awards § Awards and honors
Scientific career
  • Evoked Potential Correlates of Information Delivery and Uncertainty in Downs Syndrome and Normal Children (1968)
  • Visual Evoked Potentials, Laterality of Eye Movements and the Asymmetry of Brain Functions (1971)
Website fuller.edu/faculty/wbrown/

Warren S. Brown (born September 8, 1944) is director of the Lee Edward Travis Research Institute at the Fuller Theological Seminary and Professor of Psychology in the Graduate School of Psychology. He has been a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute since 1982.[1] Dr. Brown received his doctorate in Experimental Physiological Psychology from the University of Southern California (1971). Prior to Fuller, Brown spent 11 years as a research scientist at the UCLA Brain Research Institute and was a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion.[2] Brown and his wife founded the annual "Warren and Janet Brown Scholarship" that supports students in neuropsychological research.[1] He served on the editorial board of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.[3]

Neuropsychological research[edit]

Warren Brown is involved in experimental neuropsychological research related to functions of the corpus callosum of the brain and its relationship to higher cognitive processes in humans. In particular, he has been studying the implications of agenesis of the corpus callosum (i.e., congenital absence of the corpus callosum, the pathway that connects the right and left hemispheres). Brown has been interested in the implications of this disorder for mental abilities and social awareness. Over the last 15 years his lab has conducted the largest study accomplished thus far (both in number of subjects and depth of testing) on cognitive and social disabilities of individuals with agenesis of the corpus callosum.[4] He has authored or coauthored over 75 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; 15 chapters in edited scholarly books; and over 120 presentations at scientific meetings.[5]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Warren Brown, Nancey Murphy and H. Newton Maloney (eds.) Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998. Won the "Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences Prize", awarded by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in 1999.[6]
  • Warren Brown (ed.) Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science, and Society. Radnor, Penn: Templeton Press, 2000.
  • Nancey Murphy and Warren Brown. Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? : Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will. Oxford, U.K., Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Malcolm Jeeves and Warren Brown. Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities about Human Nature. Radnor, Penn: Templeton Press, 2009.

Research articles[edit]

  • Brown, WS, Jeeves, MA, Dietrich, R., and Burnison, DS. (1999) Bilateral field advantage and evoked potential interhemispheric transmission in commissurotomy and callosal agenesis. Neuropsychologia, 37, 1154-1180.
  • Brown, W.S. and Paul L.K., (2000) Psychosocial deficits in agenesis of the corpus callosum with normal intelligence. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. 5, 135-157.
  • Brown, W.S., Paul, L.K., Symington, M., and Dietrich, R. (2005) Comprehension of Humor in Primary Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. Neuropsychologia. 43:906-916.
  • Brown, W.S., Symington, M., VanLancker, D., Dietrich, R. and Paul, L.K. (2005) Paralinguistic processing in children with Callosal Agenesis: Emergence of neurolinguistic deficits. Brain and Language. 93, 135-139.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Phillip M. Rennick Award by the International Neuropsychological Society (1997)
  • Phillip M. Rennick Award by the International Neuropsychological Society (1995)
  • C. Davis Weyerhaeuser Teaching Excellence Award by The Stewardship Foundation (1992)
  • Point Loma Nazarene University Outstanding Alumnus Award (1988)[7]
  • National Science Foundation U.S.-Industrialized Countries Exchange of Scientists and Engineers (1986)
  • Point Loma Nazarene University Outstanding Alumnus Award (1976)[7]
  • Research Scientist Development Award, Type I by the NIMH (1975–1980)[8]
  • Nelson Butters Award finalist (2000)


  1. ^ "Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology."[9]


  1. ^ a b "Neuroscience News Winter 2010". UCLA Brain Research Institute. 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Founding Members of ISSR". ISSR. 2007. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Emergence of Personhood: A Quantum Leap?". John Templeton Foundation. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Travis Research Institute - Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum". Travis Research Institute. 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Warren Brown - Faculty Page at Fuller Theological Seminar
  6. ^ "The Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences Prize". Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Past Alumni Award Recipients". Point Loma Nazarene University. 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Warren Brown | Closer to Truth". PBS. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "APA Membership Types: Fellows". American Psychological Association. 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Division 40 of the American Psychological Association". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 

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